Henry County Extension and Outreach will be hosting a gathering of young farmers an April 9 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is a kick-off event for a local peer group of Iowa State University’s Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network. The meeting will be in the lower level of the Henry County Extension Office at 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Dinner will be provided by US Bank followed by a presentation on the Agriculture Act of 2014 and the implications to farmers, facilitated by Ryan Drollette and Charles Brown, ISU farm management specialists. There will also be discussion on the needs of young farmers and available resources. Please RSVP to Henry County Extension at 319-385-8126. The meeting is open to all and invites young farmers from southeast Iowa. There is no charge for the event.
The Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network (BYLPN) is a Strategic Initiative of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Our objective is to develop a network of beginning and young livestock producer peer groups across the state to both educate and mentor. The peer group curricula focuses on both business management and production skills, but also provides mentoring and social networking. Meeting content, tours and scheduling are directed by local participant input. With support from county and state commodity groups there are currently nine peer groups in Iowa focusing on fostering success in the livestock industry. For more information or to express support and interest in the startup of a local peer group, contact Colin Johnson, BYLPN coordinator at 515-291-9287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.