Farm Management

Local Highlights

July 27, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at the Animal Rescure League of Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines. The theme for this year’s conference is “Population Health – Growing in Rural Iowa”. The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (invited). IRHA Member $60.00. Non-Member $80.00. Register before Sept. 2 to avoid $15 late fee. Click here to regisiter on paper. Or On-line.

December 11, 2014

Small family farms make up 80% of all farms in Iowa! Here are some helpful resources from Iowa State Extension! Acreage Living E-Newsletter SIGN UP,  AND Small Farm Sustainability Website.

October 24, 2014

Farmers needing assistance getting registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) please download this document. (PDF)

September 23, 2015

Black Hawk Extension Office will host the 2016 Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon.  For more info please go here. Or call the office at 319-234-6811.

May 26, 2015

Young farmers who depend on pasture to support their livestock operation will benefit from attending the Grassroots Grazing program.  This three part program includes pasture walks at three different sites throughout the summer and will address setting livestock enterprise goals, selecting an appropriate grazing system, developing pasture improvement plans, managing grass height, results of adequate rest, fencing, watering, weed management and extending grazing. 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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