At a time when Iowa livestock producers continue to grapple with the tough economy, Iowa State University Extension wants to make it easier for producers to find ISU educational resources they need.

"We want livestock producers to easily find ISU people and information that can help them work through year-end financial issues and develop financial plans for next year," says John Lawrence, ISU Extension livestock economist. "We know many producers are feeling financial and emotional stress, so we have placed our materials on one Web page for their convenience."

The new Web page, "Managing Financial Tough Times for Livestock Producers," at, has materials organized on seven sub-pages. They are--Iowa Concern; Ag Decision Maker; Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation; financial management tools specific to beef, dairy and pork producers; and tips to help parents talk to kids about the financial situation. It includes ISU Extension hotlines, spreadsheets, contacts, and information files specific to your livestock species.

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