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  • 19. U.S.-China agricultural trade: The way forward (1 PD)

    Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist, Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
    This presentation will provides an update on the conditions of U.S.-China agricultural trade after the November election and before the end of the phase one trade deal year 1 target. Wendong will also discuss the ongoing agricultural transformations in China and the future of U.S. agricultural exports to China post COVID-19.

  • 27. Farm financial management in tough times (1 PD)

    Charles Brown, extension farm management field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Oskaloosa, IA
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
    Using a case study, we will look at financial decisions a farmer could make and how they might affect his operation. This will include some financing alternatives, marketing decisions and operating costs decisions.

  • 28. Derecho response and recovery for woodlands and windbreaks (1 PD)

    William Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist, Natural Resource and Ecology Management, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CST
    The August 10th derecho produced devastating impacts to Iowa's woodlands and windbreaks. This webinar will present recovery strategies for both, as well as inform on how to build resilient woodland and windbreak resources for the future.

  • 54. FADs: The wolf knocking at your door (1 PD)

    Colin Johnson, extension swine field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Ames, IA
    On-demand only. Release date to be announced.
    Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) have significant potential to disrupt many facets of Iowa agriculture. Why is this important to a corn-soyean farmer and how can we all play a role in stymieing it and other endemic diseases? Listen in and learn how not to carry hitchhikers up and down our country roads.

  • 56. Top 10 farm transition and estate planning mistakes (1 PD)

    Melissa O'Rourke, extension farm management field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Decorah, IA
    On-demand only. Release date to be announced.
    Whether a farm operation is small with limited acres and livestock, or a large commercial operation, everyone should prepare to transition the farm and family relationships to the future. If operators become sick or disabled – how will decisions be made, and what happens to an ongoing operation? Are there plans to expand in the years ahead, or transition the farm to future generations?  Is a team of professionals in place to help devise, advise and implement the plan? Is there a need to have what might be touchy conversations and communicate with family members? Melissa O’Rourke, an attorney and ISU Extension Farm and Business Management Specialist will address these questions and the “Top Ten Mistakes” that families should avoid as they prepare for the future.