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Managing through stress: A livestock information event

Jan 22, 2013

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.

The event starts at 10 a.m. with a morning general session delivered to 14 sites throughout the state via the Web. 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. Afternoon sessions will be facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach livestock specialists.

“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 and no registration required. More information can be found at <www.iowafarmbureau.com>, on the ISU Extension and Outreach calendar, or by contacting IFBF commodity services manager Ed Kordick at <ekordick@ifbf.org>.

The seminar will be held at the Washington County Extension office and the afternoon focus will be swine.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 25, 2013 11:52

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College will sponsor two events featuring Kelley Donham, professor and associate head for agricultural medicine, occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. At 4:15 p.m. in ARH Room 102 Donham will participate in an informal discussion about occupational and environmental health issues in Iowa agriculture, including issues relating to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). At 7:30 p.m. in ARH 102 he will present a lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns." Both events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served.



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