Dairy webinar to focus on climate predictions

   The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team monthly webinar series continues Jan. 18 with a focus on the climate and weather predictions for the 2023 growing season.

   Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames, will lead the presentation, from noon to 1 p.m. Todey is a native Iowan with his bachelor of science and doctorate degrees from Iowa State University in meteorology and agricultural meteorology.

   He has spent two stints in South Dakota, first completing his master's at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and most recently as associate professor and State Climatologist for South Dakota at South Dakota State University.

   He is well known regionally as a speaker and media source on various climate issues and is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

   “Weather and climate play an important role for both crop and livestock producers, and this is especially true for dairy producers,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

   “The past few years, producers have been faced with the difficult consequences of drought. During this webinar, Dennis Todey will provide timely predictions for the upcoming year, with some analysis of what we are currently experiencing here in Iowa.”

   Producers, dairy consultants and industry reps are encouraged to attend the free webinar live from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 by pre-registering at https://go.iastate.edu/NYRCQK.

   For more information, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach dairy field specialist in your area: in northeast Iowa, it is Jennifer Bentley, 563-382-2949 or jbentley@iastate.edu.





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