Cooperative Extension Service

$365,334 increase

Increased funding will support a variety of Extension and Outreach initiatives, including initiatives that respond to critical issues that significantly impact Iowans including, Avian Influenza outbreaks, drought, floods, widespread plant and animal diseases, insects (emerald ash borer), and policy changes. Additional resources will ensure that ISU can provide immediate response and education to address these challenges, and support practical research, surveillance, and programmatic efforts to help communities and individuals plan for the future. Nutrient Reduction Strategy implementation is also a critical issue and a continuing priority of Iowa agriculture. Additional resources will increase the number of education and demonstration projects at the local level to show farmers how to effectively incorporate research based practices into their farming operation reducing loss of nutrients to surface water.

A high priority focus on farm operation and land transitions, involving unique audiences, include implementing plans for the successful continuation of the farm business beyond the current operators. Farm financial stress is also increasing as grain, livestock, and milk prices have decreased faster than production expenses. The necessary adjustment in asset values to reflect commodity prices will be a slow process and will result in lower net farm income and lower rents paid to land owners. Additional resources will strengthen programming in retirement planning for the older generation, financial and production management for the younger generation, and training of professionals to serve both audiences.