Farm Management

Local Highlights

September 2, 2014

Cattle producers and others with interest in pasture management are invited to a pasture walk on the evening of September 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The walk will take place at the Jon Bakehouse farm located at 55757 370th St, north of Hastings.   The Mills-Montgomery Cattlemen will be grilling ribeye sandwiches for attendees to be served at the end of the evening.

August 11, 2014

People all over the world are buzzing about alternative energy, and southwest Iowa is no exception!  Join the Women, Land and Legacy committee of Mills and Fremont counties to “Get Energized” at their upcoming event.  

February 11, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 GAP Workshops for fruit and vegetable producers in the Spring of 2014.
These one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.  The training will provide assistance in writing  and implementing GAPs for  those  interested in  both wholesale  and direct marketing. The key instructors will be Dr. Angela Shaw, Dr. Catherine Strohbehn, Heather Snyder and Linda Naeve.

December 26, 2013
Keeping young cows in the herd is critical to ensure enterprise profitability and facilitate herd expansion; particularly with decreased numbers in the national cow herd.  Plan to attend these clinics to learn more ways to keep her working for you.  Topics include nutrition, management, costs, health, reproductive management, and lifetime productivity.

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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