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Hi, Mariah!

2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and oh are we excited to share with you updates for the future of the Foundation. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 12 for an annual meeting you won’t want to miss. I am excited to announce that we will be bringing in Dr. Mike Hutjens as the keynote speaker, which you can read more about below. I will continue to provide updates on other business that will be highlighted as the meeting approaches. Stay tuned!

Mariah Busta
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Mike Hutjens to Speak at 2020 Annual Meeting

The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 with Dr. Mike Hutjens as the keynote speaker. Dr. Mike Hutjens, dairy extension specialist with University of Illinois, is well known in the dairy industry. He is the editor of the National Dairy Database and Illinois Dairy Report and has spoken at hundreds of meetings across the country and globally. Hutjens also writes feed columns for Hoard’s Dairyman, Dairy Today, Dairy Japan, Western Canadian Dairy Magazine, Wisconsin Agri-View and Dairy Herd Management. 

All farmers, industry persons and those interested are welcome to attend. Businesses interested in advertising in the annual report can contact Mariah for more information. 

Save the Date: Bus Trip to Central Plains Dairy Expo

We’re teaming up with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach to once again offer a bus trip for farmers, students and industry persons to Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, S.D. This two-day, one-night trip is scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, March 24-25. Highlights of Central Plains Dairy Expo include the welcome reception and concert, breakout sessions and trade show. Stay tuned for more details regarding the trip.

Registration Open for Spring AI Training

March 17-19 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

This is a three-day hands-on class for those who wish to artificially inseminate their own cattle or gain experience to work for others. The class will cover all aspects of bovine reproduction, from anatomy and hormones to heat detection. Students have actual insemination practice on cattle at Iowa's Dairy Center. The minimum age requirement for this class is 16. The class is taught by Select Sires.



NICC Today, CU Tomorrow

Clarke University (Clarke) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) are entering into a new partnership that will provide students with a streamlined pathway to a four-year degree while saving money and helping build the local workforce. The partnership offers dual admission for students studying Nursing at NICC, as well as those who do not quite meet the admissions criteria of Clarke (e.g., grade point average, ACT/SAT score) and/or would be better served financially by starting at NICC. Read more.

You're Invited to Attend: Every Farmer Counts Lunch & Learn

You're invited to attend one of these FREE Every Farmer Counts Lunch & Learn events:

Tuesday, Feb. 4  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Peosta Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 5  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wilder Business Center, Calmar Campus

The events kick off with Grain Bin Safety designed for farm operators, agribusiness owners and employees. Following lunch, Lisa Schaefer, Shine with Schaefer, leads a dynamic session regarding Brain Health on the Farm to better understand stress and learn coping methods to assist in its reduction. Remember, it's free to attend, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Ashlee Then at 888.844.6322, ext. 2371 or

NICC Dairy Science Club is now on Instagram

Follow along with the NICC Dairy Science Club’s events and activities on Instagram. The NICC Dairy Science Club is the largest agriculture club on campus and its members participate in organizing field trips, community events, the dairy judging contest at Tri-State Dairy Expo and the annual dairy cattle sale. Check it out on Instagram at @niccdairyscienceclub.

Dairy Profile: Andy & Aaron Houdek

NICC Dairy Science Alumni Andy and Aaron Houdek were featured as a top performer in a recent issue of the Dairy Star. The brothers, along with their parents, Wayne and Kris, shared insight on their 480-cow dairy, Wake Up Holsteins near Caledonia, Minn. Andy also serves on the Dairy Foundation’s Board of Directors. Read more.

Industry News

The final two sessions of 2020 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be held in Kalona and Holy Cross in February. Read more.  

The Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team will be hosting a five-week farm labor webinar series from Noon to 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning February 5 through March 4. Read more.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University are hosting a free, one day workshop for dairy producers, processors, extension, veterinarians and emergency responders in Calmar on February 11. Register.

In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting “Farm Couple Getaways”. Read more.

USDA reminds producers of Feb. 28 deadline for Conservation Reserve Program general signup. Read more.

The Dairy Science Club at Iowa State University is hosting Iowa Youth Dairy Coalition March 28-29 in Le Mars. Transportation will be available from Northeast Iowa. For more information and to register, contact Hayley Jackson at

Calendar of Events

Visit our website to see all upcoming events and continuing education courses.

Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness Workshop
Feb. 11 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Feb. 19 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Dairy Foundation Board Meeting
Feb. 28 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Dairy Foundation Annual Meeting
March 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Central Plains Dairy Expo Bus Trip
March 24-25 | Sioux Falls, S.D.


Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation 
1527 Hwy. 150 S., Calmar, Iowa
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