Farm Management

Local Highlights

January 9, 2015

Clayton County will offer the Private Pesticide Applicator Re-certification course for pesticide applicators on Tuesday, February 24 at the Opera House in Elkader. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., and the course runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Another date in Clayton County  for this continuing education is March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at  Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.

January 22, 2015

The heartbeat of every farm business is the people involved.  This course is designed to empower farm women to better manage both family and non-family partners and employees.  Women will learn effective strategies to manage human resources in the areas of employee laws, business communications, supervision and retention, and health, safety, and well-being.

January 14, 2015

Solar panels have been cropping up all across the Iowa landscape, causing farmers to glance over the fence and wonder if they, too, should be farming the sun. For those curious about installing solar for their farm, home, or business, the Going Solar Workshop will cover tax incentives, payback times, and installation options.

January 5, 2015

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015.

November 5, 2014

Practical Farmers of Iowa announces its winter lineup of interactive online webinars, called “farminars.”  They will occur each Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, starting Nov. 11 through Dec. 23, and are open to everyone.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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