Farm Management

Local Highlights

February 26, 2015

Monday, Jan. 26th from 6 to 8pm at Hawkeye College. (No charge to attend, please call 319-234-6811 for reverse a space.) This informative meeting will help farmers and landowners understand their options under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill). Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage will be explained. Farmland owners and operators will be making base acreage and yield update decisions; and making a one-time election for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs.
Join ISU Extension Farm Management Specialists and staff from USDA FSA to go over some of the new farm bill provisions, discuss ARC and PLC options and to hear about the decisions to be made in the coming months. Participation is welcome for farm operators and landlords regardless of their county of operation.

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.

November 25, 2014

At Hawkeye College, Tama Hall. Registration opens at 8:15am, Program runs 9:00am to 4:30pm. Each year over 2,000 producers participate in a regional Crop Advantage meeting to hear updates on crop, pest and nutrient management, farm business topics, soil and water quality, and so much more. $50 if registered by Jan. 14,  after Jan. 14 $60.  Register Here. Read more...

October 24, 2014

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

December 15, 2014

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training Jan. 6, 2015, to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at Black Hawk County Office and other offices in Iowa. Call 319-234-6811 to registar for Black Hawk County. Free by must register by Dec. 30th.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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