Business & Industry

Local Highlights

January 19, 2016

Ida County Extension and Outreach Office will host one of three Iowa locations linked to an in-person meeting in West Point, Nebraska for a portion of the meeting on February 9 at 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Iowa participants will be able to ask questions and participate with Nebraska producers.  

December 23, 2015

We are excited to announce that the third Rural Women of North Iowa event will be held on February 22, from 6-8 pm at Iowa Lakes Community College Cafeteria in Emmetsburg. The speaker for this event is Marji Guyler-Alaniz who will be sharing photos of female farmers which is now her passion-FarmHer.

December 22, 2015

The Estherville PROSPER Team is holding a PROSPER Family Program at Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School

December 16, 2015

Evaluating Your Estate Plan Workshiop is set for Janurary 28 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. 

August 17, 2015

“A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers” (LF 0006) compiles training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning; including information on food safety and seed saving. It's available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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