Agriculture

Wed
16
Mar

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

Wed
16
Mar

Common Swine Industry Audit Training to be offered in Howard County March 31

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University (ISUEO) Extension and Outreach are teaming up to offer a free session to assist Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA).
The program is set for Thursday, March 31 from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Howard County Extension office, 132 First Avenue West in Cresco, according to ISUEO swine specialist Mark Storlie.
“Session attendees will walk through the steps of the audit, evaluate areas for improvement and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be prepared for the audit process,” Storlie said. “Attendees will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, from support by IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff.”

Wed
16
Mar

Nominations now open for Iowa State Fair award to recognize farm family values

The Iowa State Fair and WHO News Radio 1040 are searching for nominations for the 2016 Way We Live Award to honor farm families that exemplify the unique values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming. To enter or nominate someone, submit an entry form along with a 500-1500 word essay describing how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family’s life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/the-way-we-live-award/. All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed by May 15 of this year and sent to:
The Way We Live Award
Iowa State Fair
P.O. Box 57130

Wed
09
Mar

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

Meeting
The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. in the Allamakee County Conference Room.

Wed
09
Mar

Nominations being accepted for Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year honor through Iowa Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages Iowans to nominate deserving farmers for the 2016 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. The award is given out each year to one statewide winner who is making outstanding contributions towards soil conservation and water quality. The award is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).
“The award recognizes a farmer who has gone above and beyond in their conservation efforts. It is important that we recognize the continuous voluntary improvements made by all Iowa farmers and help raise awareness about the efforts by farmers to conserve our valuable soil and protect water quality,” Northey said.

Wed
09
Mar

Farm Succession Planning Class scheduled March 30

A Farm Succession Planning Class is being scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dahl Centennial Union (Borlaug Room) on the campus of Luther College in Decorah. Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension, will be the instructor for the class.
Succession planning is essential to the thoughtful, transparent and complex process of passing a farm on to the next generation. This class will discuss the language of estate planning; gift, estate and inheritance taxes; working with legal and tax professionals; and how to navigate the family communication that is vital to creating a good estate plan. Anyone who is unsure of how to build a transition plan or what options are best for their family or a farm operation will find this class extremely helpful. Lunch will be provided.

Wed
02
Mar

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

Meeting
The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. in the Allamakee County Conference Room.

Wed
02
Mar

Annie’s Project provides agriculture business education to Iowa farm women

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Allamakee County will offer a networking program that empowers women in agriculture to become better business partners and owners.
Annie’s Project, a six-week course designed especially to help farm women develop their management and decision-making skills, is being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County. Online registration is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag or at the Allamakee County Extension office.
Classes will be held at Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 Noon beginning March 17 and continuing each Thursday through April 21. A light lunch will be provided from noon to 12:30 p.m. within the cost of the program.

Wed
02
Mar

Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference scheduled for March 11

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference March 11 at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Pioneer Farm in Platteville. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on educating consumers and animal care practices. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend. Youth are also encouraged to attend as this will be the first conference to offer a youth track with hands-on and interactive activities by conference speakers.

Wed
02
Mar

Farmland Drainage Workshop scheduled for March 11 in Osage

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau of Mitchell County, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Checkoff, various industry partners, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are collaborating to offer a day-long Farmland Drainage Workshop Friday, March 11. The workshop will be held at the V.F.W. located at 3693 Hwy. 218 North, Osage, with registration at 8 a.m., and the workshop beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Topics to be covered include sub-surface drainage design concepts, wetland determinations, Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, long-term benefits of tiling, economics, nutrient cycling in soils, controlled drainage, bioreactors, saturated buffers, legal issues related to tiling and drainage laws.

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