Extension Specialists, including myself will be at the Rock Rapids Farm and Home show this afternoon. Beef specialist Beth Doran and myself will be there at 5:30 pm. Stop by and introduce yourself and let’s talk cows!
Rock Valley Hay Auction report for Monday, Mar 6, 2017
Receipts: 29 loads Last Week: 32 loads Year Ago: 39 Loads
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay slightly higher, lower quality grass hay offered and market lower as well. Prices dollars per ton, except where noted. All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.
Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 90.00. Fair: Large Rounds and Squares, 7 loads 75.00-85.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.
Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 1 load 105.00. Good: Small Squares, 1 load 90.00. Fair: Large Rounds and Squares, 10 loads 60.00-77.50.
Utility: Large Rounds, 5 loads 50.00-57.50.
Straw: Large Rounds, 1 load 57.50.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 1 load 37.50.
2017 MIDWEST DAIRY ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY RELATIONS IOWA SUMMER INTERN
The Midwest Dairy Association Industry Relations Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in communications, public relations, marketing, food science or agribusiness. The intern must positively represent Midwest Dairy Association objectives as they gain practical experience in communication, public relations and marketing programs for dairy products.
ANKENY, IOWA: Position located in the Ankeny program office. Approximate dates: June 1 – late August.
- MUST BE A STUDENT THAT IS PERMANENT RESIDENT OF IOWA, MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, MISSOURI, ILLINOIS, KANSAS, NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA OR ARKANSAS OR BE A STUDENT ENROLLED IN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN ONE OF THESE STATES.
- MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD ON JANUARY 1, 2017.
- MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT OF THE MIDWEST DAIRY FROM APPROXIMATELY JUNE 1 – LATE AUGUST, 2017
- MUST HAVE AN INTEREST IN COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND/OR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY.
- MUST LOCATE IN OR NEAR ANKENY, AND HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION.
A PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WITH:
- EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS, INCLUDING WRITING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING.
- STRONG ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, MATURITY AND THE ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY.
- FAMILIARITY WITH THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, STATE FAIRS AND, WHERE APPLICABLE, DAIRY PRINCESS PROGRAMS.
- A BACKGROUND OR INTEREST IN MARKETING OR AGRICULTURE.
- COMPUTER EXPERIENCE.
- APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT, VIA E-MAIL, A RESUME, AND A TWO-PAGE, TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED WRITTEN ESSAY DESCRIBING TWO NEW INITIATIVES THAT COULD HELP MIDWEST DAIRY BEST SERVE ITS DAIRY PRODUCER FUNDERS TO DRIVE PRODUCT SALES AND/OR ENHANCE DAIRY PRODUCER IMAGE, AND A LIST OF THREE REFERENCES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CURRENT AND FORMER EMPLOYERS.
THESE E-MAILED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 17, 2017. PLEASE E-MAIL ALL APPLICATIONS TO:
SUE ANN CLAUDON AT SACLAUDON@MIDWESTDAIRY.COM AND
MITCH SCHULTE MSCHULTE@MIDWESTDAIRY.COM
FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED FOR INTERVIEWS BY MARCH 24, 2017. The intern will assume a salaried internship at the Ankeny office location and must be prepared to reside within commuting distance of the job responsibilities.
2017 MIDWEST DAIRY INDUSTRY RELATIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
- PROVIDE AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT THE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITIVELY REPRESENT AND WORK ON BEHALF OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IN ORDER TO ADVANCE MIDWEST DAIRY’S CORPORATE OBJECTIVES.
- PROVIDE A CHALLENGING, EDUCATIONAL AND REWARDING OPPORTUNITY FOR A PERSON TO GAIN A PRACTICAL EDUCATION ABOUT THE FUNCTION OF BUSINESS, SPECIFICALLY THE MARKETING AND GENERIC PROMOTION OF REAL DAIRY PRODUCTS. THIS PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDES THE INTERN WITH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
- GENERATE ASSISTANCE (HUMAN RESOURCES) TO IMPLEMENT MIDWEST DAIRY’S PROGRAM OF WORK.
- INTRODUCE POTENTIAL FUTURE EMPLOYEES TO MIDWEST DAIRY, AND POSITION THE ASSOCIATION AS A POTENTIAL FUTURE EMPLOYER TO INTERNS AND CANDIDATES.
- PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE INPUT ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION’S PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONS, SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND ITS POTENTIAL VALUE FOR UPCOMING YEARS.
- BUILD AWARENESS IN THE ACADEMIC AND AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES OF MIDWEST DAIRY AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS INTERESTING AND REWARDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. IT ALSO ALLOWS THE ASSOCIATION TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH ACADEMIC AND AGRICULTURAL LEADERS WHO MAY LEND ASSISTANCE/RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN THE ASSOCIATION FILLS PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS.
Term: Three months approximately June 1 – through late August
This experiential learning opportunity is short-term (summer) employment based in the Ankeny, Iowa office. During the summer program, the intern will be a paid employee of Midwest Dairy, earning $4,600 for three months, but will not be eligible for any benefits other than those provided to all employees under applicable law. The intern will work full-time hours, which may include some weekends, and unlimited hours during the applicable state fair responsibilities. Some flexibility in start dates, or during the employment period, is allowed.
RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- ASSIST WITH THE WRITING, DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF MEDIA MATERIALS.
- WORK WITH INDUSTRY RELATIONS MANAGER TO IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP OTHER PROMOTIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND DISPLAYS FOR USE AT STATE FAIRS.
- WRITE REGULAR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MIDWEST DAIRY ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS VIA MIDWEST DAIRY NEWS.
- ASSIST SPECIFIC MIDWEST DAIRY STAFF MEMBERS WITH PROGRAMS UNIQUE TO THEIR STATE, SUCH AS: FARM TOURS AND OPEN HOUSES; DAIRY PRINCESS PROGRAMS; SOCIAL MEDIA EFFORTS; AND JUNE DAIRY MONTH AND SIMILAR PROMOTION ACTIVITIES.
- ASSIST WITH PLANNING AND ONSITE IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE FAIR ACTIVITIES.
- PERFORM MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT FUNCTIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, REPORT WRITING, ORDERING MATERIALS AND COLLECTING INFORMATION.
- PERFORM OTHER TASKS AS ASSIGNED.
- DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO AND REPORTS TO A MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRY RELATIONS TEAM.
- PARTICIPATES IN THE STATE FAIR PROJECT TEAM.
- WORKS UNDER THE DIRECTION/SUPERVISION OF PROJECT LEADERS ON SPECIFIC PROJECTS.
- WEEKLY ITINERARY AND ACTIVITY REPORTS.
- EXPENSE REPORTS AS NEEDED ACCORDING TO ASSOCIATION POLICY.
- MONTHLY MILEAGE REPORTS AS NEEDED ACCORDING TO ASSOCIATION POLICY.
- PROGRAM/PROJECT UPDATES AS REQUESTED.
- COMPLETE A TIMESHEET.
- RECEIVE $4,600 FOR THREE MONTHS PAID IN TWO-WEEK INCREMENTS.
- MILEAGE AND OTHER EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT ACCORDING TO ASSOCIATION POLICY.
- WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY INSURANCE DURING SUMMER EMPLOYMENT.
- TRAINING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
- COPIES OF COMPLETED PROJECTS, ARTICLES AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
- UPON SELECTION, THE INTERN MUST CERTIFY THAT HE OR SHE WILL BE AVAILABLE AND WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE ENTIRE APPLICABLE STATE FAIR.
- ALTHOUGH THE ASSOCIATION ANTICIPATES THE INTERNSHIP WILL LAST FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE MONTHS, NO SELECTED INTERN IS GUARANTEED TO HAVE HIS OR HER INTERNSHIP LAST FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME. THE ASSOCIATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO END THE INTERNSHIP OF AN INDIVIDUAL AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON. AGREEMENT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNSHIP DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT OR GUARANTEE OF EMPLOYMENT.
- THE ASSOCIATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISCONTINUE THE PROGRAM IF NO QUALIFYING APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED AS DETERMINED BY THE ASSOCIATION OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON.
- FAMILY MEMBERS OF MIDWEST DAIRY DIRECTORS OR STAFF ARE INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION UNLESS THE MIDWEST DAIRY BOARD GRANTS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION.
- MUST BE ABLE TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK.
2017 Internship Work Activities
Assist with planning and participate in June Dairy Month activities to include:
- JUNE DAIRY MONTH PROCLAMATION SIGNING EVENT
- ISU OPEN HOUSE
- NORTHEAST IOWA DAIRY FOUNDATION BREAKFAST ON THE FARM
- JACKSON/CLINTON OPEN HOUSE
- WIDA OPEN HOUSE
- PARTICIPATE IN THE ISU 4-H DAIRY ROUNDUP
Additional activities include:
- STATE FAIR PLANNING WITH EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXHIBITS
- COORDINATING DAIRY FARMER VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH ACTIVITIES AT THE STATE FAIR
- WRITE PRESS RELEASES FOR 2017 IA DIVISION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
- ASSIST WITH PRESS RELEASES OR FEATURE STORIES RELATED TO IOWA DAIRY PRINCESS CONTEST
- WRITE AND SUBMIT SUCCESS STORIES TO MIDWEST DAIRY NEWS
- ASSIST WITH IOWA GAMES AND IOWA FOOD AND FAMILY PROJECT EVENTS
- ATTEND COALITION MEETINGS WHEN APPLICABLE TO UNDERSTAND RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COMMODITY GROUPS AND PARTNERS.
This is not meant to be a complete list. It is only to be used as a guide to potential work activities for the internship position.
ISDA will be awarding 14 college scholarships of $500 each for the 2017 fall semester. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be the child or grandchild of a current ISDA member OR be an employee or the child of an employee on a dairy farm which belongs to ISDA. Applicants must also be attending college full time (or plan to attend full time). If you are not currently an ISDA member or need to renew your membership, you can find a membership application at WWW.IOWADAIRY.ORG or contact Sue Ann Claudon, ISDA Executive Director at SUEANNC@IOWADAIRY.ORG 515-965-4626. When application and essay are totally complete, please email to SUEANNC@IOWADAIRY.ORG or mail to ISDA, Scholarship Application, 101 NE Trilein Dr., Ankeny, IA 50021
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The flock of 73,500 is located within the Mississippi flyway.
Samples from the affected flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa
State officials quarantined the affected premises and birds on the property have been depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses.
The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.
All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.
While no known links to dairy cattle are know, this is a good time for dairymen to review their biosecurity plans. In-depth information can be found at:
Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. AI viruses are classified by a combination of two groups of proteins: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). Many different combinations of “H” and “N” proteins are possible. Each combination is considered a different subtype, and can be further broken down into different strains. AI viruses are further classified by their pathogenicity (low or high)- the ability of a particular virus strain to produce disease in domestic chickens.
An “Ask the Experts” Panel will be featured at the next beginning farmer program on March 20 at the Plymouth County Extension office in Le Mars. I’ll handle the dairy questions with the other specialists from Northwest Iowa.Everyone is welcome.
The time will be announced next week.