Two Iowa State University Projects Receive Funding Through National Risk Management Education Program

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AMES, Iowa -- Two Iowa State University projects were among 17 recently awarded funding through the 2018 North Central Extension Risk Management Education Program. Both of these projects are coordinated by Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialists, and will involve working with producers in specifically identified project and geographical areas. This is the 17th straight year for grants through the NCERM program which is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics and Nebraska Extension.

Beef specialist Denise Schwab is the project director for “Fall Grazed Cover Crops - Balancing Feed Cost and Weather Risk” and beef specialist Patrick Wall will lead the “’Iowa Cowmaker Elite’ Bred Heifer Development Risk Management Project.”

“As part of the fall grazed cover crops project, we’ll be interviewing beef producers who have successfully grazed cover crops in the fall to identify the best management practices that impact success for early fall growth and grazing,” Schwab said. “We also will host several tours of farms grazing fall cover crops in November and December.”

Wall said the Iowa Cowmaker Elite project is focused on helping producers best develop replacement heifers.

“We will host workshops this fall on developing replacement heifers for success and longevity and coordinating a database of participating producers,” he said. “We’ll also be assisting producers in collecting key data for heifer management.”

The grant project year began April 1 and will end Sept. 30, 2019. Iowa cattle producers interested in more information on either of these projects can contact Schwab at or Wall at for details. 

This RME program funds grants for projects that educate farmers and ranchers with tools necessary to address uncertainties in farm income and managing risk. Funding decisions are made by an advisory council of peers in the agricultural risk management field.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Denise Schwab, ISU Extension beef specialist, 319-721-9624,
Patrick Wall, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 515-450-7665,



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