Agriculture and Natural Resources

This class is for Entrepreneurs who want to formalize a thorough business plan to start or expand their business.
These clinics will provide both classroom and hands-on activities presented by Iowa State beef extension staff as well as faculty and private industry veterinarians.
This course helps women understand how options trading can affect farmer profitability.
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification in Aerial Application, Category 11.
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification in Aerial Application, Category 11
Ag Chemical Dealer Updates deliver the latest crop production recommendations, news and information directly from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Provides independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value added agricultural enterprises through the electronic resource information website.
The goals of this series are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making.
The purpose of the Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) is to provide an objective overview of mitigation practices best suited to address odor, emissions and dust at your livestock operation.
Annie’s Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm women who want to be even more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises.
Dairy producers and industry professional are invited to a program on a current topic in the dairy industry.
The Annual Federal Income Tax Schools will prepare you for next year’s filing season.
Presentations on research updates, new technologies, and emerging issues that impact beef cow owners and managers.
Presentations on research updates, new technologies and emerging issues that impact cattle feeders.
The Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course at Iowa State University is a 3-day program designed for feedlot owners, employees, and stakeholders and includes of mix of hands-on and classroom instruction.
The Iowa Beef Center offers the Genetic Symposium to educate producers on the tools available for making genetic improvements for their operation.
Beef Nutrition Research Showcase features a variety of topics presented by Iowa State University speakers featuring current practical research at ISU and market information.
Pasture walks provide real-time looks at plant growth, weed control and water management tools, all of which are important to beef operations using pasture grazing
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common-sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to rais
Farm Transition and Beginning Farmers
Hands on workshop for training swine caretakers, includes using Glo-Germ for visual learning.
This 3 or 4-part program for women beef and dairy producers includes the core topics of nutrition, health and calving, as well as individual topics based on county priorities.

This course is for clients who are ready to proceed with their business idea and need to formalize a business plan in order to secure funding.

Cattle Feeders Camp is a 2-day program with the goal to optimize participant learning by exposing them to new technology, research, and best management practices that they can take home and implement in their feedlots to improve how they do business.

Learn to financially analyze your livestock/farm operation in a different way to find more profit, eliminate money pits and lower your stress level.

These webinars address new developments in law, policy, and tax important to the agricultural community. Join us for these timely sessions throughout the year.

Cohosted by the Center and Agricultural Law and Taxation and the Beginning Farmer Center, this conference is designed to educate professionals working with agricultural clients on topics such as business entities, estate planning, and farm income tax. Continuing education offered.


In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certificati

Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification in Handlers, Category Certified Handlers.

Environmental Protection and Enhancement
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Commercial Agriculture Production Efficiency and Productivity
Farm, Food and Enterprise Development
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is one of the longest running and most successful conferences of its kind in the Midwest.
Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits including reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, and increased soil organic matter. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local farmers.
Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions in the farming operation.
The Dairy Beef Short Course, presented by the I-29 Moo University consortium, will focus on different dairy beef aspects.
These workshops will give producers the chance to see designs and concepts in action and discuss design and ventilation options for their own facilities.
Each year counties can request to host a Dairy Directions program that will bring dairy programing to their county. The program can be a special topic request of a current issue selected by the regional dairy field specialist.
Workshops and conferences regarding dairy practices, sustainability, and dairy product health and safety.
Events to celebrate dairy month.
Gardeners will have the opportunity to learn about growing cut flowers, sweet corn and tomatoes in the home garden during this year’s Demonstration Garden Field Days, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Providing research-based beef production information to beef producers in the Driftless Region of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jointly coordinated by Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Extension.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, offers manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators.
This full-day program helps participants visualize what they want for their estate and retirement plan and the processes needed to achieve it.
Each year counties can request to host the Eye on Employees program in their county. While focused on dairy producers, it is useful for all livestock producers.
Program focused on explaining farm bill titles impacting production agriculture and programs that pertain to each part of the state.
Meetings focused on explaining the different farm bill titles and programs that pertain to each part of the state.
In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available four “Farm Couple Getaways”
Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's farm financial analysis program.

The Farm to School program includes a menu of services for local food procurement, school gardens and educational activities.

Whether you want to begin farming, you are looking to transition your farm business to the next generation, or you are a producer somewhere in between, this event is for you.
Water Quality and Conservation
ISU Farm & Ag Business Management Specialists will present information and updates on farmland leasing topics including: Current cash rental rates, land values and crop price survey results, and determining a fair cash rent rate.
Built grassroots up, this event focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agribusiness professionals.
This program teaches on the fundamentals of crop plant diagnostics. Sessions focus on insect, weed and crop disease identification, herbicide injury, nutrient deficiency symptoms, and understanding crop growth and development.
Designed for beginner-level crop scouts, as well as those looking to receive a refresher course on crop scouting principles, this workshop will illustrate the importance of crop scouting
An online, non-credit, course to teach how to develop accurate and useful financial statements for your business.
Iowa State University’s Food Microbiology groups will provide insight on the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, and enumeration, isolation, and identification methods for food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in food.
Forage field days and pasture walks utilize on-farm demonstrations of good production practices with educational discussion of plant growth, weed control and water management to increase grazing utilization and decrease production costs
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Various presentations and hands-on programs about forest management in forested, agricultural, and urban landscapes.
The Iowa Forestry Field Days program is sponsored in cooperation with the local Department of Natural Resources' District Forester, County Extension Office, and frequently with the County Conservation Board.
Each June, this conference in Dubuque provides the most current information on dairy nutrition and management to dairy nutritionists, consultants, and producers.
Each June this conference in Dubuque provides the most current information on dairy nutrition and management for dairy nutritionists, consultants, and producers.
Presentations and programing on current research, new technologies and emerging issues impacting fruit and vegetable producers.
Learn different fruit tree grafting techniques. Participants will self-graft two apple trees and take these home with them.
Learn the intricacies of pruning & training fruit trees for maximum annual crop.
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Instructor Christa Hartsook will cover how to order, care for and protect your new flock.
This series covers concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock with topics ranging from the importance of managing forage, weed and brush control, water and fencing systems, forage species selection, legal fencing, and lease issue.
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Meetings in response to hail damage in Iowa
The heartbeat of every farm business is the people involved. This course is designed to empower farm women to improve working relationships with both family and non-family partners and employees.
These programs are intended for new and existing commercial fruit and vegetable growers with an interest in high tunnel production.
Join us for a variety of webinars that will expand your knowledge, introduce you to new topics, and allow you to connect with experts from across the field.
Beekeepers will get a full day of instruction and hands-on learning from Iowa State experts, and apiary experts from across the state.
The goal of the short course is to provide dairy beef producers and allied agribusiness professionals with new technology, research and best management practices that can be implemented in the dairy beef enterprise.
This monthly dairy webinar series focuses on current issues in the dairy industry for producers in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
This class is for Entrepreneurs who want to formalize a lean business plan to start or expand their business.
This class is for Entrepreneurs or Business Owners who may be seeking classes to support business development efforts.
Offering Iowa dairy producers an opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues.
Water Quality and Conservation
The goal of the annual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is to support and inspire those interested in, or already implementing, farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state
The Iowa Forage and Grassland Council’s annual conference is the state’s premier forage educational event.
This short course is designed to highlight the importance of crop, environment, and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels.
Iowa Learning Farms' educational mission features farmer-to-farmer and Iowan-to-Iowan community building.
Iowa Learning Farms' educational mission features farmer-to-farmer and Iowan-to-Iowan community building.
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Your Farm Workshop was designed to provide farmers, landowners, and conservation professionals with information.
The program will offer a science-based education for agricultural professionals including agronomists, technical service providers, extension staff, agency personnel, educators and farmers
The program will offer a science-based education for agricultural professionals including agronomists, technical service providers, extension staff, agency personnel, educators and farmers
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 to increase collaboration, coordination, and integration among Iowa State University, Iowa Soybean Association, industry, and farmers
Each month, the Dairy Team offers a webinar on a current issue in the industry.
Program packed with highly regarded speakers focusing on important issues facing U.S. pork producers.
The annual event offered to golf course maintenance crews, athletic field managers, lawn care companies and homeowners present the opportunity for earning continuing instructional credit
Water Quality and Conservation
Training event for watershed coordinators and conservation professionals
Sow farm health and productivity drive the swine industry.
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Enterprise Development
Programs consist of management practices to explore during challenging times that can help you maintain viability in a farm operation.
The decisions made during business, estate, retirement and succession planning are combined to form a farm transition plan.
While significant opportunities exist to build on the demand for local products in local markets, many producers are hesitant or unprepared to meet the transactional requirements of commercial buyers.
The Master Conservationist Program is administered through the Natural Resources team within ISU Extension and Outreach – Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Ag & Natural Resources
Local outreach events planned and delivered by county extension Master Gardener coordinators and volunteers.
The Master Gardener Winter Webinar Series will offer a variety of webinars that will expand your knowledge, introduce you to new topics, and allow you to connect with experts from across the field.
This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).
Various presentations and hands-on programs designed for landowners and families who want to learn more about planting pollinator habitat.
Aquaculture conference that showcases university research in a way that is practical and accessible for farmers throughout the north-central region.
Fourteen sessions and 13 quizzes were developed to allow producers to explore futures price and basis movements, marketing tools and grain contracts that can help create a successful marketing plan.
The Organic Ag Program networks the overall extension program in organic cropping systems to improve production efficiency and environmental stewardship.
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification
Home Horticulture; Commercial Horticulture
Pasture walk programs delivered by field agronomists and crops specialists.
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification
The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds
Presentations on current research, new technologies and emerging pest resistance issues impacting producers.
Planter University is a brand-neutral learning opportunity to better understand and optimize planting setups with a focus on evaluating and identifying the right setting for seed, field, and equipment.
Beneficial insects provide services like pollination and the suppression of pests. Farmers and gardeners can encourage these insects by creating a refuge that supplies them a source of pollen and nectar.
Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus) is an education and certification program for pig farmers and their employees. It addresses food safety, animal well-being, environmental stewardship, worker safety, public health and community.
PorkBridge provides relevant and timely information for people involved with grow-finish swine operations.
A two-session online interactive course delivered over two days leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation
In-Person Private Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (P-CICs) provide Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Pesticide Bureau-approved training for individuals who are currently certified
Live-Streamed Private Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (P-CICs) provide Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Pesticide Bureau-approved training for individuals who are currently certified
The Private Well Stewardship Program is an educational program in which participants learn about the responsibilities and risks of being a private well owner.
Webinar series created for professionals in agriculture will discuss outlook conditions for the coming year for crop and livestock and other topics of interest with faculty from ISU Economics.
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend an upcoming Produc
The workshop will discuss concrete pit maintenance and constructions, truss management, roof and moisture management, and other repair and maintenance issues that can help protect the building and extend its life.
The workshops will lead farmers through the basics of soil testing, analytical tests, calculating crop nutrient removal, understanding return on investment from fertilizer applications, and more.
Participants will receive required training for certification on safety, regulations, nutrient value, and economics of manure management.
Participants will receive required training for certification on safety, regulations, nutrient value, and economics of manure management.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources,offers manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators.
This online curriculum offers information and tools to enhance the safety and health of a on-farm operation that allows visitors on their property.
Water Quality and Conservation
In-Person Commercial Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CICs) provide IDALS-approved content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification
Live-streamed IDALS-approved Continuing Instruction Courses (C-CIC) provide content for Commercial Pesticide Applicators who desire to renew their certification
Agricultural attorneys, tax professionals, and advisors face a tall task: helping clients succeed in the midst of constant change and pressure.
This seminar is designed to educate tax professionals and business planners on recent tax developments and issues important to their agricultural clients.
If you work in or with breeding and gestation units, gilt development systems, or farrowing barns, the SowBridge program is for you.
Software training, site selection, trouble-shooting, and consultation to make objective production and financial decisions.
Conferences, workshops, webinars and consultations for pork producers and agribusiness professionals who serve the industry.
The swine ventilation workshops offer producers a mechanism to develop a progressively deeper understanding of ventilation system management and troubleshooting
This program can be requested by counties or groups of counties to provide “homestead” and small dairies information on best management practices to produce wholesome and safe dairy
The Three-State Beef Conference is a annual meeting hosted by Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska beef extension teams to provide area beef cattle producers an annual update on current and critical cow-calf and stocker topics.
This conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest. Speakers present on a range of topics.
Programming for turfgrass management is available on demand. Programs focus on fertility, turf establishment, pest management, and turf maintenance.
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Water Quality and Conservation
Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Educational programs and learning opportunities for women on agriculture and natural resources topics delivered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm Management Team.
This three- or four-session course is designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about the key economic decisions for corn and soybean production.
This three- or four-session course is designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about the key economic decisions for corn and soybean production.
Course participants will discover their attitudes towards money and compare farm record keeping systems.
This course gives women the knowledge and confidence to improve farmland leasing and access practices, adopt new conservation systems, and design more efficient land transitions to next generation farmers.
Women horse owners and caretakers will have an opportunity to learn more about Iowa’s equine industry from a business and production perspective, during a four-session course on equine management decisions.
With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make the difference in the profitability of corn and soybean production.
A multi-session course for women interested in exploring, starting, or expanding a farm or rural business.
An educational and networking program for women that offers woodland walks, workshops, and social learning and networking events focused on woodland stewardship that increase knowledge and encourage action.