Farm Management

Local Highlights

May 21, 2015

Bring your refurbished pre-1980’s tractors to the fair to share the restoration and legacy of your tractor! Tractors will be securely held in Estel Hall at the National Cattle Congress grounds from July 21-26. Only the first 15 entries will be accepted for exhibition. Contact Fairboard President, Bart Samuelson, for more information and registration (319)231-5380.

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)

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...

April 28, 2015

Teaching children how to take responsibility for their own safety is the subject of Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at Dunkerton Elementary School, Dunkerton, Iowa, on Friday, May 1. Hosting the event are Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Black Hawk County Farm Bureau in conjunction with Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Special Thanks to Black Hawk Farm Bureau Woman for preparing the goodies bags! See the day in picutures here!

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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