Farm Management

Local Highlights

August 20, 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) has authorized a one-time base acreage reallocation and program yield update. The Farm Bill has also authorized new farm programs including Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). PLC and ARC crop programs provide price and revenue, respectively, payments to eligible producers for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

August 20, 2014

As part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Margin Protection Program (MPP) provides a new safety net program for dairy producers.  It will provide payments when a national benchmark for dairy income minus feed costs falls below coverage levels producers select.  Several meetings will be held across Iowa to educate producers and related persons regarding the Farm Bill programs and decisions.

August 15, 2014

On Thursday, September 25, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Minnesota Extension will jointly host a field day tour in SE MN focusing on nutrient management and methods to handle sand.  Discussions will focus on nutrient management including various options and methods to manage total farm nutrient balance, manure management, and nutrient runoff.  Managing nutrients from manure is becoming a high priority among most livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons.

August 4, 2014

NASHUA – The ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm has specialists covering topics from the emerging technology of using UAV’s in crop production, to crop diseases, nutrient management, and grain marketing going into the 2014 harvest.  Please plan to attend this educational event on Wednesday, September 3 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

January 17, 2014

The number of cover crop acres has increased dramatically over the past five years in Iowa — from less than 10,000 acres in 2009 to about 300,000 acres this fall.  One Iowa farmer who is helping to increase that number is Joe Kriegel who farms and grows cover crops on more than 2,000 acres in Poweshiek County with his three sons, Patrick, Nicholas, and Jared.  Read how he is seeing more benefits than just erosion control.

Statewide Resources

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • 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.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • 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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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