Event to focus on future of agriculture

PEOSTA, Iowa — Dubuque County Women, Land and Legacy, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Dubuque County will host “Ag Outlook: What’s the Future of Agriculture Look Like” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Shannon Hall in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 235 Peosta St.

Presentations will be given by Chad Hart, Robert Cropp and Larry Tranel. Registration for the free program will start at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Hart is an economist with Iowa State University. He will provide two presentations exploring the industry outlook for livestock and crop prices, as well as the effects that trade agreements are playing on each of these industries.

Tranel is a dairy specialist with Iowa State University. Programs focus on dairy farm profitability, dairy facilities, including low cost parlors and robotic milking systems, conventional, grazing and organic dairy systems.

Cropp is emeritus professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His presentation will be “The Future of Dairy: Milk Prices.”

Registration is requested by Tuesday, June 18, by calling Colleen or Stacy at Dubuque Soil & Water Conservation District, 563-876-3418, ext. 3.

Breakfast on the Farm slated at Dairy Center

CALMAR, Iowa — The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation will celebrate National Dairy Month with the 10th annual Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22, at Iowa’s Dairy Center, 1527 Iowa 150.

The menu will include Belgian waffles served with real butter and whipped cream, sausage, cheese, yogurt, milk and ice cream.

There will be guided tram tours of the center, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt, farm-themed yoga and other activities. Donations will be appreciated.

For more information, visit IowaDairyCenter.com.

Field day on small grains set in Dyersville

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — The field day “Using Small Grains to Protect Your Bottom Line” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Wayne Brunsman farm, 1542 330th Ave.

Put on by the Practical Farmers of Iowa, the field day will feature Brunsman sharing his knowledge on managing his farm for soil health and using small grains as a profitable alternative to low margins in a conventional corn-bean rotation.

He also will discuss breaking up weed cycles without expensive herbicides, incorporating small grains into animal rations, advances in small-grain varieties and experimenting with hybrid rye.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, June 14, by emailing debra@practicalfarmers.org or calling 515-232-5661.

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