Position open! Farm Management – Northeast Iowa – Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Specialist

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NE Iowa Farm Management Position – open now! Application deadline is February 11, 2024.

This position will focus on all aspects of farm and agricultural business management and entrepreneurial activities. Program leadership areas include agricultural marketing; government agricultural programs; and human resources issues on the farm. Team programming will also include agricultural financial management; farm lease contracts and land management; economics of crop and livestock production; risk management tools; and other farm management related program areas. In addition, this position will be part of the core farm management team and assist with statewide programming and area interdisciplinary team efforts. Program audiences include farmers, farm families, landowners, agricultural businesses, cooperatives, farm organizations, commodity groups, citizen organizations, community colleges, and mass media.

Apply today to join our team!

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Women Managing Farmland webinar series wraps up with Slowing Water Down

This 2023 webinar series addressed several topics where women farmland owners indicated an interest. The final episode focused on the use of buffers to slow water down, best practices and long-term impacts with Catherine DeLong, ISU Water Quality Program Manager. Learn more on this and other programs from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag website.

February 8 | Importance of Using a Written Lease | Melissa O’Rourke
April 12 | Building Your Professional Team | Kitt Tovar Jensen
June 14 | Keeping the Ground Covered | Catherine DeLong
August 9 | Landowner-Tenant Communications | Ann Johanns
October 11 | End-of-Life Taxes and Expenses | Kitt Tovar Jensen
December 13 | Slowing Water Down | Catherine DeLong

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Upcoming Cybersecurity on the Farm Conference

The first of its kind Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cybersecurity on the Farm Conference will be held at the Iowa State Alumni Center in Ames. The conference takes place on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In an era where technology is reshaping every industry, farming stands at the crossroads of innovation and tradition. This one-day conference is designed to address the unique intersection of today’s agriculture and cybersecurity.

For farmers, this workshop offers insights into the ever-evolving world of digital lending in farming and the shift toward online agricultural marketplaces. There will be critical discussions on the potential cyber threats that emerge when working in the agricultural sector. By the end of the day, farmers will be better equipped to navigate farming on the internet while keeping a keen eye on safety and security.

“As a farmer I’m used to risk from the markets and the weather, but it has been very eye-opening to learn how vulnerable my farm and family can be to cybersecurity risks,” said Alexis Stevens, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Conferences like this one are helping me implement strategies to avoid cyberattacks so I can have peace of mind.

The resource fair will be available during the lunch hour and breaks. The resource fair features experts and service providers at the juncture of farming and cyber tech.

Through panel discussions with industry experts and a resource fair with trusted service providers, this conference is designed to support farmers as they work to create a seamless integration of cybersecurity into existing systems.

“Bad actors are increasingly targeting agriculture and farmers, and as a farmer, you need to know what the threats are, how you can be prepared and where you can turn for help. This is exactly what our panelists will be discussing,” said Doug Jacobson, university professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation & Outreach.

Participants will be part of a transformative dialogue. As farming goes digital, it’s important to ensure that it is secure. Registration is available through January 10, and the cost is $40. Refreshments and lunch are included. View the full agenda, https://go.iastate.edu/2024FARMCYBERSECURITYEVENT. Register online at https://go.iastate.edu/BPGFN4.

This conference is being offered by the ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Team and the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation & Outreach.

Contact Madeline Schultz for more information at schultz@iastate.edu or 515-294-0588.

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Delayed and Prevented Planting Resources for 2019 from ISU Extension and Outreach

On May 24, 2019, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, Rebecca Vittetoe and Virgil Schmitt, along with farm management specialist, Ryan Drollette recorded a webinar on delayed and prevented planting. The following are links to resources for 2019 delayed and prevented planting decisions.

Agronomic ResourcesFlooded, unplanted field

Cover Crops

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