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Farmers-dot-gov website graphic Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will accept applications beginning May 26. The USDA program website describes the program, who can use it, which agricultural products are covered, and how to prepare for application. Be sure to check the FAQ file (updated as necessary) in the resources section.
IBC wordmark and University of Wisconsin Extension graphic The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt cattle markets. Having a market that will take finished cattle at a suitable date has become a concern. In addition, the current live market prices, and limited sale opportunities for fat steers have left many cattle feeders searching for solutions to reduce their economic loss. "Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic" was created by Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension beef specialists, University of Wisconsin Extension livestock program educators, and University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Science Faculty to provide help for producers making these decisions.
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Feedlot cattle producers currently are faced with making immediate decisions with long-terms implications. Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council have developed a two-part webinar series, Feedlot Considerations Amid the Pandemic, to help provide some clarity, considerations and suggestions. See recordings from the April 28 and April 29 sessions.

Black cattle at feedbunk In a new report, ISU extension livestock economist Lee Schulz and Glynn Tonsor from Kansas State University address the issue of packing plant utilization on livestock prices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are potential concerns about plant capacity. The authors stress that labor is often the driving factor between the rated capacity and the operational capacity of a plant.
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IBC director Dan Loy was a guest for Iowa PBS's Market to Market show on about the impact of #COVID-19 on the #beef industry and concerns from producers related to packing plants. Listen and read here.

Example of a good soil sample Fertilization is just as important for forages as it is for row crops to maximize productivity. This Integrated Crops Management article, Spring Forage Fertilize Considerations, addresses spring fertilization considerations for forage crops and pastures. Also on this site, you can sign up to receive email alerts for the ICM blog and Crop News Daily. ISU extension field agonomists Brian Lang and Rebecca Vittetoe explains what producers should be planning and doing for their forage crops this spring.
Loading distillers grains into wagon for cattle feed Disruptions caused by COVID-19 grow each day. Volatility in the cattle market was one of the first disruptions, and now with ethanol plant slowing production or shutting down, local availability of corn coproducts may be limited. Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy said making plans now based on current and potential input availability will help producers determine their next steps.
  Please see our COVID-19 page for information on changes to programming by and with Iowa Beef Center, as well as additional information. We'll update as necessary.

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, and at

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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