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As I have been traveling in NW Iowa, I’m seeing standing water in fields and am wondering what how unusual warm temperatures will effect the stands. ISUEO Agronomist Brian Lang send out this link- it has lots of good information:

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An article in Feedstuffs noted that the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component: FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES).

The ES module joins the FARM Program’s two other pillars, FARM Animal Care and FARM Antibiotic Stewardship. The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

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The value of U.S. dairy product exports in 2016 was $4.8 billion, a 10 percent reduction from 2015. Mexico, Canada, and China remained the top three markets in terms of dairy export value, accounting for nearly half of the total value of dairy product exports in 2016.

Hoard’s Dairyman Intel had a great article today that puts it in perspective:

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The I-29 Moo University hosted a winter workshop series titled “Hot Topics for Cold Days” from January 16-20 with a featured workshop in Orange City on January 19.

More than 100 dairy producers, college students, extension personnel and industry colleagues representing more than 43,000 milking cows attended the I-29 Moo University winter workshop series. This five-day workshop series presented one agenda over five days in five states.  The traveling workshop series began in Jamestown, North Dakota, then traveled to Watertown, South Dakota, followed by Pipestone, Minnesota, Orange City, Iowa and wrapped up in Norfolk, Nebraska.

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Young people considering returning to the family farm or striking out on their own plus dairy producers who think they need to get a “refresher course” on herd health and records should consider attending the program at 12 noon on Thursday, February 16. The program will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College, located at 498 4th Avenue NE in Sioux Center.
Detailed information about the Dairy Start to Farm Series may be accessed at
There is no charge for the program but registration is required by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday be-fore. To register contact the Sioux County Extension and Outreach Office at 712.737.4230 or email Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall at

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican from Kansas, and chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry announced last week that the first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization will be Feb. 23 on the Kansas State campus in Manhattan, KS. The time has not be announced.

Beth Doran and Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa livestock and dairy specialists will host the live webinar in the basement meeting room at the Sioux County Extension office. No registration is required, but seating will be on a first come basis. The time of the hearing will be announced as soon as it is released.

Roberts says the hearing will feature testimony from a variety of specifically invited agricultural producers. He says lawmakers need clear direction from producers on what is working and what isn’t working in farm country.

For more information contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230.

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My first week as the Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist is under my belt and it has been a whirlwind. First below zero temperatures for many years kinda took my breath away.

After two weeks without our furniture, it came on Monday and my bride is much happier. Each evening I’m helping unpack boxes and attending to the “honey do” jobs she has lined up for me.

At the office, I can’t say thanks often enough to Beth Doran- she has been a great help and is making introductions. She had worked with the Start To Farm series and I attended the first program of the new year over at Dordt College. John Olthoff is the campus coordinator and made sure all the technology worked as it was supposed to.

The topic was communication in a farm business and Melissa O’Rourke did a great job of presenting the information and guiding attendees to think about how communication effects the dairies they work on.

The next program in the series will be on January 26 at Dordt College. Call the office at 712.737.4230 for more information or to register.

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