Ag Briefs

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encouraged Iowa farmers and agribusiness professionals to consider applying for a Nuffield International Scholarship. The program allows participants to travel internationally for a minimum of 16 weeks over an 18-month period researching agricultural production, distribution, management and/or communication. A Nuffield International Scholarship supported by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa Soybean Association is open specifically for those involved in Iowa agriculture. There are also two nationwide scholarships that Iowans would be eligible to receive. The application deadline for this scholarship is Oct. 15. More information about the application process can be found at

DES MOINES — Iowa farmers interested in reducing soil erosion, improving soil health and water quality, creating or protecting wildlife habitat and treating other resource concerns on their land have until Oct. 19 to be considered for priority funding through USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program for fiscal year 2019. Through EQIP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provides conservation planning and financial assistance for conservation practices such as no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, terraces, grassed waterways, manure management facilities and pasture management. The Oct. 19 application cutoff deadline includes EQIP funding through Iowa’s Regional Conservation Partnership Projects. Visit the local NRCS office today for more information about conservation planning and financial assistance to implement more conservation on your farm or go to

ORANGE CITY — Agricultural lenders will receive current useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Triple Box near Orange City.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients — especially those who work with dairymen — in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on agricultural market outlooks, the farm bill, financial recordkeeping and accounting, and insurance and farm safety procedures. The second annual Siouxland Ag Lender’s Seminar presents current information that assists lenders and farm financial advisors in their portfolio management. This will be especially true in this era of continued low prices and the unknowns of the new farm bill. Registration cost for the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is $80 for the first person from a business and $50 for each additional person that has made the registration by Oct. 26. After Oct. 26, all registrations — including at the door — will be $100 and will not guarantee lunch. To register, visit or for more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or

ORANGE CITY — Beef producers are reminded that by Jan. 1 they must have a current Beef Quality Assurance certificate in order to sell cattle to certain packers. To help producers comply with this requirement, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering a series of “year-end” trainings in northwest Iowa. In Spencer, the training will be Dec. 5 at Grace United Methodist Church. RSVP to 262-2264. All trainings will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

DES MOINES — Preapplications are now being accepted for conservation projects located in urban areas that are focused on improving water quality. Proposed projects should be based on local collaborative efforts that focus on implementing conservation measures that reduce a property's contribution to water quality degradation, runoff and flooding. Examples of eligible urban practices include wetlands, bioretention cells, native landscaping and other approved nutrient reduction practice technologies. Cities, counties, county conservation boards, Soil and Water Conservation District, or other units of government, not-for-profit nongovernmental organizations, public water supply utilities or watershed management organizations are eligible to submit applications. The preapplications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Pre-applications selected to submit a full application will be notified by Jan. 11 and the full applications will be due on Feb. 8. Projects selected to receive funding will be announced in early March. Project preapplication guidance can be found or can be requested by contacting the Department’s Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality at 515-281-5851.

Holly Hoffman

STORM LAKE — Holly Hoffman has been named as the keynote speaker for the annual Women in Denim conference in Storm Lake. The annual conference is scheduled for Jan. 25-26. The conference is held at Buena Vista University. The keynote is scheduled for Friday evening.

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