I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry- November, 2018

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Area Ag Lenders Tightening Up on Loans According To Survey

By Fred Hall, ISU Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – At the Siouxland Agricultural Lenders Seminar on November 1st, we surveyed the participants on what they were seeing in their ag loan portfolios in light of the current ag economy. The 58 attendees were from five states represented 20 lending institutions and 13 other ag industries. More importantly they represented service to over 500 dairies, 317,725 milking cows and 108,400 acres producing feed for those cows.

Last year we asked them to identify the number one economic issue affecting their dairy clients and the response was low milk prices and labor issues. In this the fourth year of economic stresses, it was no surprise that the overwhelming concerns were low milk prices and cash flow issues.

Another second year question was what percentage of their clientele were going to expand operations, exit dairying or add robotic milkers in the next five years. Read more...

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“Farming in Tough Times” Meeting to be held December 7

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — University of Minnesota Extension will host “Farming in Tough Times,” an educational meeting for area agricultural producers who may find themselves confronting various challenges as a result of the economic state of agriculture. The workshop will be held on Friday, December 7 at ElmerZ Restaurant and Event Center, located at 1225 Timberlane Drive, Sauk Centre, MN. The workshop will run from 10:30am-2:30pm, with registration starting at 10:00am. This meeting is offered free of charge and includes lunch.

This event will focus on farm stress, mental well-being, and building resiliency. The agenda will feature a several engaging speakers and topic experts. The keynote speaker for the day will be Dennis Hoiberg, an organizational consultant from Australia. Dennis has more than 35 years’ experience in regional and rural communities helping them cope with change – at the personal, family, business and community level. To register today....

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Webinars now available

Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State Extension Dairy Field Specialist

As winter will soon be upon us, we may have a bit more time to catch up on our personal learning or encourage personal advancement within our employees.

There are a few webinars that are now archived, FREE to watch, and can view them in your own time as needed!

Here is the link to the Recent Dairy-RP (Risk Protection) program webinar: This webinar, given by Dr. Marin Bozic, U of M Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics will provide you with a basic understanding of the newly unveiled Dairy-RP program. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4324856814119844610

Find more information on Dairy markets and policy several podcasts are available at https://dairymarkets.org

Here is the link to the Manure Pit Death: A Preventable Tragedy Webinar: This webinar will provide you not only with Jerry Nelson’s personal story of survival in this near death experience but also help train your employees about the basics of manure safety.


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

Texting: Text HOME to 741741

Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline

833-600-2670 x 1

Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor, no cost, no paperwork
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline
South Dakota Suicide Prevention Hotline


Iowa Concern Hotline


Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



27-29: Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo; Registration is free for producer members of MMPA until November 1. Click here for details.


5: Animal Care Wednesday Webinar: OneHealth Initiative Update - 11:00 AM; Click here for details.

5-6: Iowa State Dairy Association Annual Meeting; Quality Inn & Suites, 2601 E. 13th St, Ames, IA. Click here for full details and to register.

13: Veterinarian & Nutrition Professionals Seminar: Refined Functional Carbohydrates, Dr. Chris Chase, RACE CE credit approved; SDSU Dairy Science, Room 100, Alfred Dairy Science Building, 2-5 pm. For more info email Chris Sorenson; Arm & Hammer



14-18: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series~Barn Benchmarks for Success~ in partnership with Midwest Dairy District meetings (MN District 3&4, & 18, & SD District Mtg) & Producer Association Meetings (SDDP) & MN Milk's Dairy Management Workshops , Click here for more info and to RSVP...

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