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Des Moines Register 01-07-07 Grassroots Dairy association to hold annual meeting The Iowa State Dairy Association's annual meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at America's Best Value Inn and Suites in Waverly. Speakers include Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture, and ISU professor Leo Timms. A business session, luncheon and voting on Iowa dairy policy also will be held. Dairy producers who want to attend should call (515) 971-3620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hog producers can join niche sow group The registration deadline is Thursday for the Niche Sow Breeding and Gestation Discussion Group. The group is limited to 20 operations. Iowa State University Extension swine field specialist Dave Stender said the group is for those who pen breed sows and want to connect with their peers. Producers will select either Tuesday, starting Jan. 16, or Wednesday, starting Jan. 17, and will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on those days every two weeks. Participants need a computer with high-speed Internet access and a phone line for each session or they can find a computer at a local Extension office. The registration form is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/Niche.Sow.Discussion.Group.pdf. The cost is $20 for materials and phone calls. The interest group is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center, University of Nebraska Extension, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information, call (712) 225-6196 or e-mail email@example.com. Organic agency invites producers to dialogue The Organic Farmers' Agency for Relationship Marketing Inc. invites organic livestock producers, producer groups and others who work with organic livestock producers to a meeting about the future of organic livestock marketing from 3 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday at the Baymont Inn and Suites near the Des Moines airport. The Organic Farmers' Agency for Relationship Marketing Inc., which goes by the acronym OFARM, describes itself as a cooperative marketing agency formed by organic producers in 2000. For more information, call (785) 337-2442 or (920) 825-1369. Agronomy society post goes to ISU's Moore Kenneth Moore, Iowa State University agronomy professor, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy. His research involves the development of improved systems for the production and utilization of biomass and forage crops.
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