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Updated: 2016-09-29T15:43:30Z

 



Extension and Outreach Personnel to Receive 2016 Iowa State University Awards

2016-09-22T15:31:16Z

Five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach personnel will receive Iowa State University awards. Denise Schwab, Robert Dodds, Jon Wolseth, Daniel Morrical and Larry Tranel will be recognized during the university’s awards ceremony Monday, Sept. 26 on campus in Ames.

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Some Antibiotics in Animal Feed Will Require Veterinary Feed Directive Beginning Jan. 1

2016-09-06T14:47:07Z

In an effort to protect human and animal health from the rise of antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines that will regulate medically important antibiotic use in animal feed.

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Stockmanship, Cattle Handling, BQA Featured at Eastern Iowa Workshops

2016-08-31T16:05:55Z

Beef producers who want to learn more about improving animal movement and performance through reduced stress on livestock are invited to attend one of three workshops in eastern Iowa Sept. 19-20.

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Grassroots Grazing Heads to Iowa State Marsden Farm Near Boone

2016-08-26T15:41:57Z

The Sept. 15 session of Grassroots Grazing, at the ISU Marsden Agronomy Farm and Field Extension Education Laboratory location near Boone, offers a first-hand look and up-to-date information on grazing, cover crops, crop rotation options and the Marsden Farm cropping experiment itself.

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Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day Sept. 7 near Keota

2016-08-19T08:50:09Z

Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. The field day near Keota is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to the many benefits they provide. Such benefits include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion. Choosing which species and seeding method to implement can have a significant impact on achieving these benefits and a farmer’s goals.

The agenda topics include:

  • cover crop seeding rates, termination and pest management with Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • local famer Tim Sieren sharing his experience with cover crops
  • soil health discussion with Brian Hora of Continuum Ag LLC of Washington

The field day will be hosted by Vision Ag at 2038 Keokuk-Washington Road, on the east side of Keota. The workshop is free, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Make reservations by contacting West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project Coordinator Dan Mahoney at 319-653-2138 ext. 3.


 




Join Start to Farm, a Network for New Farmers

2016-08-18T16:19:00Z

Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network is a statewide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-career agricultural producers.

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Van Buren County Pasture Walk Sept. 7 Will Look at Forage Potential of Cover Crops

2016-08-11T16:14:28Z

The annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk will be Sept. 7, hosted by Jason and Paul Wells in Milton. The focus for the ISU Extension and Outreach pasture walk will be on using cover crops as a forage source.

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Educational Series to help Livestock Industry Prepare for Veterinary Feed Directive

2016-07-29T08:09:26Z

Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers and feed industry personnel have 11 Iowa locations to attend educational programming about the Veterinary Feed Directive.

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Iowa Pork Industry Center Offering Additional PQA Plus 3.0 Advisor Certification Session

2016-07-27T16:59:46Z

To help meet industry need, Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has added one more Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session on Aug. 26.

AMES, Iowa -- To help meet industry need, Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has added one more Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session on Aug. 26. With the introduction of this new program by National Pork Board earlier this summer, all current PQA Plus advisor certifications -- those done under the former 2.0 program -- will expire Aug. 31. IPIC held several sessions this summer and has scheduled this final full-day session before the recertification deadline.

Because the content of this newly revised program has changed significantly, advisors who are currently certified must successfully complete a 3.0 session if they wish to remain certified, according to Chris Rademacher, extension swine veterinarian at Iowa State University. However, those who want to become certified for the first time also are welcome to submit applications. The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved seven hours of CE credit for the session.

“All current PQA Plus advisor certifications will expire on Aug. 31 regardless of when the advisor most recently certified through the 2.0 program,” Rademacher said. “This also means everyone needs to complete the two-page application form and be approved to attend.”

Rademacher is coordinating this training session, which will be held in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. There is a 25-person minimum with the application deadline of Aug. 12 or whenever the 60-person maximum is reached. No walk-ins are allowed and no individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $75 per person and includes refreshments and the noon meal. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m with the session starting at 9 a.m.

“Those who wish to become certified or to maintain their certification need to submit their application soon to ensure receipt in time for approval and payment,” Rademacher said. “The form is a fillable pdf document, but people can request a word document if they prefer.”

Those who qualify and are interested in the Aug. 26 program should download, complete and submit the application form from the IPIC website.
 

Determining eligibilty to apply for certification or recertification

To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current advisor, people must meet the following qualifications:

  1.  Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) AND
  2.  Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
  3.  Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.


 
 




Early Deadline Approaches for Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop

2016-07-26T10:55:03Z

The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop is Sept. 7-8 in Des Moines. Register by Aug. 8 to get the early registration discount. The workshop is designed for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students and extension personnel.

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