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Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning | Clarion, Iowa | Begins Tuesday, March 26, 2019
February 25, 2019

Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning | Clarion, Iowa | Begins Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program is holding Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning, a five session course beginning Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Clarion, Iowa and continuing April 2, April 9, April 16 and April 23. Classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a light meal served at 5:45 p.m. The classes will be held at the Clarion Public Library, 302 N. Main St., Clarion, Iowa. Cost is $75.

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, ISU President, addresses ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference attendees.
December 22, 2018

December 22, 2018

By Madeline Schultz, Women in Ag Program Manager

“I’m so proud of the work all of you are doing in agriculture,” stated Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, as she opened up the 2018 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference on November 27 in Ames, Iowa. The conference theme was ‘The Conversations of Leadership.’  The 74 women and men attending the conference enjoyed hearing about Dr. Wintersteen’s leadership journey and her insights on the university’s impact on Iowa agriculture.

ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference attendees tour the Farm House on ISU's campus in November 2017..
November 09, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference will be held on November 26-27, 2018 at the Iowa State Center – Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. The cost to participate in all conference activities and meals is $30.00 for students and $60.00 for all others. The conference theme is "The Conversations of Leadership."

Dr. Carmen Bain introduces Cheryl Tevis and Madeline Schultz for Women in Agriculture and the Food System (SOC350X).
October 24, 2018
Strengthening Women’s Leadership in Agriculture 

By Madeline Schultz

Students at Iowa State University have an opportunity to participate in a new course this semester called Women in Agriculture and the Food System (SOC350X).

Kristine Tidgren of ISU Law and Taxation; Keri Jacobs of CARD, Extension Economist, Iowa Institute for Cooper
May 22, 2018

Iowa Women in Agriculture 12th Annual Conference, Tour and Networking Reception

Women in Ag Farm Tour 2017
May 21, 2018

Women across Iowa have the opportunity to visit diverse agricultural businesses through six one-day bus tours this summer. Each tour is designed by local groups of women in agriculture and led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county professionals and the Women in Ag program. Interested persons may sign up for a local tour, take a tour across the state, or join several tours. 


 

The Iowa State University farm management team received an award for teaching more than 100 Annie’s Project courses in Iowa.
April 26, 2018

The Iowa State University farm management team received an award for teaching more than 100 Annie’s Project courses in Iowa. Presented during the annual ISU Extension and Outreach for Agriculture and Natural Resources conference on April 2, 2018, the award recognizes teams for outstanding program development and responsiveness to clients.

 Cortney Garrington was recognized with a County Professional Excellence award on April 3, 2018.
April 26, 2018

Cortney Garrington was recognized with a County Professional Excellence award on April 3, 2018. The award, bestowed on her by ISU Extension and Outreach to Agriculture and Natural Resources, recognizes agricultural teaching excellence and outstanding responsiveness to the needs of agricultural clients.

A dynamo of innovation and responsiveness, Cortney began her service as the Executive Director of ISU Extension and Outreach in Warren County in 2015. An Osceola County 4Her, graduate of Iowa State University, and former high school agricultural teacher; Cortney brings the research and resources of the university to those who live and work in Warren County.

Members of Iowa Ag Extension Association recognized for outstanding communication efforts.
April 04, 2018

As they do every year in early April, members of the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association recently came to Ames for their spring meeting at Iowa State University.  They attended a couple days of training and information sessions, to get updated and learn what’s new in their area of expertise.

On one of the evenings the membership business meeting is held, and winners of the IAEA annual communications awards are announced.

Wallaces Farmer magazine is a long-time sponsor of the annual communications awards presented by IAEA. The recognition goes to IAEA members who submit entries of their work in various categories, which are judged. The state winners receive a cash award, and their entries are then advanced to regional competition sponsored by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

BFN conference registration
February 22, 2018

The Iowa State University Beginning Farmers Network (BFN) is a campus club that was created to allow beginning farmers here at Iowa State sharpen their personal skill with an opportunity to network and hear from excellent speakers at monthly meetings.  BFN works closely with ISU Extension and Outreach and our Beginning Farmers Center.  The annual Farmers Networking Conference BFN hosts was held on Saturday February 10, at the Schemen Building in Ames.

Two women and two men in Fort Dodge, Iowa
January 18, 2018

Annie's Project was founded by Ruth Hambleton in 2003.  In Iowa, we hosted our first Annie's Project class in Washington County in 2004!

Beginning January 29, 2018, ISU Women in Ag will host the 100th Annie's Project class in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The class is being lead by Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension and Outreach Area Farm Management Field Specialist.  Hear more on the history of Annie's Project and see what we offer for classes in Iowa.

Audrey Brown – Plymouth County
December 06, 2017

Seven Iowa women were recognized at the inaugural Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference held November 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The 2017 Women Impacting Agriculture were honored for making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers.

Roxi Beck Quote
November 13, 2017

Roxi Beck is active on the speaking circuit and is a trusted advisor to food system thought leaders. Beck helps audiences think differently about earning trust. In this keynote address, learn strategies to improve communication with consumers, and how to cut out conflict and develop more effective conversations with "eaters" of all types.

November 13, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference will begin Monday, November 27.  This optional pre-conference event includes the option of one of three intensive workshops, with networking opportunities throughout the day.

Mary Foley Balvanz, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Training Manager, and Heather Lilienthal, Iowa Soybean Association Di
October 20, 2017

Bring out the Leader in You Intensive Workshop

This month, we are pleased to announce the third intensive workshop offered as part of the ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference. Mary Foley Balvanz, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Training Manager, and Heather Lilienthal, Iowa Soybean Association Director of Producer Services, will work to “Bring Out the Leader in You” on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

 

Velvet Buckingham, one of seven Women Impacting Agriculture
October 19, 2017

Last month, we shared stories of four Women Impacting Agriculture in Iowa. These Women Impacting Agriculture are making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers. They will be honored and recognized at the November 28, 2017 Women in Ag Leadership Conference in Ames.

Diane Young
October 19, 2017

Diane Young is the Owner and Director of Technical Services for Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1991 with degrees in both Agricultural Microbiology and Animal Science. Founded in 2009, the laboratory specializes in conducting analyses for for animal feed, food safety, water quality and biofuels. With over twenty years of experience in the food and science industry, Diane has worked to incorporate customer service values into the business in order to enhance the relationships they share with their clients.

October 19, 2017

 

               Recently, Iowa State University Women in Ag was invited to assist in hosting 8 women visiting from Nigeria.  A grant was found by ISU professor, Dr. Ebby Luvaga, from the Cochran Fellowship Program.  The Cochran Fellowship Program was created to give short-term training in the United States to agriculture professionals from foreign nations.  Dr. Luvaga mentioned that she is always excited to work with women from Africa and jumped at the chance to bring the women to Iowa.  Online applications and a personal interview where the women had to justify their seat in the program and show passion for agriculture, along with data proving their willingness to pursue agriculture upon returning to Nigeria qualified 8 women for the program. 

ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag on Facebook
September 21, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference

The main leadership conference is taking place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Ames, Iowa. In addition, we are offering intensive workshops on Monday evening, November 27, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These three hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development.

Dr. Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University Economics Assistant Professor and Cooperatives Extension Specialist
September 21, 2017
ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference


Whether you want to be an active leader within your farm family, create the agribusiness career path of your dreams, or influence local agricultural boards and committees, this conference will have something for you. The event will bring women together for inspiration, informal mentoring, new ideas and expanded skill sets around leadership. As we continue to grow the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, we want to offer activities that are unique in our state, take advantage of university expertise, and support the community of women in agriculture. 


The main leadership conference is taking place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Ames, Iowa. In addition, we are offering intensive workshops on Monday evening, November 27, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These three hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development.

Dr. Jennifer Leptien, Iowa State University Interim Director for Learning Communities, and Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director of the
September 19, 2017

Whether you are taking charge in an agribusiness, out in the dairy barn, or around your farm family’s kitchen table, it is likely you will find yourself leading at some point in your life. This workshop is designed to help you recognize and utilize your own personal leadership strengths to the best of your abilities.

Women Marketing Grain class in Fort Dodge July 2017
September 14, 2017

Women Marketing Grain Class Teaches Long-Term Marketing Success

Navigating the ups and downs of the grain market can be a daunting challenge for farmers. Eighteen women decided to take on that challenge by participating in Women Marketing Grain in Fort Dodge. Women Marketing Grain is a four-session class that met weekly in July 2017. The class helps farm women learn more about market strategies and staying on track for long-term market success.

Shelf of products
September 14, 2017

This year, there is nearly $18 million available in competitive grant funds for those interested in implementing value-added processes.  These Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) can be used to fund either the development of marketing and business plans to establish a value-added operation, or to give access to capital in order to help make your value-added operation more competitive at the domestic or international market.

Anna MacDonald Golightly – Winterset, Madison County
September 13, 2017

Meet Four of the ISU Extension and Outreach Women Impacting Agriculture 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program is recognizing seven Iowa women who are making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers. These honorees continue to demonstrate the important role women play in Iowa agriculture.

Three interns stand outside of an ISU tent at a farmers market
September 11, 2017

My name is Shana Hilgerson. This past summer I had the opportunity to work with ISU Extension and Outreach in north central Iowa, visited producers, farmer's markets, and held children's programs. I also got to travel the state as the Alternate Iowa State Dairy Princess, which was an awesome way to meet other inspiring young women advocating for their industry. 

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