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ISU Scott Co. Extension Calendar December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:27
Dec. 4, 2012: ISU Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

Dec. 5, 2012:  Pest Control Operators, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

Dec. 7, 2012:  Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Testing, Scott County Extension Office-10:00 am-
2:00 pm

Visit our events calendar at our web site: http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/

 
IOWA FARM BUREAU NAMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, REGIONAL MANAGER AND PRODUCER/WRITER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:10

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 20, 2012 – The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is proud to welcome Farm Bureau employees to new roles this fall.

Jim Gardner has been named IFBF chief financial officer and controller, following the retirement of Jim Christenson.  Gardner will be responsible for directing all financial and technology affairs of the federation; including finance and accounting, information resources and community resources. He will serve as a member of the IFBF executive team and represent the federation on the affiliated companies’ benefits administration committee.

Gardner has been a member of the Farm Bureau family since 1996, serving as the finance and accounting manager. He has worked extensively with the county Farm Bureaus and spearheaded the new county accounting system. He serves as a member of the Insurable Risk, Investment and Exempt Hay committees.

Prior to joining IFBF, Gardner served as audit manager with Meriwether, Wilson and Co., P.L.C. in West Des Moines. He currently serves as treasurer of the Iowa FFA Foundation Finance Committee and chairs its finance committee.

Gardner has also served on the boards of directors of the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation Council, Dallas Center-Grimes Youth Football, First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, Valley Apparel Co. in Cedar Rapids, and the Wakonda Christian Church in Des Moines.

Gardner became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1987 and earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

IFBF also welcomes a new staff member to the organization’s field service team. Jeremy Coyle has been named Regional Manager for region 11, which includes the counties of Boone, Dallas, Greene, Polk and Story. Coyle will work with county officers, committees and members to help develop and carry out program activities, organize and assist with the annual membership campaign and supervise the operation of county Farm Bureau offices in the region.

Coyle grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Pisgah in western Iowa.  He is a graduate of Iowa State University where he majored in journalism and mass communications with an electronic media emphasis. Coyle joined IFBF in 1997 and served as the senior producer/writer.

Aaron Siskow joins the Marketing and Communications staff as producer of digital multimedia services. Siskow comes to the IFBF with nine years of experience in the video and digital multimedia field. He was most recently the senior multimedia developer for Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Siskow has extensive experience in writing, producing and directing video and digital multimedia communications. He is the winner of an Iowa Motion Picture Award of Excellence for Lighting Design and the winner of a Research Excellence Award for his outstanding research accomplishments in Iowa State’s graduate program.

In his new position, Siskow will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of IFBF’s video/digital multimedia services including the creation of IFBF’s multimedia presentations, video and television and radio content, helping to share agriculture’s story to our members and all Iowans.

Siskow grew up in Sheffield and is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he studied journalism, earning a bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees.

 

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Soy Checkoff Works to Increase U.S. Soy Use in Aquaculture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 16 November 2012 10:46

It’s no wonder that aquaculture is catching on, considering the growing global population, increasing individual incomes and stronger awareness of the health benefits of seafood. In fact, aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing sectors in global animal agriculture. The farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soy checkoff are hooked on these prospective customers of U.S. soy.


Watch the video to hear from checkoff farmer-leader Sharon Covert, soybean farmer from Tiskilwa, Ill., about USB’s work to develop the global aquaculture market for U.S. soybean farmers.

Watch this video to learn more.

 
Workshop will focus on Business and Farm Succession Conversations & Planning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 16 November 2012 10:42
Iowa State University Extension is offering business and farm succession workshops to help business and farm families begin those conversations and start putting transition plans on paper. Gene Mohling, ISU Extension Regional Director, says the Business and Farm Succession Workshops are a result of needs expressed by residents in SE Iowa.

“I hear people express concerns about the future, about whether a spouse will be OK with their goals and about parents or children not knowing what the other plans to do – or when,” said Mohling. “As I listen, I hear that the situations involve the whole family – men and women and more than one generation. That is why we are bringing Iowa State University transitioning experts to SE Iowa.”

The workshops are planned as a multi-generational event for exiting owners and spouse, and succeeding owners and spouse. The two session workshops will be held on consecutive days to allow for the initiation of conversations and written plans. David Baker and John R. Baker, Beginning Farmer Center Administrator and Attorney at Law, will present the workshops. Workshops are scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at the Washington County Extension Office

Over the two days, participants will review the retirement plan concept and receive information on transfer plans, estate plans and a process for creating a family statement of intention. Family groups will be given time to write a statement of intent and vision of the future. “Families will go home with a blueprint to the future – knowing what they need to do, who they need to talk to, and understanding that the plan may need to be adjusted along the way.”

Pre-registration can be made by contacting the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811 or email Nancy Adrian at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This program is sponsored in part by Farm Credit Services.

For more information about the workshop contact the hosting county offices. Additional information about the Beginning Farmer Center is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/ , by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or calling 877-BFC-1999. The Beginning Farmer Center is backed by 20 years of research and experience helping farmers with transition plans.

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Soy Checkoff Research Yields Smartphone App PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:00
‘Extreme Beans’ gives farmers easy way to evaluate the economics of inputs

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 12, 2012) – Ever wonder whether it’s worth it to apply a fungicide? How about the most cost-effective seeding rate? The national soy checkoff has put that information in the palm of your hand.

A new app developed by the United Soybean Board (USB) includes two calculators that help farmers plan for their next crop. One helps users determine whether the yield benefits of various input combinations justify the costs. The other uses the main maturity rates for a farmer’s region, the cost of soybean seed and an estimated price of the soybeans at the time of sale to determine an optimal seeding rate based on a percentage of return.

The app also includes documents and videos that describe the research behind each tool.

“This is a really easy way for farmers to get an idea about seeding rates for soybeans based on both the cost of the seed and the price of the harvested grain,” says Seth Naeve, lead investigator and associate professor of agronomy and plant genetics, University of Minnesota. “It’s a way for them to utilize that information together to provide them with a numerical suggestion for seeding rates.”

The Extreme Beans app is available for Apple iPhone and Android-enabled smartphones and other devices. Farmers can easily find it in their device’s app store by simply searching by the title.

The Extreme Beans app is a result of the soy checkoff-funded “Maximum Yield Through Inputs” study, which compared the yields from plots where various inputs were applied to plots without additional inputs. Researchers threw “everything but the kitchen sink” at the soybeans, Naeve says.

“The checkoff is continually looking for ways to give farmers tools to improve production and increase the value of their soybeans,” says Jim Schriver, chair of USB’s production committee and soybean farmer from Bluffton, Ind. “When we see opportunities to help add value to the product, not only in terms of production but also quality, we want to help it come to market, and one of the best ways to do that is through a tool.”

An insert in the August issue of Corn & Soybean Digest included summary results from the extensive study. To request a copy of the insert, click This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.
For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit us at www.UnitedSoybean.org
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/unitedsoy
View our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/UnitedSoybeanBoard
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