Farm Management

Local Highlights

Crop Advantage
December 18, 2014

The Crop Advantage Series Meeting at NIACC in Mason City will be held on January 8, 2015. Registration opens at 8:30 am with the first workshop starting at 9:00 am. Cost is $50 – early registration, $60 – after midnight, December 31 or at the door. Registration includes lunch, refreshments, a copy of the proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.

Crop Clinic
December 11, 2014

The Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach Corn & Soybean Clinic - 2015 will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave. N., Clear Lake. Matt Darr, ISU Extension Biosystems Ag Engineer and Kelvin Liebold, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist will be featured speakers. Please call Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 to sign up for an educational program and a FREE LUNCH!

Farm bill
December 11, 2014

Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and operators reviewing options under the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill. Farmland owners and operators must make decisions on base acre and yield updates along with choosing an Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage commodity program. Farm Bill Meetings with Barry Terhark of Cerro Gordo County FSA will be held at Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach, 2023 S. Federal Ave., Mason City on January 14 and 28, 2015, 1:30-4 pm.

WLL
November 18, 2014

Women, Land and Legacy met on November 13, 5:30-8:00 pm, 4-H Learning Center, North Iowa Events Center, Mason City. The program topic was "Soil, Slopes and Glaciers-Fred Greder Talks Dirt." Women, Land and Legacy discussion meetings offer presentations and discussion on topics that are a concern of women involved in farming. Everyone is invited to come. Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for discussion topics by calling Cerro Gordo County Extension, 641-423-0844.

PME
October 10, 2014

Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Training information, Cerro Gordo County Extension. For pesticide testing in Mason City at NIACC, call Gary Show at 641-422-4266.

Farm Management Resources:

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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 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.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • 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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