Producers and Iowa Benefit from Forage and Pasture Education
Iowa beef producers have recently been forced to raise more beef from fewer forage acres. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, nearly 20 percent of Iowa pasture land was converted to cropland from 2002 to 2007. High grain prices from 2008 to 2012 have continued or accelerated this trend. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are responding to this need for productivity improvement by offering forage and grazing educational programs.