Farm Management

Local Highlights

February 10, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Growing quality transplants will be the topic of a day-long Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop Thursday, Feb. 18 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Ajay Nair, assistant professor with Iowa State's Department of Horticulture and vegetable production specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, says transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Planting short duration cover crops can provide multiple benefits to growers who employ them in their fields. Cover crops can improve soil and water conservation efforts, organic matter input, nitrogen fixation, weed suppression and bio-fumigation, providing not only better yields but a healthier environment.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Six members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team will represent the university at the 2016 Hawkeye Farm Show.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host two educational seminars daily, focusing on challenges and important topics facing farmers during the upcoming planting season. Each seminar will be held in the Alumni Suite of the UNI-Dome.

“Participating in the educational seminars and visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach booth will provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest in agricultural practices that can be used to improve the efficiency of their operations,” said Bill Arndorfer, ISU Extension and Outreach regional director.  

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – A conversation between Chris Nelson, the Adams County director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the time, and Joyce Lash, human sciences specialist in family finance, back in 2005 established a site forVolunteer Income Tax Assistance in Iowa.

tax form 1040VITA is an IRS sponsored program that certifies volunteers to prepare tax returns for low income taxpayers. This program makes sure the proper forms are filed so taxpayers receive the correct refund and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit. Returns are filed electronically and refunds are received within 10 days of return acceptance.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host six cover crop workshops this spring in Cerro Gordo, O’Brien, Black Hawk, Johnson, Mahaska and Pottawattamie counties. The workshops are free, open to the public and include a complimentary meal.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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