In conservation, it starts with relationships, helping people understand that this is not a short-term business; this is a long-term business.
ISU Extension and Outreach has organized these groups of young Iowans so they can connect with each other to be successful in agriculture.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Northeast Iowa Farm to School Chapter support regional farm to school efforts in school districts across six counties, training food service workers and helping teens teach younger students.
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.
Farmers talking to farmers and learning from each other will help Iowa ramp up water quality efforts and implement new management practices to carry out the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The goal is to reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus loads in water leaving farm lands.
Women’s involvement in the farming business is increasing in Iowa and across the nation.
Kris Kohl, an ag engineering specialist, talks about a farmer who was able to save herself from being overcome by manure gas in a hog confinement because of what she learned in his manure certification training class. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.
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.