I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry ~ June 2019

Social Security Administration No-Match Letter Webinar

Recently, the Nebraska Dairy Association and Nebraska Cattlemen hosted a webinar on the SSA No-Match letters received by many dairy farmers. Presenting on this webinar are two law firms out of Lincoln, Nebraska. David Brown, Immigration Law attorney with Brown Immigration Law, PC, LLO and Torrey Gerdes and Susan Foster, employment law attorneys with Baylor Evnen Law Firm share information on the no-match letters.

Click here to view the webinar.

Coping with Farm & Rural Stress

Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

Below are some resources available when dealing with stress.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255; texting: Text HOME to 741741
Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline: 833-600-2670
Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor, no cost, no paperwork; 320-266-2390
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: 800-464-0258

South Dakota Ag Mediation Program: 605-773-5436 or 605-280-4745

South Dakota Rural Help Line:800-664-1349

South Dakota Suicide Prevention Hotline: 605-339-8599

Iowa Concern Hotline & Resources: 800-447-1985

Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program: 618-549-1200, ext. 1001

Rural Services of Indiana, Inc.: 574-299-9460

Kansas Ag Mediation Services: 800-321-3276

Missouri Agricultural Mediation Program: 573-751-5520

New York State Ag Mediation Program: 518-687-2240 or 866-669-7267

New York Farm Net: 800-547-3276

North Dakota Mediation Service: 844-642-4752 or 701-328-4158

North Dakota 211 Help Line Mental Health Association in North Dakota: 800-472-2911

North Dakota Agricultural Mediation Services: 800-642-4757 or 701-328-2061

Wisconsin Farm Center Hotline: 800-942-2474

Biosecurity Quick Tips

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Livestock

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (6/12/2019) – As we move from spring into summer, chances are you may be visiting a farm other than your own. Whether it’s for Breakfast on the Farm, a Field Day, or just to visit a neighbor, it’s important to keep biosecurity in mind. Biosecurity came into the limelight during the outbreak of avian influenza in Minnesota. Whether you raise chickens, cattle, pigs, or anything in between, biosecurity is an important piece to keeping your livestock safe. Here are some areas of biosecurity that may slip through the cracks, so make sure you are giving them some attention!

Purchasing Animals

First, know where you are buying the livestock from. Does that farm have a disease history you should be aware of? Diseases like Johne’s in cattle can easily be brought into herds by new animals with the producer being completely unaware. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions or even require negative test results before the transaction is complete. Ideally, newly purchased animals should be separated from the rest of the herd in a quarantine pen upon their arrival at the farm. Click here to read more.

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Delayed Planting Challenges: Alternative Forages

By Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist

With the excessively wet planting conditions much of South Dakota is now experiencing, many producers are looking for “Plan B” to meet forage needs for their livestock, or as a commodity that can be marketed to livestock producers.

Even for producers who may not own livestock, a forage crop can still hold economic potential. Harvesting forage or leasing grazing acres to neighbors who own livestock provides a way to create revenue on fields that may have otherwise been fallow or weedy this year. Click here to continue reading.

Bankruptcy Webinar

Tuesday, July 30th, 12pm

This is an online event.

A free, informational webinar featuring Kristine Tidgren, Director for the

Center of Ag Law and Taxation and Don Swanson, Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law will focus on bankruptcy, chapter 12 changes and debt reorganization as it relates to production agriculture.

No registration or fee will be required. A direct link will be available after July 1.

The webinar begins at 12:00 noon CST

Planning for Profitabilty Workshop

Two Locations:

July 31, 9 am to 2 pm; Printer’s Garden & Pumpkins, Decorah, IA

August 1, 9 am to 2 pm; Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids, IA

A one-day program designed for dairy managers and others involved in production agriculture. Topics will focus on insights into options to increase profitability; how lenders are adjusting what they will require when reviewing loan requests; how a risk management strategy benefits a dairy operation and a review of the milk market.

Presenters include:

· Cash vs. accrual Accounting and how it will be affected by changes in the tax laws: Tom Thaden, NW Iowa Farm Business Association

· Ag Lenders Panel Discussion: Troy Vander Stouwe, Iowa State Bank, Orange City, IA; Brad Bruxvort, First State Bank Southwest, Edgerton, MN; Dale Vanderberg, Peoples Bank, Sioux Center; Chris Kayton, Farm Credit Service, Omaha.

· Using FINBIN and DHIA data to predict financial success on dairies, Jim Salfer & Jolene Hadrich, University of Minnesota;

· The value of a risk management strategy for dairy producers, Cassandra Monger, Compeer Financial, Waite Park, MN

· Dairy Market Outlook, Fred M. Hall, Iowa State University Extension Dairy Specialist, Orange City, IA

There is no fee, but registration is required either on-line at:


or by calling 712.737.4230 to attend the Rock Rapids location or

for the Decorah location by calling 563.382.2949.

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Photoperiod Management for Dairy Cattle Webinar Now Available

By Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator

Nebraska Dairy Extension recently hosted a dairy barn lighting webinar. Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, Professor in the Animal Science department of the University of Florida, Gainesville discusses the implementation of photoperiod management throughout the life cycle of dairy cows to improve productivity and health for growing heifers, dry cows, and lactating cows, and some of the biology behind those recommendations.

Click here for the recorded webinar.

Click here for the PowerPoint slides.

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Disaster Resources Available with Recent Weather Events

Available resources include

South Dakota Department of Agriculture website (sdda.sd.gov)

  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

  • Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)

  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

  • Emergency Loans

  • Farm Stress Help

University of Nebraska Lincoln website (flood.unl.edu)

  • Cattle producers post flood checklist
  • University of Nebraska feeding assistance program
  • Dealing with flooded hay and grain
  • Disposal of flood soaked grains and forages
  • Emergency disposal of livestock carcasses
  • Flood-related diseases in poultry and livestock
  • Hay donations

Many more resources available at the websites listed above.

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



18-20: Precison Dairy Farming Conference: Rochester, MN; To learn more or register.


16-18: Dairy Experience Forum, St. Paul, MN. To learn more or register, click here.

30: Bankruptcy Webinar: 12:00 noon. A direct link to the webinar will be available after July 1.

31: Profitability Workshop: 9 am to 2 pm; Printer’s Garden & Pumpkins, Decorah, IA. To register click here or call 563.382.2949.


1: Profitability Workshop: 9 am to 2 pm; Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids, IA. To register click here or call 712.737.423.

7: SDSU Forage Field Day; Beresford, SD. Click here to learn more and to register.

About Us

The I-29 Moo University is represented by dairy extension educators and allied partners from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.