ISU Scott County Extension Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:42

Feb. 24, 2015 Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7 pm-9 pm

March 4, 2015 Ornamental and Turf Applicators, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

March 12, 2015 Master Gardener 2015 Webinar Series: Supporting Local Food Systems, Scott County Extension Office, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

March 20, 2015 Pesticide Applicator Testing, Scott County Extension Office, 10:00 am-2:00pm

March 24, 2015 Certified Handlers, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

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PQA Plus© Training Session Set in Cedar County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:41

Tipton, Iowa -- The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus© (PQA Plus©) program. One certification session has been set for Tuesday, March 3rd in Cedar County.

Cedar County Office Manager, Joyce Coppes said the session will be held at the Cedar County Extension office, 107 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa 52772 and will be taught by ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialist Tom Miller.

“The PQA Plus© session is set for 1:30—3:30p.m.,” she said. “Anyone who plans to attend should let us know as soon as possible to ensure that we have adequate materials for everyone.”

Cost for this certification program is $25 per person and is payable at the door. To preregister, contact the Cedar County Extension office at 563-886-6157.

To learn more about PQA Plus© please see the National Pork Board Web site at


Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting & Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:39

Area hay and forage producers are invited to attend the 32ndt Annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association (EIHPA) Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Buzzy’s in Welton. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s conference will focus on forage rotation and cover crops. Dr. Matt Liebman, ISU Professor of Agronomy, will speak on forages as part of a crop rotation. Liebman’s research focuses on diversified cropping systems, weed ecology and management, and the use of native perennial species for soil and water conservation and biofuel production, including crop rotations, cover crops, green manures, intercrops, reconstructed prairies, conservation strips, animal manures, composts, and insects and rodents. Mark Carlton, ISU Extension Field Agronomist, will speak on utilizing cover crops as a forage. He will be followed by a panel of producers who are using cover crops as a forage source for their livestock operation. Following lunch and a brief annual meeting to elect officers and directors, will be regional updates from Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension Field Agronomist, and Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist. Specific regional topics to be addressed include information on the newly released low lignin alfalfa and concerns about molds and mycotoxins in corn stover.

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes a membership to EIHPA and meal. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Certified crop advisor credits have been applied for. This conference is sponsored by EIHPA, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and the Iowa Beef Center.

The Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association provides educational workshops and field days for forage producers in Jackson, Jones, Clinton, Cedar, Scott and Muscatine counties. However, forage producers from other counties are also welcome to participate. For more information contact Denise Schwab at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kevin Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-872-4475.



USB to Set Plan for Future at February Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:50

Farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) will meet in February to tackle a busy week of strategic planning for 2016.

This meeting includes setting strategic priorities in each of the four target areas – Communications, Domestic Opportunities, International Opportunities and Supply. Farmer-leaders will also make initial allocations for investing checkoff resources. Finally, USB’s four action teams – Meal, Oil, Freedom to Operate and Customer Focus – will begin the process of putting those resources to work in projects to maximize profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.

Throughout this strategic-planning process, farmer-leaders will use the results and input from the recent CONNECTIONS 2014 to take into account perspectives from throughout the industry.

USB welcomes all members of the media to attend all open sessions.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Westin Savannah Harbor
1 Resort Dr.
Savannah, GA 31421

USDA Announces Funding to Support Research, Education, and Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Universities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:47

Prairie View, Texas, Feb. 9, 2015 – USDA's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard today announced the availability of more than $18 million to strengthen the research, teaching and extension capabilities at 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities in an effort to recruit and train students for careers in agriculture. Leonard made the announcement today during a visit to Prairie View A&M University.

"This support for the 1890 land-grant universities is an example of the Obama Administration and Secretary Vilsack's commitment to the 1890 Institutions," Leonard said. "This funding will continue to positively impact students, professors, and institutions for future generations."

The funding is being made available through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) 1890 Institution Research, Extension, and Teaching Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program. NIFA provides support to historically black colleges and universities that were designated at as land-grant universities in the Second Morrill Act in 1890. Grants to these 1890 universities support research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of these schools.

The 1890 CBG Program strengthens the linkages among the 1890 universities, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry. It focuses on strengthening research and extension programs at the 1890 institutions and advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups.

Full applications for the 1890 CBG program are due March 26, 2015. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit


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