June 2nd Dairy Iowa Event in Independence* Celebrate Dairy In Iowa: Profitability & Future of Dairy Farming

Celebrate Dairy in Iowa:  Profitability & Future of Dairy Farming 


9:30 a.m.      Registration and refreshments

10:00 a.m.   Welcome: Larry Shover

                       MC: Mike Pearson, Market to Market Host

10:15 am      Guest Speaker: Sam Miller, BMO Harris Bank

11:00 a.m.   Profitability & Future of Dairy: Dairy Producer Panel

Noon            Lunch

12:45 p.m. -    Guest Speaker: Mike Pearson

1:05 p.m.  –     Recognition of Midwest Dairy and ISDA Scholarship Winners

1:15 p.m.     Champions of Dairy-Molly Pelzer, Midwest Dairy Association

1:30 p.m.     A Path Forward- Mary Wilcox. Midwest Dairy Association

2:00 p.m.     Ralph Keeling Leadership Award Winners

2:15 p.m.     Dairy Highlights and Opportunities

  •  IDALS: Mike Naig
    • DNR: Gene Tinker
    • CSIF: Brian Waddingham
    • NICC/Dairy Foundation: Megan Kregel
    • WIDA: LeAnne Philips
    • ISU Dairy Science and Animal Science: Leo Timms and Don Beermann

3:00 p.m. – Wrap up and thank you



Nominations Sought Keeling Leadership Award Deadline May 1st for Consideration

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT KEELING LEADERSHIP AWARD DEADLINE MAY 1st: The Ralph Keeling Leadership Award is presented annually to an Iowan who has shown outstanding leadership in Iowa’s dairy industry. This award is in honor of the late Ralph Keeling. Keeling operated a successful dairy farm and business, devoting much of his time and talents to progressing Iowa’s dairy industry. The Award was established in 1967 to recognize those individuals whose leadership efforts contribute significantly to Iowa’s dairy industry.

Download form here: RK Nom Form 2015

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

Read press release for additional information in link below:

USDA Provides One-Time Extension to Farm Bill Safety-Net Deadline – Update Final

ISDA Policy Book 2015

Dairy farming in Iowa is a significant part of agriculture in our state. With nearly 1,375 dairy herds and more than 200,000 dairy cows, our dairy farm families bring value to all of Iowa. Making sure these families survive and thrive is important not only to the dairy industry, but to many other organizations and communities who greatly benefit from dairy’s positive impact throughout the state.  

The views of Iowa’s dairy farmers on many issues affecting them at a statewide level are covered in this policy booklet. This grassroots organization of dairy farmers has prepared this policy booklet as a resource for you. We encourage you to read through our policies and refer back to this booklet when making decisions regarding dairy farming.  

Iowa’s dairy farm families are vital to our state. Our social and economic benefits are keys to Iowa’s agricultural success. A recent study of the economic impact of Iowa’s dairy industry reports a per-cow per-year impact of $23,445. That means that Iowa’s dairy industry has an economic impact of over $4 billion dollars per year. We are 1,375 dairies strong and we want to ensure that dairy farming will be around for future generations of Iowans. 

President— Larry Shover, Delhi, IA

Access policy booklet 2015: policy for booklet 2015