ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s dairy industry has a very important impact on Iowa’s economy. The dairy industry contributes over $5.6 billion to the state’s economy annually, which equates to $25,495 for every dairy cow in the state. Each dairy has a different story, each family different priorities but all strive to produce a quality product and stay in business for the next generation.
Iowa State University researchers are working with dairy industry representatives to learn from Iowa dairy farmers about their current operations, their current needs and their expectations for the future.
“Surveys have been conducted in 2000, 2005 and 2012, but many circumstances have changed since then,” according to Fred M. Hall, Jennifer Bentley and Larry Tranel, Dairy Program Specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach. “That is why we are asking Iowa dairy producers to complete a current survey.”
Each licensed dairy will receive a survey in the mail and are asked to complete each question and return it in the postage paid return envelope. This year, dairies also have the option to complete the survey on-line with the link and password included in the survey packet.
Once compiled, the survey will enable industry professionals and elected officials to better understand how to make future programming efforts as useful and practical for Iowa’s dairy farmers as possible.
Hall said that the survey is in-depth; covering topics from facilities and marketing to labor and producer views on current topics facing the dairy industry today. If you are interested in the previous surveys, the summaries are available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/iowa-dairy-industry.
This research is supported by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa State Dairy Association, Iowa State University, Midwest Dairy Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Area Development Group.
For more information contact Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949, email@example.com; or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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