Farm Management

Local Highlights

November 17, 2014

Annual training is required for private pesticide applicators wanting to re-certify to apply restricted use pesticides.  Certified applicators who do not attend annual training will have to take an exam to re-certify. 

November 3, 2014

Subsurface drainage is an important part of agricultural systems in Iowa. To function most efficiently, all components of a subsurface drainage system should be designed to work together for optimum efficiency.
This program will provide information essential for designing and planning a new drainage system or retrofitting an existing system. In addition, the economic and long-term benefits of tiling will be discussed. While the economic benefits of tiling are well recognized, there are also environmental impacts from drainage. New technologies that may be useful in minimizing negative environmental impacts will be discussed.

October 10, 2014

Hamilton County Extension will be offering Commerical Pesticde Applicator Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) beginning on October 15, 2014.

August 19, 2014

For the farm community and the public at large, a great deal of confusion has surrounded the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Uncertainties remain in terms of the costs and benefits associated with its implementation. However, many of the new provisions of the ACA may address some of the issues faced by farm families when it comes to health coverage.

July 3, 2013

By spending some time with this tool, you can learn a lot about what cover crops you may want to consider for this summer. The tool also will be helpful when you are ready to consider what to use later for fall and winter cover crops.

 

Video: Estimating the Iowa Corn Suitability (CSR2) Rating for Your Farm

 

 
 
 
Reshow Policy: Reshows for Manure/Pesticide Applicator Recertification will be held on Fridays starting at 8:00 am by appointment only.  Call 515-832-9597 to set up an appointment.

 

 
 
 
Ag Information

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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