Farm Management

Local Highlights

October 21, 2016

9:30 a.m. at the Hawkeye Community College in Tama Hall Room 102

Northeast Iowa - Agricultural lenders and suppliers, producers and policymakers grow nervous when commodity prices, input costs, farmland values and lease rates become volatile says Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “Add in weather variables and there is plenty of excitement to manage for the 2017 farming year.”

That’s why O’Rourke recommends that producers and agriculture professionals attend a Pro-Ag Outlook Forum on November 17 in Waterloo. $20 per person if pre-registered by calling 234-6811. Walk-in are $25. Read More...

October 12, 2016

Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Each Crop Advantage meeting is approved for recertification for Iowa private pesticide applicators. Applicators must attend the entire meeting to receive recertification credit. The recertification fee for private pesticide applicators is included in meeting registration. Note: Commercial applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 is offered for an additional fee at the Moravia location only.

Continuing Education for Certified Crop Advisers

All locations are approved for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). Credits awarded will depend on workshop sessions attended during the program. Program listings use the following credit designations: CM-crop management, PM-pest management, NM-nutrient management, SW-soil and water. All topics are 1.0 credit.


Please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429, or contact your local Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist

December 14, 2015

New Extension video details decision-making tools that producers can use. The latest in a series of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach videos on crop marketing explores how producers can obtain the best prices for their crops using different storage and pricing strategies. Read more and see Videos!

December 9, 2015

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at ISU Extension and Outreach, 3420 University Avenue, Waterloo. Read more...

A Quick Reference to Black Hawk County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page fore more information.

Cash Rental Rate Survey

Custom Rate Survey

Estimated Costs of Crop Production

Iowa Land Value Survey

Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

Statewide Resources

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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