ISU Extension and Outreach

Take your relationship to the next level

Roses from Valentine’s Day eventually will wilt and the chocolates will be consumed. For a long lasting gift, consider elevating your relationship to the next level, suggest human sciences specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. ELEVATE is a couples’ education curriculum, offered virtually, that blends practical skills with an understanding of the physiology of human interaction to enhance […]

Beef producer meeting to focus on marketing and economics

Where the cattle industry is headed and tools for beef producers is the focus of an upcoming meeting. The meeting, “Beef Feedlot Marketing and Economics,” will be Monday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Holstein, with lunch to follow. “For the past two years, COVID-19 and drought have challenged cattle market prices […]

Farm Bill Meetings for Ag Producers offered in February

Iowa producers have until March 15, to make their annual election for Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage (at the individual or county levels) under the 2018 Farm Bill. This annual decision impacts the 2022 crop year, consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill. Similar annual decisions, for the 2023 crop year, will coincide with the final year of the […]

Crop advantage series returns to Northwest Iowa in January

The 2022 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation. The Crop Advantage meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. Extension specialists will provide updated management options, as well […]

ISU Extension partners with groups to assist veterans

Between 2006 and 2021, 18,571 active U.S. military personnel lost their lives in combat serving their country. Between 2013 and 2017, veterans and service members represented 8.6 (270K) of the 3.1 M persons working or trained in agriculture. Rural veterans represent a disproportionate (and declining) share of the men and women who return home after serving; military veterans and service […]

Suicide prevention program available for faith leaders

As communities across Iowa continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges continue to impact Iowans at alarming rates. Suicide is among the top five leading causes of death for Iowans between the ages of 10 and 54 years old, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Additionally, over five times as many people died by suicide […]

Going forward with drought-stricken pastures

Given two years of inclement weather, cattle producers are evaluating pastures in order to best prepare them for the 2021 grazing season. ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Beth Doran offers guidance moving forward as the spring arrives. Continue to monitor drought conditions. In Northwest Iowa, the outlook is for persisting drought from Feb. 18 through May 31. The current […]