Local Highlights

July 13, 2021

ISU Extension & Outreach Farm Management Specialist, Charles Brown is conducting farmland leasing meetings across the region in July and August. The discussion will focus on various methods to determine a fair 2022 cash rental rate and the importance of good tenant/landlord communications. In addition, a brief economic outlook will be presented along with a look at farmland prices.

Beef cattle eating
July 20, 2021

The fifth annual Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 3-5 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.

June 15, 2021

The 2021 Iowa Swine Day is back as an in-person event and organizers said they are excited to be able to offer a program of well-known speakers focused on important issues of the U.S. pork industry. The 10th annual event will be held on June 24 in the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus. Similar to past events, the morning plenary session presentations will focus on current and future industry updates and perspectives. 

June 15, 2021

Farm life can be stressful. Now, Midwestern farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers have direct access to a new tool to help manage stress, anxiety, depression or substance use issues.The newly launched website,, is aimed at providing the agricultural community with resources and support through the North Central Farm and Ranch Assistance Center.

June 15, 2021

The Feedlot Forum 2021 will be held June 29. The event focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agribusiness professionals.This year's theme is "Producing and Marketing in Today's Era," and  features nationally recognized speakers and their topics.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Our dairy team works to enhance dairy profits and overall quality of life for dairies in Iowa.

  • The Iowa Pork Industry Center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.

  • The Iowa Beef Center works to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa's beef industry.

  • Your link to Grazing News, Iowa Horse Show Judges and resources related to equine management.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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