Business & Industry

Local Highlights

Farm Bill Flyer w/dates and locations
October 23, 2014

Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at informational meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members. Farm Bill 2014 Meetings will be held across northwest Iowa to explain options available under the new bill. The meetings will focus on the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) that will be administered by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) administered by the USDA Risk Management Agency through federal crop insurance providers.

Image of SAM website page
October 7, 2014

ISU CIRAS has developed a step-by-step guide for farmers needing assistance getting registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) so they can be eligible to receive assistance under the farm bill. Click on the link here for the four page guide. SAM Assistance Guide.

Rising Star Logo
October 6, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in partnership with the colleges of Design and Human Sciences is offering a 2015 Rising Star Summer Internship experience.  The focus of the internship is on local foods. Interested students may view a youtube video from last summer's Rising Star Interns and go online to apply through CyHire https://cyhire.iastate.edu/ . Applications are due February 25th.

Caution Sign for Pesticides
October 5, 2014

Check out the Fall Schedule for course listings, dates, times, and fees.

Child Care in Toy Blocks
October 3, 2014

As a childcare provider, planning for your financial future is an important part of success in reaching your financial goals. Register now for this 2-part training program to learn how to: increase your savings, understand investment principles, choose investments wisely, and plan for retirement. Cost is $40 and includes 4 DHS approved training hours. 4 CEU's are also available for an additional $5. Check out our Planning for Your Financial Future brochure for details.


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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