Farm Management

Local Highlights

October 19, 2016

As harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders and suppliers are planning ahead for next year.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers valuable and updated information key to best-outcome 2017 operating decisions.  The three-hour forum topics will include:  grain price outlook and global factors to watch; livestock prices and margins; and farmland operation margins, outlook and trends.  On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:30am at the Spencer School Administration Building.  Call 712-262-2264 to pre-register, cost is $20/person, or $25/person at the door.

July 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association want to help you prepare for the new VFD requirements.  Livestock producers, veterinarians and feed industry representatives are invited to attend any of the upcoming meetings:  Emmetsburg-Aug. 22, Orange City-Aug. 23, and Storm Lake-Aug. 23.  Meetings are free of charge, please see flyer for RSVP.

July 7, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Clay County Farm Service Agency will hold an informational meeting on July 22 in Spencer.  The meeting will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Clay County Extension office in Spencer.  The address is 110 West Fourth Street in Spencer, Iowa.

June 17, 2016

Coming to Spencer on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00pm at the 4-H Auditorium, Clay County Fairgrounds.  Please call 262-2264 or e-mail for more information or to register.

March 1, 2016

Palo Alto and Clay County Extension and Outreach is hosting an informational meeting regarding wind turbine contracts on Tuesday, March 15th from 10am to 12pm at the VFW in Emmetsburg, and 2pm to 4pm at The Spencer School Administration Building in Spencer.  Please call the Extension office to register at 712-852-2865 (Emmetsburg) or 712-262-2264 (Spencer).

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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