Tag: 072215

Farmland Leasing, Land Values Workshop Offered

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented. In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land.
In Northeast Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates.
A workshop will be held on Monday, August 10 in Independence at Heartland Acres Center at 1:30 PM (call 319-334-7161 to register – sponsored by BankIowa, no fee) or in Waterloo on Thursday, August 13 at Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall, Room 102 at 1:30 PM (call 319-234-6811 to register).
Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist will present a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing. O’Rourke is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in working with farm, ranch and agribusiness interests.
“Year after year, I receive numerous contacts from persons who have questions about farmland values and rental rates,” says O’Rourke.
“The interest in and conversations about farm leasing arrangements continues to grow, and 2015 is no different,” O’Rourke noted. “We always have good attendance and discussion at these meetings.”
“Due to the volatility of land and commodity markets, we have seen had increased inquiries regarding flexible cash lease methodologies,” says O’Rourke. “There are dozens of methods for putting together flexible cash lease arrangements, and we will work through several examples.”
O’Rourke also noted is the increasing age of farmland owners. “ISU Extension research indicates that the average age of farmland owners continues to rise,” stated O’Rourke. “Fifty-five percent of Iowa’s farmland is owned by people over the age of 65, while 28 percent of the land is owned by individuals over age 75. We find that children and surviving spouses may be less likely to continue operating the farm themselves. That’s a major reason why farmland leasing continues to increase.”
O’Rourke encourages anyone with an interest in farmland rental rates to attend these meetings. “Both farmland owners and producer-tenants should attend. In fact, the ideal situation is for these folks to attend together and then sit down at the kitchen table to discuss their farm lease arrangements for the coming year.”
Workshop attendees will receive a comprehensive workbook packed with information about land values, leasing and different types of farm lease arrangements. A registration fee of $20 per person is charged to cover costs and includes the 90-page workbook. Pre-registration is preferred by calling the local County Extension hosting the meeting. Walk-ins may attend for a $25 fee at the door.
More information about this and other farmland leasing meetings in Iowa can be found at ISU Extension’s Ag Decision Maker website: www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm

Wil Groves: Outstanding Iowa 4-H Leader

The Successful Farming/Loren Kruse Outstanding Iowa 4-H Leader award is presented each year to an adult volunteer who has encouraged, challenged, and inspired Iowa 4-H members to achieve at their fullest potential. This year’s recipient is Wilfred “Wil” Groves, III, of Jewell, Iowa. Groves is a past 4-H leader of the Freedom Warriors 4-H Club and has served 4-H as a volunteer leader in Hamilton County for over 35 years.
Award nominations are made by current or past 4-H members. Groves was nominated by a former 4-H club member, Lee Ryherd. In his nomination, Ryherd said, “I was fortunate to have a project leader like Wil when I was starting. His enthusiasm, excitement, and knowledge helped make learning a new skill enjoyable.”
Groves used creative ideas to motivate his club members to learn new things. Recognizing that communication was an important life skill for them to learn, Groves issued a challenge. If the club had 100 percent of the membership participate in the county communications competition, Groves would take the club roller-skating, and he would skate in his long red underwear. The club accepted the challenge, and it was a memory that his 4-H’ers will never forget.
“Wil is a volunteer that our 4-H’ers always remember,” said Cheryll Entriken, Hamilton County Extension Youth Coordinator. “That’s because of the time he invests in their growth and success.”
Groves has been previously honored as a Hamilton County Alumni Leader and an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. He is active in his local church and stays involved in his community as a member of the Hospital Board, Friends of the Library, and member of both the Community Chorus and Band where he plays the tuba.
The award was established by Meredith Corporation and the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation through the Iowa 4-H Foundation in honor of Loren Kruse’s retirement as editor-in-chief of Successful Farming magazine.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – July 22, 2015

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
EJ is a sweet little tiger-striped kitten who has been a foster home, but is now ready for his forever home! We think EJ is about 10 weeks old. He is curious and playful, and is sure to bring joy to any family. EJ is current on vaccinations, FELUK tested, microchipped, and started on flea/tick prevention.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com – www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Small Museum Group to Meet at LPC Museum

Brooke Miller, Social Media Manager and Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager, of the Iowa Tourism Office will be guest speakers at the Small Museum Group (SMUG) meeting on Monday, July 27 at the FFA Historical and Ag Museum, 408 Main Street in La Porte City. Miller and Zeigler’s topic will be “Maximizing your Digital Work Through your Website and Social Media.”
All museum personnel and volunteers are invited to attend the SMUG meeting, which will begin at 9:30 AM with registration and networking. A $15 registration includes a noon lunch. The meeting begins at 10 AM. Reservations can be made by contacting Jan Erdahl at 342-3619 or FFAMuseum@lpctel.net.
The FFA Historical and Ag Museum was founded in 1970 by the La Porte City FFA Chapter and located the city’s historical fire station and jailhouse on Chestnut Street. The building was granted status as a National Historic Site in 1976 and given to La Porte City. In 2001, the city purchased a building on Main Street and after renovations, it is now the main home of the Museum with more than 8,000 square feet of display space for exhibits that are changed yearly.
In 2015, the Museum will complete the Rural Iowa Heritage Center at 413 Chestnut Street. The site features an 1862 log cabin as well as the historical fire station and jailhouse. It is dedicated to celebrating 1800’s life in rural Iowa. The Museum continues to earn a reputation for educational and innovative exhibits that are designed for guests of all ages. More information can be found on the museum’s website at www.lpcmuseum.com .
The Small Museum Group a committee of the Iowa Museum Association, was organized ten years ago with the purpose of helping meet the needs of small-budgeted museums in Iowa. Co-chairs of the organization are Saundra Clem Leininger of the French Icarian Village at Corning and Angela Beeken of the Des Moines County Heritage Center Museum at Burlington. Meetings are held three times a year, one in each tourism region.

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 22, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
The library is having a cookie and bar fundraiser during RAGBRAI on Thursday, July 23. Please help us by donating chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, rice crispy bars, or brownies. Your support of the library is always appreciated.
The Incredibles shows on Wednesday, July 22, at 1:15 PM. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, is forced into action to save the world.
Due to the Ragbrai event, Hawkins Handcrafters will not meet on Thursday, July 23. Please join us on Thursday, August 13.
Summer Reading Program crafts are Friday, July 24, from 1 to 5 PM. Make and take thumbprint pictures, scratch figures, Ironman puppets, police badges and more.
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, is the July Book Club selection. The Book Club meets for this discussion on Monday, July 27, at 1 PM.
The final Summer Reading Program is Retrieving Freedom on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 PM. This group prepares service dogs for placement with veterans, diabetics, and children with autism. Meet, read to, and learn how dogs are trained by Retrieving Freedom, Inc. Sign up to read to a dog between 4 and 6 PM.
The Tale of Despereaux is the movie at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, July 29. This is the tale of three unlikely heroes – a misfit mouse, an unhappy rat, and a bumbling servant girl – whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess.
Superheroes in Science returns on Thursday, July 30, with a hands-on aerospace engineer program where kids make rockets and catapults. Join this free and fun learning session presented by the Black Hawk Co. Extension Service. Sessions are from 1-2 PM for 2nd grade and younger, and 2:30-3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade.
Kids can be creative making superhero projects between 1 and 5 PM on Friday July 31.


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