Farm Management

Local Highlights

November 29, 2016

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisors to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own backyard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-Jan. 27, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification. 

November 17, 2016

Area sheep producers are invited to come learn about new research in sheep nutrition and how the Veterinary Feed Directive will affect them at the Feeding Ewes and Feedlot Lambs meeting on Dec. 13 at the Pizza Ranch in Sheldon, IA. The meeting will start with a buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by a short business meeting conducted by Shane Kirschten, president of the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers Association.  

November 17, 2016

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving the return from their enterprise are invited to a strategy-focused workshop hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mapleton on Wednesday, Dec. 14. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Beth Doran said this meeting is the first in a statewide series set for this winter, and will include a variety of topics that relate to feeding and marketing.

November 15, 2016

Young dairy farmers seeking to improve the production of their cows and fine-tune their dairy business are invited to participate in the winter Dairy Start to Farm series. Sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College in Sioux Center. The purpose of the Dairy Start to Farm series is to give young dairy farmers who are within their first 10 to 12 years of farming the opportunity to share ideas and learn about new resources available to them. 

PPAT
September 1, 2016

Attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20. You need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. See full details here.

"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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