Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting is March 14 in Welton


Cattle grazing in an alfalfa field.

Cattle grazing alfalfa.


VINTON, Iowa – All hay producers in the region are invited to attend the 39th annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting and Conference on March 14 at Buzzy’s bar and grill, 414 Main St., Welton. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s program will feature two new Iowa State University staff, Dr. Shelby Gruss, assistant professor in forage extension, and Madelynn Wuestenberg, ISU extension specialist. Dr. Gruss will present data on alfalfa cutting height and longevity, and Wuestenberg will present on the weather outlook for the 2024 growing season. ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab will discuss steps to stretch the hay supply, and ISU extension field agronomist Virgil Schmitt will discuss weather outlook implications for planting and managing forages and row crops.

Following lunch there will be a brief annual meeting to elect officers and directors.  A drawing for prizes will be held at the end of the day.

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes the noon meal and EIHPA membership. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Certified crop advisor credits are also available.  This conference is sponsored by EIHPA, Iowa State Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Beef Center.

EIHPA provides educational workshops and field days for forage producers in Jackson, Jones, Clinton, Cedar, Scott and Muscatine counties. However, forage producers from other counties are also welcome to participate.  For more information contact Kevin Brown at brownfarm10@gmail.com or 563-872-4475.


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 www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, 319-472-4739, dschwab@iastate.edu


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