Farm Management

Local Highlights

January 17, 2017

Farm and agribusiness women are invited to attend one or both of the upcoming ‘Farm Transition and Estate Planning’ and ‘Farm Health and Safety Concerns’ educational evenings hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Cherokee. 

February 13, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.

February 1, 2017

The Northwest Iowa Young and Beginning Farmer Group will meet Feb. 27 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Sioux County office in Orange City. Topic for the gathering will be the 2017 Farm Outlook, and its impacts on beginning farmers. Dr. Chad Hart, Extension Economist with ISU, will lead the discussion, as well as a question-and-answer session. 

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

September 22, 2016

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach visited the families to inform them of a special connection they have to Iowa's land grant university, and introduce them to the project.

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

"Field & Feedlot" Newsletters
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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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