Farm Management

Local Highlights

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September 14, 2016

The Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network, organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is a statewide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-career agricultural producers.

Joel DeJong
June 13, 2016

Corn growth and development – I see that many cornfields are starting to approach the V-6 (six collar) stage of growth. According to the ISU publication titled “Corn Growth and Development,” at V-6 we have initiated growth for all the leaves, the tassel, and ear shoots, although many aren’t visible without a microscope. Full ear potential isn’t completed yet – but we have a start!

Beef Cattle
March 21, 2016

Please join us for a Farmer's Coffee to enjoy hot coffee and refreshments, and to catch up on the latest ag news.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Chris CLark will be presenting on "Alternative Management Systems for Beef Cattle."

crops
March 21, 2016

Topics will include crop marketing and calculating cost of production.  The information and discussion will be beneficial to all agricultural producers, and beginning farmers are specifically encouraged to attend.

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March 3, 2016

Testing dates now available for February and March.

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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