Farm Management

Local Highlights

March 31, 2015

The estimated costs of corn, corn silage, soybeans, alfalfa, and pasture maintenance in this report are based on data from several sources and cost estimates are representative of average costs for farms in Iowa.

March 24, 2015

Iowa County Soil and Water Conservation District and Iowa County Farm Bureau have teamed up to offer a series of workshops that address the latest in soil conservation and water quality topics.

March 5, 2015

Rates for custom machine work and services are showing a steady increase again for 2015.

December 22, 2014

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre.

June 6, 2014

Knowing your farm’s Corn Suitability Rating index (CSR2) provides you with valuable insight into its potential productivity. CSR2 is a tool used in setting cash rental rates and computing a farm’s sale value.

Links to the latest information on:

Johnson County Ag Newsletters

Johnson County Manure Applicator Certification Reshow Policy

Ag Decision Maker - farm management publications & monthly newsletter

MidWest Plan Service - Low-Cost Agricultural Publications

The Ag Business Education Program- Your partner in continuing education and professional development

AgMRC - a national information resource for value-added agriculture

Census of Agriculture - a complete count of US farms and ranches and the people who operate them

Dealing with Drought

Iowa Farm Outlook & News

Farm Management News from ISU

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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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