Ann Johanns
Department of Economics

641-732-5574
aholste@iastate.edu

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Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and operators reviewing options under the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill. Farmland owners and operators must make decisions on base acre and yield updates along with choosing an Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage commodity program.

Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator. Contact Iowa Concern Hotline to talk or chat online with stress counselors, seek out legal education and other appropriate resources.

Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at informational meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members. Meetings will be held across the state to explain options available under the new Farm Bill.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides several resources to help farmland owners and operators make a one-time election of a commodity program from 2014-18 connected with the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering farm leasing meetings throughout Iowa during July and August. The three-hour workshops focus on issues related to land values and rental rates,  Iowa’s Water Quality Initiative, and the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999. The cash rental rates survey results are available in the ISU Extension and Outreach publication Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2014 Survey.

The 2014 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey followed the recent trend of small, but consistent increases in rates each year. The survey is available at your county extension office, from the Extension Online Store or on the Ag Decision Maker website.

An ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team has developed two programs to help producers manage changes in the financial climate and learn how to protect their financial bottom line during years of negative returns.

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks.

A news conference to announce the results of the 2013 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by Iowa State University is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.