The Dairy Center Connection.

Hi, there!

There are so many things to love about June. The warm weather is here to stay, school is out for the summer, the fields are turning green and ball games have started. But arguably the best reason to love June is because it’s National Dairy Month. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the best month of the year: 

  • Try out a new dairy recipe and share it on social media.
  • Refuel with chocolate milk after a workout (or chores!)
  • Bring your family and friends to a dairy farm for a tour. We know a good place! 
  • Cool off with a treat from your favorite ice cream shop.
  • Attend an on-farm event, like Breakfast on the Farm.
  • Is it the smell of fresh cut hay, the delicious products or the memories made in the barn? Share why you love dairy!

How are you celebrating?

Mariah Busta
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Mark Your Calendars for Breakfast on the Farm

Saturday, June 25 | 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Iowa’s Dairy Center

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, Storytime with the Dairy Princess and more.

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!

Join us for Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

June 16 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

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. Learn more.

Registration Open for Summer A.I. Class

June 28-30 | 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.



Congrats, Grads!

Congratulations to the NICC Dairy Science Technology Class of 2022! Students participated in the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22 at Upper Iowa University. We wish them well in their future endeavors!

Students out on Summer Internships

NICC Dairy Science Technology students are taking advantage of learning opportunities outside of the classroom through internships. This summer, students can be found all over the Midwest completing their internships on dairy farms, at veterinary clinics and other agriculture companies. Follow along with the NICC Dairy Science Facebook page for internship highlights.

NICC for Kids

Aug. 1-3 | 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. Learn more.

Dairy Profile: Mark Koezen

Mark Koezen of Rolfe was recently featured in the Dairy Star with his parents Jolanda and Johan. Together, Mark and his family milk 800 cows in Pocahontas County after moving to Iowa from the Netherlands 15 years ago. Mark graduated from NICC with his degree in Dairy Science Technology last spring. Read more.  

Industry News

Dairy farms to hold open houses in celebration of dairy month. Learn more.

Is robotic milking right for you? Tune in on June 15 and learn if investing in a robotic milking system will help you achieve your goals and key management skills needed for success. Learn more.

Jump on the Conservation Conversation Bus Tour, June 28-30. Learn more.

Calendar of Events

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

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®
June 16 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting
June 17 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Breakfast on the Farm
June 25 | 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Bovine Artificial Insemination Class
June 28-30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center


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