Dairy Breeds 101

The first dairy cow came to Jamestown in 1611. Did you know just like our pets, there are different breeds of dairy cows? Each breed has unique characteristics! Here a list of the six most popular dairy breeds (no specific order) in the United States! 1. Jersey The Jersey cow originated in the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. Jersey cows are the smallest of all the breeds, weighing between 800 and 1200 pounds at maturity. They are light to dark brown in color and have large brown eyes. Jerseys produce the least amount of milk but where they lack in quantity they succeed in quality. Jersey milk is high in butterfat and protein. This breed adapts well to various climates! 2. Holstein Hol

Local Teachers Participate in Online Workshop called, “Dairy and Pork and Beef, Oh My!”

Thirty local teachers participated in “Dairy and Pork and Beef, Oh My,” a professional development opportunity for educators. The workshop was a collaboration between Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF), Delaware County Farm Bureau, Linn County Farm Bureau, and Buchanan County Farm Bureau. The workshop was intended to be held in person but due to COVID-19 was transition to a virtual opportunity and was offered June 15 and 16, 2020. Participants Joined in for a live two hour zoom session where they were able to connect with others in the class and learn about course requirements. Participants also had the opportunity to hear from Rebecca Vittetoe, Morgan Hibbs, Shelby Hawkins, Will Fe

Growing Crops Indoors!

This Friday we are visiting a greenhouse for the second FarmChat® in our Facebook summer series! Stacie grows flowers, vegetables and herbs to sell to local customers each spring. She also has a flower shop in her basement. Before we visit with Stacie on Friday, I thought it would be good to discuss why and how someone might grow plants indoors. Many vegetable and flowers farmers will choose to begin their seeds indoors using artificial light and heat or in a heated greenhouse. Starting seeds indoors allows farmers to get a jump start on the growing season. Some seeds can be tricky to grow directly into the soil. For example, Statice is a filler flower and direct seeding is not recommended.

Food, Garden and Ag!

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Morgan Hibbs, Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach Coordinator, partnered with Cindy Hall, Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation Education Program Manager, to host Food, Garden and Ag; an online training for implementing a school garden. Local daycare providers with Community Coordinated Child Care (4Cs) came together to learn about the importance of connecting students to where and how their food is grown. The hour and a half online workshop focused on the importance of gardening with children, learning connections, literacy opportunities and building a school garden with tips and tricks. Why garden with children? Gardening provides opportunities for responsibi

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