Drought Recovery Cow-Calf Producer Meetings Set in Northwest Iowa

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Pasture in drought conditions.

Pasture in drought conditions.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Cow-calf producers dealing with the aftermath and ongoing conditions of several months of drought are invited to attend one of three upcoming meetings specifically focused on livestock, crop and financial information. This 2022 Moving Forward After Drought series is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and is set for Jan. 20, 24, 25 based on specific location.

The programs are free and open to all cow-calf producers, although preregistration is required to assure adequate space and materials for attendees. Individuals need attend only attend one meeting as the same topics will be covered at all three, according to Iowa State extension beef specialist Beth Doran.

"Geographically-speaking, the O’Brien, Clay, Dickinson, Palo Alto, Emmet, Kossuth county area, has been hit hard with drought," Doran said. "I am concerned and want to help our producers get ready for what I hope is drought recovery in 2022."

Each program will focus on three key topics.

  1. Gentry Sorenson, ISU extension crop specialist, will lead a discussion on repairing pastures and establishing cover crops.
  2. Doran will provide a cow-calf outlook and benchmarking update, two topics key to financial stability or growth for producers.
  3. The local Farm Service Agency Director for each county will provide current information related to financial assistance available for cow-calf producers.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Jan. 20. Iowa Lakes Community College Farm, Emmetsburg; 1 to 3 p.m.
    Preregister by Jan. 14 by calling 712-852-2865.
  • Monday, Jan. 24. VFW Building, Estherville; 1 to 3 p.m.
    Preregister by Jan. 21 by calling 712-362-3434.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25. Community Building, Royal; 1 to 3 p.m.
    Preregister by Jan. 21 by calling 712-262-2264.

See more details in the program flyer. Contact Doran with questions by phone at 712-737-4230 or by email at doranb@iastate.edu.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230, doranb@iastate.edu

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