Local Highlights

May 2, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announce their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.

July 28, 2021

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is hosting a field day focused on dairy technology on the farm. The August 16 field day will feature two farm visits where attendees can see heifer facilities utilizing activity monitoring system and the use of a sand separating system.

The first farm visit will be from 10:30 am to noon at Foresight Farms, with heifer facility located at 1592 Sattre Ridge Rd, Decorah, Iowa. The dairy recently constructed a heifer facility and utilize an activity monitoring system on cows and heifers. Owner Dave Wise will be on hand to answer questions about the facilities and equipment.  The second farm visit will be from 1:15 to 2:45 PM at Full Bohr Dairy located at 3251 275th St., Ridgeway, Iowa.  Owner Nic Bohr recently constructed a mechanical sand separation into existing manure handling system. Nic is also in the process of constructing a 200 cow tunnel ventilated barn as part of herd expansion from 700 cows to 900 cows.  Nic will be available to answer questions about the facility.


June 7, 2021

Summer temperatures have arrived with 90+ temperature expected across Iowa this week. Cattle may still be acclimating to summer temperatures and may experience some heat stress issues. Breeding cows and bulls may have decreased breeding activity and fertility which can severely impact the early breeding season. Make sure cows and bulls have access to fresh water and shade to minimize heat impact.  Feedlot cattle, especially those closer to finish, are more susceptible to heat stress. Evaluate your cattle in the morning and again in the afternoon to make sure they are coping with the heat. Make sure cattle have access to plenty of fresh water and provide shade or sprinklers if possible. This early heat event is a good opportunity to make sure that your mitigation strategies will be functional for the rest of the summer. The Iowa Beef Center website has information and details on proper heat abatement strategies such as shade and sprinklers. 

March 10, 2021

Members of the Fayette County 4-H Council helped Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Story Coordinator, Becky Rea, create a video on the Digestive System that will be sent to school classrooms for youth to learn about bovine (cattle) digestion. While making the video, each of the six council members served as a part of the digestive system starting at the mouth and ending at the large intestine.  Dairy Story is normally a one-day, hands-on learning experience at Iowa’s Dairy Center located on Northeast Iowa Community College campus in Calmar. School aged youth come to campus to engage in four morning sessions, a barn tour, making ice cream and playing dairy trivia in the afternoon. To bring this opportunity to your classroom virtually, or schedule an in person visit, please contact Becky Rea at 563-568-6345.

February 3, 2021

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.”  The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads.  The podcast will feature information and interviews with ISU Extension and Outreach field ag engineers and others with expertise in engineering and environmental issues in agriculture

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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