Farm Management

Local Highlights

February 11, 2016

The meeting is FREE and open to the public. The program will be held at the Borlaug Learning Center on the ISU Northeast Research Farm. Directions: From Nashua at the Jct of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm. For more information about the event, call Terry Basol at 641-426-6801. Read MORE...

February 9, 2016

Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College • 8:30 AM Registration • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Conference
Keynote Speaker: Doug Tillett VP of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Register Here.
$20 per person, includes light breakfast, lunch and coffee throughout the day. Questions call ISU Extension 319-234-6811

February 1, 2016

Six Educational Sessions to be Offered During Hawkeye Farm Show. “Participating in the educational seminars and visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach booth will provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest in agricultural practices that can be used to improve the efficiency of their operations,” said Bill Arndorfer, ISU Extension and Outreach regional director. Read more...

December 23, 2015

Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to meet certification requirements for manure handling and land application. Certification requirements include attending two hours of annual training for each year of the three-year license or to take and pass a certification exam once every three years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the opportunity to attend annual training via a series of statewide workshops or by watching the training DVDs during monthly scheduled dates and times. Black Hawk Counties workshop will be Feb. 23 at the Dike Public Library. 1:30pm, no charge. View other workshops in Iowa.

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!

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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