Farming for the Future Conference

Doing Things Right: Farming for the Future Conference LogoOpportunities to Expand the Cow Herd


The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers has seen an increased interest from farmers in placing cows under roof. Whether it’s due to a lack of available pasture, a way to grow the herd without acquiring additional land or protection from inclement weather, farmers are wanting to learn more about this option and if it’s feasible for their farm.  This year’s conference provided participants with the opportunity to hear firsthand from cattle farmers that are calving under roof and help them determine if this option is right for them.

Experts and cow-calf producers alike concluded that while there are many advantages to calving under roof, this system requires an intensive management system that may not be the right fit for every livestock farm. Farmers that attended had an opportunity to learn about the economics of calving under roof, outline strategies to reduce feed costs, discuss cattle health considerations and participate in virtual tours of existing calving barns from the presentations and video below.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers works beside Iowa farm families as they make important management decisions about growing the farm which may include calving under roof.  If you have questions about opportunities in raising livestock, give the Coalition a call for a no-cost and completely confidential farm visit.

Presentations from the 2022 event can be downloaded below.


2022 Conference Presentations


Market Drivers for Iowa Livestock Producers
Sam Funk, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
A look at the crop and livestock supply and demand and what it could potentially mean for commodity prices in the future.

Rules and Regulations Update
Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers
Overview of the environmental rules and regulations that must be considered when starting or growing a livestock farm.

The EQIP Program
Dexter Yaddof, Clarke County NRCS
A step-by-step explanation of how to apply for EQIP funding for your livestock project.

Beginning Farmer Loan & Tax Credit Program
Steve Ferguson, Iowa Finance Authority
Learn about the application process for obtaining a loan and how you may be eligible to receive tax credits when renting ground or facilities to beginning farmers.

Nutrition Management
Aaron Inman, Central Plains Milling
An explanation of feed sourcing and cost, the importance of feeding a balanced ration and feed additives to utilize to improve feed efficiency.

Supporting the Pontier Family

When Ryan and Chad Pontier from Osceola wanted to diversify their operation through calving under roof, they called on the Coalition to help. By utilizing our services early on, the Pontiers remained in compliance with state and federal regulations. Check out their new Accu-Steel Integrity barn.