Farm Management Resources

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Ag Decision Maker (AgDM)

Ag Decision Maker is an agricultural economics and business website providing information, resources and decision tools for farmers, lenders, farm managers, agriculture instructors and others.

Crop Decisions - Resources to help with: yields, profitability, government programs, crop insurance, grain storage and handling, crop marketing, prices, machinery management, specialty crops and more!

Livestock Decisions - Resources to help with: budgets, records, profitability, insurance, government programs, marketing tools, market plans, prices, profitability, facilities and much more!

Whole Farm Decisions - Resources to help with: budgeting, profitability, rental rates, lease agreements, cash rent, farmland value, corn suitability ratings, tillage,  recordkeeping, employee labor, skill development, legal issues, estate planning, transition planning, specialty production and more!

Business Development Decisions - Resources to help with: business plans, feasibility, contracts and agreements, business structure, direct marketing and promotion, capital budgeting, investments, economics and much more!


Beginning Farmer Center

The Beginning Farmer Center coordinates education programs and services for beginning farmer efforts statewide, assess needs of beginning farmers and retiring farmers, develops, coordinates, and delivers targeted education to beginning and retiring farm families and provides programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health and the environment.


Value Added Agriculture

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier.


Small Farm Sustainability

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program in Small Farm Sustainability exists to open the door to relationships and resources relevant to the pursuit of sustainability for Iowa’s smaller-scale, entrepreneurial farm enterprises. By sharing science-based information, providing program leadership, and facilitating collaboration, we will promote planning and profit potential in specialty ag ventures that tend to increase stewardship, diversity, and resilience on the Iowa farmscape.


Women In Agriculture

The mission of the Women in Agriculture program is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs that expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management, and support the community of women in agriculture. 


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