Farm Management

Local Highlights

May 31, 2016

To celebrate June Dairy Month, dairy farmers across western Iowa are inviting the public to a family-friendly event at Maassen Dairy near Maurice. The 9th annual event will include a dairy farm tour, free food and kids’ activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Visitors will tour Maassen Dairy, including opportunities to see where cows are milked, where they are housed and fed, and learn about the role of milk and dairy products in a healthy diet. Veterinarians, dairy nutritionists, dairy farmers and other experts will be available to answer questions. 

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.

May 10, 2016

Gary Wright, an Iowa State alumnus with extensive experience in agricultural finance and production, has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team as a farm management specialist, the university announced today.

May 5, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of the upcoming Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days. Each field day is scheudled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last 1 hour. Pre-registration is encouraged. 

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.

"Field & Feedlot" Cherokee County Pages
Click here to view current & past issues of the Cherokee County portion of the newsletter.

"Field & Feedlot" Newsletters
Click here to view current & past issues.

2011 Iowa Land Value Survey
Released 12/14/11.  Includes survey results, charts, historical data
 
Farmland Value Survey with accompanying Excel spreadsheet to compare the economic and financial impacts of purchasing a parcel of farmland. 

Cash Rental Rates for Iowa - 2012 Survey

2012 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey 
   Fuel Required for Field Operations, PM 709

2010 Iowa Farm Costs & Returns

Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2012
   Excel spreadsheets for use in developing budgets

Trend-Ajusted Actual Production History (APH)
This new feature has been approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation starting in the 2012 crop year.

Ag Decision Maker
Information and analysis tools to help you find solutions to many of the business, economic, and financial decisions facing farmers and agribusinesses

Ag Marketing Resource Center National resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture

Iowa Agricultural Statistics

USDA Census of Agriculture

Economic Research Service State Fact Sheets (USDA)
State fact sheets provide information on farm characteristics and farm financial indicators for each state in the United States

ReCAP-Regional Capacity Analysis Program
Detailed agricultural statistics by Iowa county

Agricultural Data for Decision Makers 
(Cherokee County)

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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