Hi, [firstname|there]!

Happy fall! We hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures and changing colors. We have enjoyed having students back on campus and hosting a successful Tri-State Dairy & Ag Expo. Next week, we will be stepping off the farm and visiting World Dairy Expo. If you are there, please stop by and see us in Madison. Our booth will be located on the main concourse of the Coliseum at booth 21tt. We hope to see you there!

Wishing you a safe and plentiful harvest season,

Brenna Connelly
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Tri-State Dairy and Ag Expo 

More than 470 FFA members from 39 schools in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin participated in today's Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo! The expo featured dairy judging and dairy products contests. In addition, there were several educational sessions including Iowa State University’s biosecurity trailer, Hoard's Dairyman judging and a grain bin rescue demonstration with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

North Fayette Valley FFA was named the champion dairy judging team. Team members included Brock Soppe, Blake Sparrgrove and Alexis Oakland. Aden Kruse of Beckman Catholic High School was the high-scoring individual of the contest.

Additionally, the Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo presented an annual award in memory of Dennis Rud, a former FFA instructor and longtime employee of Nelson Dairy Consultants. The award is given to an individual who has had a significant role in the success of the expo. The recipient of the annual award was Ron Lenth who was recognized for his dedication to the expo.


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Press Release

Registration Open for Artificial Insemination Class

Nov. 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.

Register: https://iowadairycenter.com/farmers/artificial-insemination-courses.php


NICC Cougar Sports Shooting Victories

Northeast Iowa Community College Cougar Sports Shooting started off the fall 2023 season strong with back-to-back victories on Saturday, Sept. 9. NICC defeated Kirkwood Community College 481-427 in the day’s first competition, followed by a victory over rival Indian Hills Community College, 481-473. Read more.

Northeast Iowa Community College names Vice President of Student Services

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) has named Amy Gaffney vice president of student services. Gaffney most recently served as director of LIFE, the adult, evening, accelerated program for the University of Dubuque. Read more.

Employers Invited to the Agriculture Career Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 9 - 11 a.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

The agriculture faculty at Northeast Iowa Community College would like to invite you to the annual Agriculture Career Fair. It will take place Tuesday, October 24 from 9-11 a.m at Iowa’s Dairy Center. Approximately 75 first and second year students from the following majors will be in attendance: Ag Business, Ag Finance, Ag Production, Beef Science and Dairy Science. High school students are also invited to attend who are interested in the field to network. Set up can begin at 8:15 a.m. Each employer will be provided a 2x4 table. There is no cost for employers to attend. Register here.

Agriculture and Animal Program Preview Day Scheduled

Friday, Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Interested in pursuing a career in agriculture? Check out the Ag & Animal Program Preview Day in Calmar. This program preview day is designed for students interested in programs in Agriculture and Animal Science fields.  Speak with professors to learn more about the Agriculture Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, Beef Science, Dairy Science, and other programs that are offered at NICC. Read more.

Industry News

Meet the Official Judges and Associates of World Dairy Expo 2023. Learn more.

All the Cool Kids (and their parents!) are eating cottage cheese. Read more.

Dairy Margin Coverage Snapshot for 2023 Delivers Big. Read more.

Make milk that's market-ready. Learn more. 

Board Member Feature

Nolan Lyness

My name is Nolan Lyness and I am the District 3 Field Manager for Iowa Corn. I grew up and live in Manchester, Iowa. My passion for agriculture has stemmed from showing livestock in 4-H and FFA. I still remain very involved within the show pig industry and enjoy helping young people learn and develop their livestock projects. In addition, we have started our own herd of show goats. In my free time I enjoy spending time at the lake, attending livestock shows, and enjoying time with my friends and family. 

We are excited to welcome Nolan to our board! 

Calendar of Events

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

Agriculture Career Fair
Oct. 24 | 9 - 11 a.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting 
Oct. 27 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Agriculture and Animal Sciences Program Preview
Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

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

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