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.

Fruit and Vegetable Collage
September 17, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Good Agricultural Practices workshops in Sioux City on Nov. 19 and 25. The one-day workshops are important for fruit and vegetable growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers' food safety requirements. Registration can be made directly online at http://bit.ly/12sLsxE. If you have questions, please contact Angela Shaw at 515-294-0868 or email at angelaml@iastate.edu.

Cornfield
September 1, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides several resources to help farmland owners and operators make a one-time election of a commodity program from 2014-18 connected with the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Photo of Fair Fun with the ducks
July 30, 2014

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page at "ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County" for hundreds of pictures from the county fair.  Congratulations to all of the exhibitors and thank you to the many volunteers that helped make the fair a huge success! 


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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