State Fair Award to Recognize Iowa's Farm Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:32

DES MOINES, IA (02/04/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair, Tractor Supply Co. and WHO News Radio 1040 are searching for six farm families to recognize with the Way We Live Award at the 2013 Fair, August 8-18. These families must exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming.

To enter, submit an entry form along with a 500-1500 word essay describing how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family's life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family's commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 1.

Nominated families should show dedication to animal agriculture in their daily lives and in the lives of their family members. Winners will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair admission tickets, parking, Fair food coupons, and recognition during the Fair in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.

Eligible families must be residents of Iowa whose farming operation is centered on animal agriculture and may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

Send entries to:

The Way We Live Award

Iowa State Fair

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003

Or e-mail all materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For questions about the award, contact Emily Brewer at 515.262.3111 x244 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nothing Compares to the 2013 Iowa State Fair August 8-18. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or check out

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Beef Feedlot Roundtable Sessions Offered at Six Iowa Locations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:55
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska are teaming up to offer a feedlot roundtable session at six Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Russ Euken said the feedlot roundtable sessions are offered annually in Nebraska for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people.

“ISU Extension and Outreach and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension have a cooperative agreement that provides for the sharing of livestock educational resources and programs,” Euken said. “The Internet allows us to offer this popular Nebraska roundtable session at selected Iowa locations. The speakers and subject matter are sure to draw interest from our state’s beef

Temple Grandin from Colorado State University is the featured speaker from the Nebraska program site. She’ll speak about animal welfare challenges for the beef feedlot industry. She’s followed by Stephen Koontz, also from Colorado State University, who will present a market outlook and information on issues related to formula pricing for fed cattle. This presentation is prerecorded for the program.

The afternoon’s schedule concludes with an overview of beef feedlot industry related research and projects at Iowa State University, by Dan Loy and Stephanie Hansen.

The $10 fee covers proceedings, meeting costs and refreshments, and is payable at the door. However, you’re asked to preregister no later than Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the location you will attend to ensure adequate materials and refreshments.

Iowa roundtable locations and preregistration contacts
• Delaware County Extension Office, 1417 N Franklin St., Manchester. Contact Denise Schwab,319-472-4739 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Howard County Extension Office, 132 1st Ave. West, Cresco. Call 563-547-3001
• Kossuth County Extension Office, Hwy 18 E, Algona. Call 515-295-2469
• Postville Vet Clinic, 110 Hyman Dr., Postville. Contact Julie Christensen, 563-568-6345 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Sac County Extension Office, 620 Park Ave., Sac City. Call 712-662-7131 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Wallace Learning Center Armstrong Farm, 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis. Contact Chris
Clark, 712-769-2600 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information please contact your local county extension office or an ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.


U.S. Grains Council Launches 2012 Online Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marri Carrow   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:29

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2013 — The U.S. Grains Council today launched its 2012 online Annual Report, available now at

The online report includes success stories from the year, video highlights, photographs, and market profiles from more than 25 countries and regions. Market profile pages display supply/demand charts, market growth potential and other information viewers may find useful, including highlights from Council programs in each country.

“Since the Council was founded 52 years ago, we have focused continuously on building markets and expanding trade opportunities for U.S. farmers and agribusinesses,” said Don Fast, USGC chairman.

“By promoting sound trade policies, building relationships between trading partners and being a reliable third-party resource, the Council and its members have enhanced food security and food choice for countless people around the world. This work is at the heart of our mission of Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives. The Council's global staff live and breathe it - and it makes us proud to witness their efforts.”

An exclusive feature of the online report provides access to downloadable spread sheets containing supply/demand data for more than 25 countries and regions that are provided on the individual market profile pages.

The online report is available on its own website,, while the printed publication will be mailed to Council members. A downloadable form of the printed publication is also available online.


The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Financial support from our private industry members, including state checkoffs, agribusinesses, state entities and others, triggers federal matching funds from the USDA resulting in a combined program value of more than $28.3 million.

The U.S. Grains Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact the U.S. Grains Council.


BETWEEN THE LINES -- Lift Off PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Friday, 25 January 2013 15:33

“Deny the acceptance of failure.”  Those are the ‘fighting’ words Mark Kelly hears every day from his wife, former Tucson Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) AZ.  Giffords, who struggles to recover from a 2011 assassination attempt, is a motivating force in Kelly’s life.  He shared his story as keynote speaker at the 94th American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

What struck many farmers in the audience is not just Kelly’s commitment to his wife’s rehabilitation, but his ‘pull yourself up by the bootstraps’ life story.  Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, has commanded a space shuttle, circled the globe and flown 39 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.  He claims he wasn’t a top-of-the class scholar, outstanding athlete or ‘Top Gun’ pilot.   Instead, Kelly says it was hard work that got him where he is today.   He’s neither spoiled, nor bitter; he’s motivating.  That’s the same quality I see in so many Iowa farmers today.

When I was a reporter, I found that half the farmers I met would rather go out and dig post holes, than go on-camera and do an interview.  The other half wanted to throw reporters into postholes.  I’m glad to see that mindset changing.  We have more than 100 Iowa farmers in our Iowa Farm Bureau ‘Speaker Corps’ who are ready to share their perspectives, do interviews and engage the public and their communities.  There are many examples of this:  Justin and Jennifer Dammann, who have not only shared their perspective and their family time with Iowa radio, newspaper and TV reporters, they even hosted a German TV crew on their Essex cattle farm during the height of the drought in August.  Another great ‘ag-vocate’ is longtime cattle farmer Bill Couser from Nevada, who shares his story with Iowa, national and international media as well as leaders from around the globe.  Larry Sailer, a Franklin County hog farmer, engages thousands of consumers through Facebook and Twitter, and has even welcomed strangers to his farm for a ‘blogger tour.’

The days are long in farming, but these farmers and so many others always make time to share their story, do a media interview, host a farm tour; these activities are the ‘rocket fuel’ of motivation that keeps them going and keeps the positive stories of farming and food production circling the globe.

These farmers aren’t just preaching to the choir and doing the ‘easy’ interviews with ag reporters who understand them and will always work to put them in the best light.  They are talking to national reporters, young men and women who’ve never been on a farm, whose stories will shape opinions on food production for millions.  Do some of these reporters have agendas?  You bet.  But, as Mark Kelly would tell us, there is nothing to be gained by always doing what is safe; what is expected; what is easy.

We shouldn’t be afraid of the hard interviews.  And we certainly shouldn’t start digging postholes and ignoring the requests, either.  Consumer choices and lifestyles have evolved with the times and so have farmers and food production.  Getting out ahead of the message, understanding the factors that bring change, reading the trends, embracing innovation, is always something farmers have done.

There is a huge hunger for our perspective.  People love farmers, not just for what they raise or what they grow, but for who they are.  We will not give up telling our story.  Failure to communicate, in this day and age, is not an option.

Quad Cities Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop Feb. 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 25 January 2013 15:31
Vegetable producers in the Quad Cities can learn how to grow quality transplants at an Iowa
State University Extension and Outreach workshop planned for Friday, Feb. 22, in Bettendorf.
Ajay Nair and Patrick O’Malley, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and
Outreach, are hosting the Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop in partnership with
University of Illinois Extension.

"Transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system,” Nair said.
“Growing healthy, disease free and quality transplants are the first step growers have to take to
achieve higher yields and productivity.”

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office, 875
Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf. Sessions will focus on nutrient medium, lighting, pests, diseases
and proper hardening techniques for transplants. In addition to Nair and O’Malley, presenters
include Donald Lewis, extension entomologist, and Mark Gleason, extension plant pathologist,
Iowa State University; and Sam Shroyer, FarmTek of Dyersville. The complete agenda is
available at

“Growing high quality plants requires skill, proper care and knowledge of the fundamentals of
plant growth and management,” Nair said. “This educational workshop will help growers learn
how to successfully grow strong and healthy transplants.”

The workshop fee is $30 through Feb. 15 and $35 after that date. Online registration is available
at Deadline for registering is Feb. 20. For more
information, contact Ajay Nair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 515-294-7080.


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