Machinery and Labor Sharing Arrangements

Case studies about successful intergenerational transfers of farm assets that used machinery and labor sharing arrangements are being developed. One case study is about a diversified farming operation which includes cattle feeding, farrow-to-finish hogs, and corn and soybean production. Three families involved in the farming operation. The other case study is about a corn and soybean farm that also has a custom farming enterprise. Two families are involved. Workshops are being conducted in Iowa about the use of machinery and labor sharing arrangements as a strategy for intergenerational transfer of farm assets.

Sponsors: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Collaborators: Grundy National Bank and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Producer Survey on Biomass Production for Biofuels

When evaluating biomass market opportunities, several factors are important to producers. Direct data or modeling systems are currently not available to assist producers evaluating these factors or alternative biomass marketing systems. The project is surveying Iowa producers to develop rigorous constructs defining essential elements for producer participation in biomass markets.

Sponsor: Biobased Industry Center

CoopMetrics Benchmarking Program

The creation of Farm Supply – CoopMetrics Benchmarking offers farm supply and grain elevator cooperatives a method to compare themselves with other cooperatives in the industry. A joint effort by the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives, CoopMetrics, and the Iowa Alliance for Cooperative Business Development at Iowa State University developed and currently markets the program. For more information about Farm Supply – CoopMetrics Benchmarking, contact the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives at (515)292-2667 or

Worker Cooperatives

A literature review of employee ownership is being conducted, focusing on worker cooperatives as a method of business and job retention in rural communities.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture