For the first time in four years, the Farm Progress Show will once again be held in Iowa, and specialists at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are excited to have it back.
The 2020 show was scheduled for Iowa but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISU Extension exhibit will span nearly 6,000 square feet and showcase the latest advancements in agricultural research and technology.
“The show is a place to show off what Iowa State does in research and extension and the great people we have at our college,” says Kendall Lamkey, chair of the Department of Agronomy at the ISU and co-president of the university. planning committee.
Lamkey will be at the show for all three days, August 30-September 1, helping answer questions about agronomy, growing season and anything else that growers are concerned about. The ISU Extension will have staff and displays covering nine key content areas: Water Quality, Weeds, Plant Health, Digital Agriculture, Farmland Ownership Trends, Weather and Climate, Monarchs, Carbon, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“The Farm Progress Show is one of my favorite outreach events throughout the year,” says Lamkey. “We try to make our displays interactive and educational – and the best part is that we have knowledgeable staff on the ground, interacting with people face to face.”
Lamkey says the ISU Extension planning committee is trying to select topics that people will be concerned about, and with so much change in agriculture in recent years, there will be plenty to discuss. Prices for commodities and farm inputs have all increased significantly, as have farmland values and cash rents. Farmers also face ongoing challenges related to supply chain issues and weather and climate events.
One of the new exhibits will be the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. Conducted annually by UIS sociologists, the survey measures rural perspectives on agriculture and issues important to farmers. This posting will also feature results from a recent farmland ownership survey, which will show how much Iowa farmland is rented versus owned, and the demographics of who actually owns farmland in Iowa. Iowa.
“A lot of people don’t understand how farmland in Iowa is actually owned and the impact that can have on how the land is farmed,” Lamkey says.
Also new this year, Iowans will be able to learn more about the Iowa Environmental Mesonet – a weather and climate tool that helps farmers track soil temperature in their county, as well as rainfall and humidity in the floor. Traditional exhibits such as the Weed, Plant Health and Monarch exhibits will give visitors the chance to test their skills in identifying common weeds and insects, and how to control them.
A team of carbon market specialists will provide updates on carbon credit markets, contracts and farming practices, which can help mitigate and sequester carbon. The team will also provide copies of recent Extension publications related to carbon markets; the publications detail what is known so far and what is still being explored.
Nice to come back
“We are thrilled to have the Farm Progress Show back this year,” says Jay Harmon, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of agriculture and natural resources with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Extension is in the people business, and we strive to have a positive impact on Iowa through our relationship with farmers to help them make key decisions – not just for profitability, but for the environment, labor issues and technology selection, all of which are important to the state.”
Show director Matt Jungmann said holding the show in Iowa was a bit of a homecoming for himself and several of his ISU-educated employees. Jungmann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from ISU in 1997.
“Several of our Farm Progress Show team members are Iowa State alumni, so we’re always happy to come home and see such a great exhibit,” he says. “It’s educational and informative, and a great representation of what Extension is doing across the state and beyond.”
Kick writes for Iowa State University Extension.