Farm Management

Local Highlights

May 21, 2015

VINTON, Iowa -- Livestock producers wanting to maximize benefits from their grazing practices should attend Greenhorn Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa. Producers of all skill levels are welcome to the five-part workshop series, according to Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – One in three Iowa farmers are women, owning nearly half of all Iowa agricultural land, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture and theFarmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa–2012 report. Madeline Schultz, coordinator of women's agriculture education with ISU Extension and Outreach said that is why new courses have been developed specifically for women. The ISU Extension and Outreach courses provide practical information for managing human resources and grain marketing risks on family farms.
    
“Iowa women are at the heart of family farms and have significant ownership, management and employment in their operations,” said Schultz. “Post-planting season is the perfect time for Iowa farm women to get together and learn more about these complex aspects of farm business.”

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Everyone lives in a watershed and has a relationship with the watershed. Learn more about Iowa water quality issues, how watersheds function and the human relationship with them May 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Story County office.

April 20, 2015

CHARITON, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center is offering the 21st annual Update for Veterinarians on Wednesday, May 20, at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton. The full day of education will focus on beef herd management, genetics, bull fertility, cow reproduction, grazing and disease updates.

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is organizing the event and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event.

“Our featured speaker is Dr. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska who will update us on research they are doing on drylot cow-calf production. Our other speakers have Iowa State connections, including faculty and staff from veterinary medicine and animal science,” Sellers said. “This is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get acquainted with these folks and their areas of expertise. This year the program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credits.”

The veterinarian update includes eight presentations and a group discussion at the end. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration by May 15 is $60 per person. Registrations after May 15 and those registering onsite will pay $80. Lunch is provided, served by Cater 2 U.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa – The “Combating the Spotted Winged Drosophila Fruit Fly” workshop will be offered April 20 in Iowa City and April 27 in Clarion. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop will cover trapping, identification, prevention and control of the spotted winged drosophila, an invasive fruit fly that lays eggs in ripening fruit just prior to harvest. Commercial fruit farmers should attend one of the SWD pest management workshops before fruit ripen and become susceptible to attack.

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

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