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Updated: 2017-05-22T12:29:39Z


Henry County Sets PQA and TQA Producer Sessions for June 6


Southeast Iowa producers who need PQAPlus or TQA certification soon should consider sessions set for June 6 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Henry County office.


Training Available to Become FSPCA Certified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual


The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is now accepting registrations to become certified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for the Food Safety Modernization Act. This three day course will be held Aug. 9-11 at the Scheman Building, Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa.


Celebrate June Dairy Month in Iowa


Many opportunities are available for families to learn about Iowa's dairy industry during June.


Newly Revised BRaNDS Software Available from Iowa Beef Center


The Iowa Beef Center has updated the BRaNDS ration balancing software. Owners of earlier versions of professional and standard editions can update at a low cost.


Online Tool Helps Farmers Target Ideal Alfalfa Feed Value


There is a better way than relying on calendar date to determine when to harvest the first alfalfa crop of the season due to climatic variations impacting alfalfa growth and development.


Interim Director Named for Iowa State’s Beginning Farmer Center and Center for Ag Law and Taxation


William Edwards has been named interim director of two extension-focused centers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — the Beginning Farmer Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.

Short Course will Help Producers Improve Grazing Knowledge and Skills


ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a short course designed for graziers interested in a more controlled and management intensive grazing system.VINTON, Iowa -- Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa this summer and fall. The series is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service offices, and consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season. “Grassroots Grazing is designed for graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system,” said Denise Schwab, ISU extension beef program specialist. “Producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, increase forage utilization and conserve natural resources will find the modules very informative.” The course will cover concepts relevant to producers of all grass-based livestock, whether it is beef, dairy, sheep or other animals, according to Schwab. “This program is designed to help livestock producers evaluate their own pasture management and implement steps to increase their grazing efficiency,” said Schwab. “This training features experienced graziers sharing their knowledge along with Iowa State and NRCS specialists; it’s a great combination of academics with real-world experience.” Grassroots Grazing will be held in the Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Fayette county areas, but is available to any producers in northeast Iowa. Each workshop will have a classroom component with experienced instructors and a hands-on field component. Each event will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and conclude by 9 p.m. The sessions are scheduled for June 14, June 28, Aug. 29, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15. June 14 Session Brian Lang, ISU Extension and Outreach agronomist: the basics of soil and fertility. Pat Schaefers, Clayton County NRCS: converting CRP to grazing land. Michelle German, NRCS soil conservationist: pasture evaluation. Schwab: the importance of managing forage. The pasture component will be at the Nick and Ted Smith pasture near Littleport, featuring converting a CRP field into rotationally grazing paddocks, paddock design, and water development. June 28 Session Scott Flynn of Dow AgroSciences: weed and brush control, and planning for cover crop grazing. This will be at the Gene Tinker pasture. Dave Mack, NRCS: cost share opportunities. Erika Lundy, beef program specialist, Iowa Beef Center: planning for cover crops. Aug. 29 Session Dan Morrical, ISU Extension and Outreach sheep specialist: animal grazing behavior, forage requirements and supplementing on pasture. Gordon Shelangoski from Premier Fencing: fencing systems, and the Scott Cherne newly developed rotational pasture. Sept. 13 Session Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension and Outreach agricultural engineer: watering system development. Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist: grazing agreements. Tina Cibula, NRCS resource conservationist: soil health, on the Cam Schulte pasture near Garber. Nov. 15 Session The final program will be held at the Mark Glawe farm near Garber and will feature cover crop grazing and companionship of cattle to row crops. The course fee is $50 for all five sessions in the series. Individual sessions are $20 each and include the evening meal, but do not include the full resource notebook. Registration fees include a resource notebook and a light dinner, and help offset speaker travel. Registrations can be made through the ISU Extension and Outreach Benton County office at 319-472-4739 or by using the form included in the short course brochure. Short course sponsors include Iowa Beef Center, Dow AgroSciences and Arrowquip. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag[...]

Temple Grandin to Speak at Cattle Stewardship Conference in Spirit Lake


National cattle behavior specialist Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Cattle Stewardship Conference June 8 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, Spirit Lake.

Iowa Swine Day 2017 Will Showcase Nationally Recognized Pork Industry Speakers


The sixth annual Iowa Swine Day will address current issues and opportunities facing pork producers. The June 29 event will take place on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.


Iowa State Class Tours Northwest Iowa Beef Industry


Twenty Iowa State students saw first hand three components of the beef cattle industry as part of their course work.