Local Highlights

June 25, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach will host 12 educational Farmland Leasing and Value Meetings for agricultural landowners and tenants throughout Northwest Iowa. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords and are held across the state. Each meeting will cover: farmland ownership and tenure in Iowa; cover crop research and methods to implement in lease agreements; current cash rental rate and land value survey results; methods for determining fair rents for 2020; legal aspects of farmland leases including strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; partition law changes; as well as other ISU Extension and Outreach resources.

June 24, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agri-business personnel. The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

July 18, 2019

Five workshops will be held around Iowa in late July and early August to help swine producers prepare for a potential foreign animal disease like African Swine Fever in the United States. 

July 11, 2019
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, several major beef processors will require all commercial and farmer/feeders that deliver cattle to their facilities to be BQAT certified. You may certify online at or attend one of these in-person trainings. A limited number of in-person trainings will be offered in Iowa, with one training Aug. 9 in Carroll and one Aug. 13 in Sioux Center.
July 10, 2019

Beef producers and agri-business professionals have an opportunity to obtain their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification in Northwest Iowa, according to ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Beth Doran. The Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering a training on Aug. 6 at Frontier Bank, 301 Main St., in Rock Rapids. The session, set for 10:00 a.m. to Noon, will feature eight best management practices and new emerging trends in the beef industry.


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     Beef Producer Tour

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  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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