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MILFORD—In response to high levels of personal and financial farm stress, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is offering three “Farm Couple Getaways” across Iowa, with one location in northwest Iowa.

The program is for farm couples wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal setting or farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues as a couple.

The local getaway will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, 1864 Highway 86, Milford.

The getaway will run 12:30 p.m. Friday-3:15 p.m. Saturday.

There is no cost to attend, as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsorships; however, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

“Past Farm Couple Getaways have proven to be beneficial to farm couples,” said Larry Tranel, ISU Extension dairy specialist. “They are a productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful.”

Each getaway will consist of 10 farm couples and the Extension facilitators.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, due two weeks before each session.

The registration brochure and more information are available at, by contacting a county ISU Extension and Outreach office or through northwest Iowa dairy specialist Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or

The Farm Couple Getaways statewide gold sponsor is the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Additional northwest Iowa sponsors include AMPI, Iowa Corn, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA), American State Bank, Van Zee Enterprises Inc. and Agropur.