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Boots in the Barn-A Focus on Farm Communication

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will once again offer Boots in the Barn, a program designed for women dairy and beef producers. The program will be held on November 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the community room of the Commercial Club Park in Dyersville, Iowa.

Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the program, which focuses on family communication. The meeting will also provide opportunities to learn more about attendees’ own personality as well as others, and how it relates to working with both family and non-family members on dairy and beef operations.

Registration for the event can be done online at For more information contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton, Delaware or Dubuque County offices.

There is no fee for this program which is sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.


2019 Iowa Farm Couple Getaways

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
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In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available two “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transition or just would like a weekend away to discuss farm and farm family issues.  The first “getaway” will be held Friday and Saturday, February 15-16 at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.  The second “getaway” will be held March 22-23 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque.  The “getaways” run from 12:30 pm on Friday to 3 pm on Saturday.  There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by grants and sponsorships.  However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

Past “Farm Couple Getaways” have proven to be beneficial to farm couples.  They are a very productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful”, says Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” Each “getaway” will consist of eight farm couples and our Extension facilitators.  Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis with registrations due two weeks prior to each session. Registration brochures for the Decorah site can be obtained from Jenn Bentley or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension Office at 563-382-2949.  Registration brochures for the Dubuque site, or questions regarding the getaway experience, can be directed to Larry Tranel at the Dubuque County ISU Extension Office at 563-583-6496.

The “Farm Couple Getaways” Gold sponsors are Iowa Farm Bureau, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, and Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. Silver sponsors are American Trust, Decorah Bank &Trust, and Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank. Bronze sponsors are Iowa State Dairy Association, State Bank—Calmar & Ossian, Cresco Union Savings Bank, Viking State Bank, Clinton National Bank, and Dairy Farmers of America.


Improving Conversations with Your Lender

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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For more information contact:

Iowa- Fred M. Hall, ph: 712.737.4230, email:

Minnesota- Jim Salfer, ph: 320.203.6093, email:

Nebraska- Kim Clark, ph: 402.472.6065, email:

South Dakota- Tracey Erickson, ph: 605.882.5140, email

Time To Visit Your Lender?

Things You Should Prepare For Before Walking Into That Meeting

The I-29 Moo University is hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 20 that will focus on preparing the information that lenders will ask for. The “Improving Conversations With Your Lender” webinar will outline and explain the banking benchmarks and financial documents that lenders need to evaluate loans. The webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and will include time for questions at the end of the webinar.

In addition, the program will focus on improving enterprise expense breakdowns and identify follow-up information that is available.

South Dakota State University Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist Heather Gessner will present the information. She grew up on a diversified operation raising cattle and hogs, as well as corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. Since joining SDSU Extension in 2001, she has earned a national reputation providing farmers and ranchers with enterprise analysis, budget spreadsheets, marketing education, as well as estate and transition planning, education and assistance.

There is no fee, but an on-line registration is required at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its thirteenth year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on: best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community. For more information about this webinar or other I-29 Moo University programs contact your state Extension Dairy Specialist. In South Dakota, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist at 605.882.5140 or email for more information.