Farm Management

Local Highlights

January 19, 2016

The inaugural Iowa Small Farms Conference is scheduled for February 13, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. 

“The Iowa Small Farms Conference will be a great event for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities on their small farm or acreage,” said Christa Hartsook, small farms program coordinator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “With a wide variety of educational options, attendees can get the most out of their day by customizing the conference to fit their specific needs and interests.”

December 16, 2015

When Iowa farmers believe the benefits of planting cover crops outweigh the risks, they’re more likely to adopt this practice, new Iowa State University research shows.

December 15, 2015

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre — having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year’s survey.

December 15, 2015

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre — having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year’s survey.

December 15, 2015

Farmers need to exercise caution when it comes to herbicide selection if they intend to graze or harvest a cover crop.

Ag Resources:

Publications:

Latest Iowa Farm Outlook & News

FM 1698 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey

FM 1851 Cash Rental Rate Survey

FM 1838 Iowa Farm Building Rental Rate Survey

FM 1712 Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa

FM 1825 2014 Iowa Farmland Value Survey

FM 1874 Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

NCFMEC-01A - Cash Lease Form (New)

FM 1564 Improving Your Farm Lease Contract

NCFMEC-01 Fixed and Flexible Cash Lease Arrangements

 

 

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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