ISU Extension and Outreach has organized these groups of young Iowans so they can connect with each other to be successful in agriculture.
Women Managing Cattle is a program for farm women to meet, share their experiences in the cattle industry, and learn from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. Women are important in agriculture, and the cattle business is no different. The Women Managing Cattle program hopes to build relationships and educate women in the cattle business by focusing on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems.
Extension swine specialists and agricultural engineers in four states have teamed-up to create an educational workshop using a “field day on wheels” – a swine ventilation training unit.
The financial climate for cow-calf producers has been “stormy,” but a Pasture Walk in northwest Iowa provided 39 producers and agri-business staff with information on how to “weather” the storm.
The Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network, an ISU Extension and Outreach initiative, establishes peer groups of young producers because livestock producers say they like to learn from other producers. They want to have more discussions and opportunities to interact with their peers.
The Pork Niche Market Working group is a learning community of niche pork companies, processors and others determined to expand markets and increase profitability for their enterprises.
Iowa beef producers are raising more beef from fewer forage acres after putting into practice forage and grazing management education offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.
Keeping young producers involved in the cattle industry, when there is such a strong focus on profitability, has long been a challenge. Learn about the Young Cattleman Project in eastern Iowa.