What is It?
Ag Decision Maker is a decision-oriented agricultural business web site designed for farmers, lenders, farm managers, agriculture instructors, and others. Ag Decision Maker is written by economics and farm management specialists at Iowa State University and other Universities and institutions across the mid-west.
A monthly Newsletter provides analysis and insight into many of the issues facing modern agriculture. All of the Newsletter Articles appearing in Ag Decision Maker since its inception in October of 1996 are available at this site.
Information Files (fact sheets)
Provide a concise written description and explanation of the subject matter. A PDF version of the Information File is also available (preferred format when printing). Some files also include companion tools. An audio and visual presentation of the information is provided in the Voiced Media Presentation. Decision Tools are available to do economic analysis for your individual situation. And Teaching Activities are available for classroom instruction.
Decision Tools (electronic spreadsheets)
are for on-line computation (icon shown at the left). You can enter your own figures into the spreadsheet to conduct an analysis for your individual situation and then save the analysis as a file on your computer.
can be used in the classroom (icon shown at the left). Students can complete the Teaching Activities from information provided in the Information Files and save it as a word file on their computer or send it to their instructor. Many of the Teaching Activities have Answer Keys at a secure location on this web site that provide answers to the Teaching Activities for instructors and others. Contact Ag Decision Maker for the “username” and “password” to access the Answer Keys.
Voiced Media Presentations
provide an audio and visual presentation of the information contained in the corresponding Information File. It can be used in completing the corresponding Decision Tool and/or Teaching Activity. You can view the entire presentation or just a part of the presentation by clicking on the respective slide. To view these presentations, Adobe Flash Player is required.
|AG DECISION MAKER WEB SITE JUDGED OUTSTANDING
Ag Decision Maker, an electronic newsletter and online library of information files, was named the Outstanding Extension Web site for 2009 by the Extension Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Ag Decision Maker covers a wide range of topics in farm management, agricultural marketing, new business development and renewable energy. It is coordinated by ISU Extension economists in the economics department and extension field specialists.
There is a navigation bar to the left of your screen to allow easy access to Ag Decision Maker.
- AgDM by Author -- allows you to find current and past newsletter articles and current information files by author.
- AgDM by Subject Matter -- allows you to find current and past newsletter articles and current information files by subject matter.
The navigation structure provides a detailed listing and quick access to Information Files by Subject Matter.
Alternatively, choose " text-only ".
To view pdf files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
Adobe offers PDF conversion tools for blind and visually impaired users at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html.
To open Adobe Voiced Media presentations, you will need to download Adobe Flash Player.
To print out files:
click within the frame you would like to print - go to "File" - "Print Frame"
Go to File - Print - options: choose from "as laid out on screen" or "only the selected frame" or "all frames individually"
Ag Decision Maker subscriptions are available in printed hardcopy.
A hardcopy subscription to the Ag Decision Maker Handbook includes the following:
- Handbook -- A handbook filled with over (150 files) 430 pages of ag business information.
- Newsletter -- A one year subscription to the six-page, monthly newsletter
- Handbook Updates -- Update of out-of-date handbook files (included with monthly newsletter). Over 100 pages of material are updated throughout the year.
The initial cost of Ag Decision Maker is $150 plus $10 for shipping and handling (includes handbook and one year subscription to newsletter and handbook updates). The subscription rate for subsequent years is $100 a year (includes newsletter and handbook updates).
If you have any questions, please contact one of us below.
For subject matter questions
contact a farm management field specialist
Unless stated otherwise, permission is granted to reproduce the materials contained in the Ag Decision Maker hardcopy and electronic versions. Reproduction via copy machine or other copy technology is permissible. Also, the material can be reproduced in newsletters and other distribution methods. The content cannot be altered and Ag Decision Maker must be clearly identified as the source. Also, the appropriate author and his/her organization must be properly credited.
If the materials are reproduced in a newsletter, magazine, web site or other method of distribution, please notify Ag Decision Maker (firstname.lastname@example.org). This notification is for informational purposes to track the usage of Ag Decision Maker materials. If possible, include the distribution statistics of the magazine, newsletter, etc.