The Dairy Center Connection.

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We have new look! The Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation recently adopted a new logo which is composed of an icon and a wordmark. Every logo tells a story; here’s ours.

  • The circle shape is used to demonstrate the never ending service to the agriculture and animal (dairy & beef) community.
  • The golden half circle represents the sun overlooking the growth of the Foundation, crops and animals.
  • The repeating diagonal lines show the bounty of crops and are facing northeast to honor the Foundation’s roots.
  • The black half circle represents the core of all growth, the rich soil where our (the Foundation, community and crops) roots originate.


Mariah Busta
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Breakfast on the Farm Scheduled for June 26

Saturday, June 26 | 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Celebrate National Dairy Month with Breakfast on the Farm. Enjoy a wholesome, dairy-rich breakfast of Dad’s Belgian Waffles served with real butter and whipped cream, sausage, cheese, yogurt, milk and, of course, ice cream. In addition to breakfast, visitors will enjoy activities including guided tram tours of Iowa’s Dairy Center, hand-milking a cow, petting zoo, inflatables, corn pools, Story Time with the Dairy Princess and more. This outdoor event will follow current CDC guidelines and guests are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Breakfast on the Farm will be held rain or shine. Parking is available on-site and donations are appreciated. This event is made possible by generous support from community sponsors.  For more information, visit our website and follow along with the Breakfast on the Farm Facebook event. See you there!


Registration Open for Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

June 10, July 8, or Aug. 5 | 9-11 a.m. | Online, Zoom

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. The purpose of these one-day events is to teach students to stay safe on farms and at home with a variety of age-appropriate lessons. Topics may include ATV safety, bike safety, fire safety, machinery safety and more. Youth who live on a farm, work on a farm or visit a farm are encouraged to attend. Open to children ages 4-12. Registration is required and space is limited.

Register online for the June 10July 8 or Aug. 5 sessions. Contact the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at 888.844.6322 or for more information.

Registration Open for Summer A.I. Class

June 15-17 | 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.


Parlor Talk

Parlor Talk features bits of news from the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation and Iowa’s Dairy Center. The monthly column is written by Dave Lawstuen, NICC Agriculture Instructor and Chair of Iowa’s Dairy Center. 

  • The Foundation harvested 170 acres of rye this spring and averaged nearly four tons per acre, overfilling the 30x110x8 bunker.
  • Corn was no-till planted on May 12 into excellent soil conditions. Herbicide and 32% nitrogen were applied the following day.
  • Both BMR and conventional corn silage varieties were planted which will result in an interesting practical feeding trial next year to evaluate differences in yield, digestibility and ultimately energy corrected milk production.
  • Haylage will be harvested this week. The high-digestibility sorghum cocktail mix will be no-till planted into 60 acres for harvest later this summer.NICC agriculture faculty
  • Tad Mueller is leading an on-farm applied research project compare alternate nitrogen application in a no-till, cover crop, manure application system. This is part of a national SARE grant. 
  • Thanks to the De Soto, Wis. FFA chapter for visiting Iowa’s Dairy Center and NICC last week. We enjoyed meeting the 25 very impressive students looking for a career in agriculture.
  • Last week we registered a young man from an 800-cow dairy in central Texas for the Dairy Science program. He learned about NICC while attending the World Dairy Expo and will join the program in the fall.
  • Dairy Science alum Nick Bohr recently installed a mechanical sand separator on his 800 cow dairy near Ridgeway. This will be an excellent resource to have in Northeast Iowa to demonstrate on-farm conservation.
  • NICC Beef Science alum Luke Boyum was recently featured in the Fillmore County Journal celebrating May Beef Month.
  • Where are they now? Dairy Science alum Melinda Betchel Robb from New Richland, Wis. is working in the New Zealand dairy industry and lives in Oamaru.


Students, Alumni and Friends Recognized at AgriScience Awards Ceremony

The 18th Annual AgriScience Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 13 to celebrate the accomplishments of Northeast Iowa Community College students, alumni and friends. Awards for the Agriculture Business, Agronomy, Beef Science and Dairy Science programs were presented for both 2020 and 2021. Congratulations to all of the award winners and graduates of the NICC agriculture programs! View photos.

Brain Health Awareness in Agriculture: The Mind Field with Ramona Wink

Understanding the mind and promoting brain health can sometimes be as mysterious as knowing if the rain is going to fall to water the seeds that have been planted in the ground. Although neither field is an exact science, brain health and farming are two areas in which Ramona Wink is well versed. She is a licensed mental health therapist, motivational public speaker and was raised on a family farm in southeast Iowa. Ramona recognizes that farmers are suffering today with mental health issues; many of them suffering in silence.

If you are looking for ways to support the brain health of farmers and those working in the agriculture industry but don’t know how to go about doing that, this free seminar is for you. Register online for the events in Dubuque on May 25 or Calmar on May 26.

NICC for Kids

Aug. 2-4 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | NICC Calmar Campus

Your kids won’t stop talking about the fun classes they will participate in during this three-day camp. Classes introduce kids to new ideas and concepts in a fun and interactive way. NICC for Kids provides a positive, creative learning environment everyone will enjoy! Lunch and snacks are included. Open to students entering grades 2-4 in the fall.


Dairy Profile: Megan Kregel

Megan Kregel of Guttenberg, Iowa was recently featured on a Shark Farmer Podcast talking all things dairy, including her success on TikTok. Megan is a graduate of the NICC Dairy Science program and former Iowa’s Dairy Center Coordinator at the Foundation. Listen.

Industry News

Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference goes virtual on June 9 & 10. Learn more.

Did you miss "Mooving Forward with Dairy Technology" webinar series? Review the archives now of all four webinars focused on time-lapse cameras, sensor technology, automatic milking systems and automatic calf feeding systems. Watch.

Bring Undeniably Dairy to your local community with funding from Midwest Dairy available for organized dairy groups and dairy farmers. Read more.

Calendar of Events

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

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting
May 28 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
June 10, July 8, Aug. 5 | 9-11 a.m. | Virtual

Bovine Artificial Insemination Class
June 15-17 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Breakfast on the Farm
June 26 | 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Iowa's Dairy Center


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