Dairy Programs set for Sac and Pocahontas Counties in December

The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Sac County and Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included, and the program will adjourn at 1:45 p.m.

“Dairymen in these areas will have the opportunity to have the most current research-based dairy information presented at their local extension office,” said Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

While dairymen in these areas often must travel a long way for dairy programs, this program has been tailored to issues for these areas.

The first topic on the agenda will be the Dairy Revenue Protection program and other risk management tools, presented by Robert Tigner, agricultural economist from UNL.

“Using risk management tools like the new DRP is one way that producers can protect margins, but few have time to learn all the details of the program, I will cover DRP plus LGM and other risk management tools,” says Robert Tigner.

With the current climate around labor and immigration, there is no hotter topic in the dairy industry. Homeland Security Special Investigator Brett Stanley will share his insights and walk producers through what they need to do to protect their business in case of an audit.

The old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” has never been truer in the current era of low milk prices and tight cash flows. ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Financial Associate Mark Olsen will help producers understand how accrual accounting differs from the cash system and how it will help manage the enterprise more effectively.

Finally, Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall will give his dairy market outlook.

While there is no registration fee, a call to the local ISU Extension and Outreach office will reserve your seat and guarantee your free lunch. In Sac and surrounding counties, the number is 712-662-7131; in Pocahontas and surrounding counties, call 712-335-3103. Dairymen can also contact Hall at 712-737-4230 for more information or with any dairy question.

Local ISU Extension and Outreach offices will host the program and provide the noon lunch, and Alltech has provided additional sponsorship.

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