Business & Industry

Local Highlights

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July 25, 2016

Iowa’s annual Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5-6. This annual event, in which no sales tax is charged on clothing and footwear items priced under $100, is now fairly routine, but that does not mean that consumers are well-prepared, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read on...

July 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Master Gardener Program is sponsoring a 3-part series of information on shade landscapes, tree problems, and native garden insects. Take a look at our Gardeing Webinar Series Flier for local webinar details.

Field Day Flier
July 25, 2016

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Clean Water Alliance and Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a soil health and cover crop field day near Lake Park on Wednesday, August 10. The 5:00-7:30 p.m. event hosted by Jared and Mary Herbert is free and open to the public. It will begin with a complimentary dinner. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu. See the Field Day Flier for details.

VFD Flier
July 22, 2016

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will affect production of all meat and dairy animals. Join us for a FREE educational session on the Veterinary Feed Directive. 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.

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February 12, 2016

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available on-line! This very popular publication from ISU Extension serves as a guide for individuals who hire custom work or perform custom work within our state. The survey also includes rates for renting machinery and providing other machinery operations. The custom rate charged for a service should cover the expense to own as well as operate the machinery, including fuel and the operator’s labor.


Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • 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.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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