Business & Industry

Local Highlights

May 10, 2016

For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. After 15 consecutive years of rental price increases (1998-2012), prices have now gone down for three straight years.

April 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Cherokee County is offering a food safety training for food service managers on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee. The program is based on the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe™ certification program and the Iowa Food Code. The class is beneficial for a variety of foodservice managers, such as those from schools, restaurants, convenience stores, child care, senior meal sites, and health care. 

February 24, 2016

Swine facility managers can determine the approximate level of energy that should be used to both heat swine in the winter and keep them cool in warmer months using benchmarks in a new extension publication.

February 24, 2016

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase

Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • 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.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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