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Looking Toward the Future in Iowa Agriculture and Natural Resources. Participant Handout. ANR Extension is …. Two colleges College of Agriculture Eleven Departments College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine. ANR Extension is ….
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There are opportunities to increase market share of existing enterprises and develop new markets, products, and processes.
New cropping, harvest and transportation systems, and new conversion facilities will need to be created.
New skills are needed to assist producers sell directly to consumers.
Need for feasibility studies, business plan development, and production and marketing assistance.
Working together we can influence trends by creating new opportunities and exploring policy alternatives.
Form local task forces to identify local expertise and resources available to support entrepreneurial activities.
Survey needs of local entrepreneurs, assess gaps, and sponsor training and coaching initiatives.
Programs are needed to serve the changing demographics of Iowa.
Help farmers manage systems is one way to address urban concerns.
Iowans have a strong connection to their farming roots which provides opportunities for new rural/urban relationships.
Regional diversity will dictate natural resource management priorities.
Third party food management systems can reduce production costs and are increasingly preferred by food supply chains.
African American = 31, and Asian & Pacific Islander = 27.
Non-traditional educational methods and materials are required to serve new audiences and Iowans.
Leadership education needs to focus on applying
leadership principles to real-life problems and challenges.
1. What are the most important issues or opportunities in our county affecting agriculture and natural resources?
2. Which needs should Extension focus on to be of most help in developing a strong agriculture and utilizing the natural resources base in this county?