I-29 Moo University

A newsletter for dairy producers & industry~October, 2019

Calendar of Events

NOTE: All event times are listed as CST.



5-6: Central Plains Dairy Expo Women's Conference, Bloomington, MN. Cost is $175/person. Click here for the agenda and to register.

7: Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar; 9:00 am -3:45 pm.

13: Dairy Field Day at Summit Dairy near Primghar, IA; 12:30-3:30. There is no cost to attend. Click here to register.

20: Dairy Field Day at Tri County Dairy near Viborg, SD; 12:30-3:30. There is no cost to attend. Click here to register.


3: Dairy Discussions, Orange City, IA, Utilizing Crossbreeding and Genomics Technology on Dairies, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Register by calling 712-737-4230

4-5: Iowa State Dairy Association Annual Meeting, Ames, IA; Click Here for more Info

10: Dairy Directions Series, Sac City, IA; Replacement Heifer Management, Cooling Dairy Cows & Risk Management Strategies, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm; Register Here or by calling 712-662-7131

10: Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Training, Sioux Falls Regional Livestock, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information Click Here.

11: Dairy Directions Series, Pocahontas, IA; Replacement Heifer Management, Cooling Dairy Cows & Risk Management Strategies, 10:00 am -2:30 pm, Register Here or by calling 712-335-3103

14: Dairy Directions Series, Fine Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management; Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City, IA; 9:30 am -3:00 pm, Register Here or by calling 712-737-4230



6-10: I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series & Mid-west Dairy Updates; 6th -Perham, MN; 7th - Brookings, SD; 8th - Pipestone, MN; 9th - Orange City, IA; and 10th - Wayne, NE- Save the Dates


9-13: I-29 Moo University dairy farm tours & World Ag Expo visit; Tulare, CA. Agenda & registration details coming soon!


24th: I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course; Sioux Falls, SD. Agenda & registration details coming soon!

24-26: Central Plains Dairy Expo: Click here for more information

Aflotoxins in Corn

By Kim Clark, UNL Extension Dairy Educator

What a weather anomaly this year has been! It started this spring with the bomb cyclone in March in the western part of Nebraska and the flooding on the central and eastern portion of the state from the rapid melting and rains. Since then, much of the state has been wet or flooded.

As silage harvest continues and corn harvest begins, mycotoxin challenges and issues may arise. Mold produce mycotoxins. It is not the molds themselves that impact animal health, it is the mycotoxins that negatively impact animal health.

One common mycotoxin is Aflotoxin. Aflotoxin is produced by two molds...Read more

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Siouxland Ag Lenders Program

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 9am-4pm

The Triple Box 4758 Ironwood Avenue Orange City, IA 51041


8:45 a.m. — Registration

9:00 a.m. — Convergence of the Big Three in Agriculture: Economy, Technology and Experience
Doug Johnson, Moody’s Analytics
10:00 a.m. — Break
10:15 a.m. — Combining FINBIN and DHIA Data to Predict Expansion Success
Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
11:00 a.m. — Dairy Market Outlook Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:00 Noon — Lunch
12:45 p.m. — How Dairies are Ramping Up Their Financial Reporting Gary Vande Vegte,
Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, PC
1:45 p.m. — Break
2:00 p.m. — Tax Law Changes Tom Thaden, Iowa Farm Business Assn.
2:45 p.m. — Market Outlook Chad Hart, Iowa State University

3:45 p.m. — Adjourn and Evaluation plus Price Prognostications Fees

Registration Deadline: October 25
Pre-registration is $85 for the first person from the business/organization, and $60 for each additional person. Includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Registration at the door is $100 per person with no lunch guaranteed.
Register via mail by detaching this form, via phone at 712-737-4230, or online here.

Being a Dairy Worker: Blessing or Curse? It will depend on your attitude.

By Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist

Recently, my team finished a research project on stress sources for dairy farm employees. The majority of the U.S. dairy farm workforce is Latino or has Latino heritage, and their main concern as it relates to stress is the inability to communicate in English.

Also, usually the lack of English language skills is the primary reason for not properly following work training programs, protocols and rules. It may be the dairy farm worker’s curse.

Many of the Latinos working on dairy farms or in the dairy industry have agricultural farm experiences from back home, being exposed to a range of crops and livestock production practices. Many of them also have bachelor’s degrees in agronomy, biology or veterinary studies. Their educational background is equal to the worldwide academic and professional level. Read More...

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Annual Ag Loan Reviews Are Right Around The Corner

By Fred Hall, NW Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist

Even with milk prices trending up and 2020 looking to be be even better, there is lots of uncertainty still in the marketplace. Continuing weather issues, trade and tariff issues plus forage quality and availability all weigh heavy on producer minds as they struggle to finish the 2019 season.

With cow numbers moderating and storage levels slowing or declining, there is the expectation that milk prices will continue to improve. Current domestic consumption seems to be holding but there’s lots of signals out there that point to a decline in the global and USA economic health. A recession in this county would certainly but the damper on things. If negotiators could build a lasting deal for exports, the future would make a dramatic turn-around.

In the next few months lenders and borrowers will be setting down and reviewing portfolios with an annual review. Bankers will be asking more questions and looking for more information to evaluate loans.

Here are four things every borrower should have ready when they walk into the office. Read more...

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Stress in Farming

By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD Minn. (09/25/19) - Farming and working in agriculture can be stressful. There are numerous factors outside of our control, and with the state of the agricultural economy, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and even, at times, helpless. And, that’s okay. It’s okay to not be okay. What’s important is that we recognize when we aren’t feeling like ourselves and are able to seek help if we need it. Sometimes, we may need to help others recognize that they aren’t at their best. Understanding and recognizing the behavioral and physical signs of stress can assist us. Read more...

2020 Winter Workshop Series Save the Dates Postcard

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

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.

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.