Livestock producers faced numerous challenges in 2012 and 2013 to provide sufficient forages for their grazing livestock. And as in most summers, hot and dry weather reduce available forage supply. How do livestock producers get the most from pasture and stretch the hay supply?
A program will be held on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Community Center, 1509 5th Ave, Belle Plaine for producers to learn more about these topics and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) livestock disaster programs.
Denise Schwab, ISU Extension livestock specialist will discuss research-based pasture management practices to extend the grazing season. In addition, Denise will discuss practices to minimize hay and feed losses, and stretch the available feed supply.
Anna Boecker and Patrick Derdzinski, County Executive Directors for Tama and Benton County USDA FSA will review what producers need to know about the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).
This program is sponsored by the Benton County Extension Service, and the USDA FSA-Benton and Tama County. For more information, contact the Benton County FSA at 319-472-5274.