AMES, -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation are teaming up to deliver current market and management information to Iowa livestock farmers in these challenging times. The "Managing Through Stress: A Livestock Information" event will be held Monday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m.
The event starts at 10 a.m. with a morning general session delivered to 14 sites throughout the state via the Web. There will be three sites in NW Iowa -- Plymouth County Extension in LeMars featuring beef, Sioux County Extension in Orange City featuring dairy and Buena Vista County Extension in Storm Lake featuring swine.
Farmers will hear from leading experts on livestock and feed price outlook and strategy, weather outlook, financial strategies and managing the stress of farming in challenging times. After lunch, each site will have local presentations geared toward the challenges faced by a specific species of livestock -- beef, swine or dairy. The afternoon session at LeMars, featuring beef, will be facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach beef and crop program specialists, Beth Doran and Joel DeJong. Kevin Lager, ISU dairy program specialist, will lead the dairy discussion in Orange City and Dave Stender, ISU swine program specialist, will host the swine discussion in Storm Lake.
"This information is vital for Iowa farmers right now because they are making 2013 livestock business decisions and there is a lot on the table for them," said Ed Kordick, IFBF commodity services manager. "Those who come to the 'Managing Through Stress' event can hear nationally noted experts give advice on a variety of issues, including the looming feed supply and 2013 costs."
Morning presenters are Chad Hart and Lee Schultz, economists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach climatologist; and Dr. Mike Rosmann, ag behavioral health psychologist. Hart and Schultz will present 2013 feed and livestock price outlooks and strategies, while Taylor will give the weather outlook. Rosmann will speak about indicators of human stress.
The seminar is free to farmers; there is no registration required. More information can be found on the ISU Extension and Outreach calendar or at www.iowafarmbureau.com.