The Dairy Center Connection.

Hi, Mariah!

I am so fortunate to be able to work with some talented people though my position at the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation, and many of these individuals serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As you may recall from our annual meeting earlier this year, members voted to become the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation. The change allowed us to incorporate other aspects of agriculture beyond dairy into our focus.

With the name change came some changes in the structure of our Board of Directors. Today, the 15-member board is comprised of producers and industry representatives of diverse agriculture backgrounds. From dairy to conservation and crops to education, we’re excited to have a well-rounded board that can steer our Foundation in the right direction. The board members are unpaid volunteers so we are appreciative of their time, dedication and support to organization.

I want you to “meet” these talented individuals so I will be periodically featuring them in the Dairy Profile section of the newsletter. These individuals are not only great board member, but fantastic leaders in their field, communities and families.


Mariah Busta
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Iowa’s Dairy Center Reopens Viewing Areas

Visitors are now able to access the Parlor and Robotic Milking Viewing Areas at Iowa’s Dairy Center. After being closed for several months due to COVID-19, the viewing areas were reopened to the public earlier this month. Visitors can once again stop by 24/7 to watch cows be milked. Learn more.

Miss an E-Newsletter?

Did you miss out on an issue of the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation’s monthly e-newsletter? Don’t worry! All editions of the Dairy Center Connection can be found on our website. Learn more.

Artificial Insemination Class Scheduled for November

Nov.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.



Make Plans to Attend Agriculture and Animal Sciences Program Preview Day

Friday, Nov. 6 | 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

This program preview day is designed for students interested in programs in Agriculture and Animal Science fields at NICC. Faculty are proud to showcase our College, Iowa's Dairy Center with state of the art necropsy lab and expand your understanding of the programs, career opportunities and earning potential in each career field. The program preview option is similar to a regular visit day with the addition of being customized to provide in-depth information on a specific area of study. Learn more.

Dairy Science Alumni Invited to Connect on Facebook

Are you an NICC Dairy Science alum? Join the program’s alumni Facebook group! This group is designed to share updates and happenings in the Dairy Science program and a way to connect with peers. To join, visit Facebook and search “NICC Dairy Science Alumni” and click “Join Group.”

NICC and Midwest Community Colleges Partner with NRCS and Sign National Agreement

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is partnering with Northeast Iowa Community College and eight Midwest community colleges to support hands-on student learning in the field, develop future conservation-minded farmers and ranchers and cultivate more graduates interested in pursuing careers with NRCS. On Sept. 21 representatives of the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement (C2A3) and NRCS held a virtual ceremony to formally sign a national memorandum of understanding to develop a cooperative framework to enhance and accelerate training and adoption of technologies and best practices for improved agricultural productivity and natural resources stewardship. Read more.

Dairy Profile: Wade Brunsman

Meet Wade Brunsman, member of the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Wade Brunsman and I’m from New Vienna, Iowa. Along with my 2 kids, Shawn (13) and Katy (12) we raise corn, soybeans and hay along with a few dairy heifers on my family farm. I attended NICC for Dairy Management from 2001-2003 and was part of the Dairy Judging Team both years. In 2003, I started my own Ayrshire herd which I managed/owned for 13 years before becoming a Dairy Field Rep for Wapsie Valley Creamery. I’ve shown at the World Dairy Expo and Iowa State Fair several times over the years and took home Grand Champion Jersey at the 2008 Iowa State Fair. Shawn and Katy are now active in 4-H and FFA following the family tradition of showing dairy cattle. In 2015, I received the Delaware County Young Dairy Family Award.  

Where are you employed?

I have been a Dairy Field Rep at Wapsie Valley Creamery for three years and enjoy working with my producers to ensure quality milk is produced as efficiently as possible. I have the unique experience of being a former Dairy Producer and now a Dairy Field Rep which helps me relate to the dairy industry from both sides of the fence.  

How long have you been on the Board of Directors?

This is my second year on the Dairy & Ag Foundation Board. 

What is one goal you have for the Dairy & Ag Foundation?

I have enjoyed my time on the board helping to make The Dairy & Ag Foundation a model farm for all dairy and ag producers. We have a big responsibility to tell the story of agriculture and explain how we produce high quality food in a safe and responsible way. My goal is for the Foundation to open its own creamery to supply not only the NICC campus, but the local community and all its visitors.  

Industry News

Virtual Ag Lenders Seminar set for Nov. 10. Read more.

The 2020 Women in Ag Leadership Conference, “Leadership in Unprecedented Times,” will be held virtually on November 30 and December. Register.

Central Plains Dairy Expo scheduled for March 24-25, 2021. Learn more.

Calendar of Events

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

Bovine Artificial Insemination Class
Nov. 17-19 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting
Nov. 20 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center


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