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Internet Tool Aids Ag Professionals


AMES, Iowa -- A free Internet site provides a wealth of agricultural business information.  It is Iowa State University (ISU) Extension’s “Ag Decision Maker,” which can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm.


This site is designed for farmers, lenders, farm managers, agricultural instructors and others involved in agriculture. It provides up-to-date information from agricultural economists at Iowa State University and other universities and institutions.


Don Hofstrand, ISU Extension farm management specialist and editor of Ag Decision Maker, urges farmers, agricultural professionals and others to check out the Website. “The site offers a wide range of business information on marketing, leasing, land values, legal issues, costs and returns, new business development and many other topics,” he said.


The six-page newsletter contains information and analysis of current business and economic issues and is posted monthly. More than 300 information files provide the latest information for finding solutions to many of the decisions facing farmers and agribusinesses. Information files are updated regularly. 


Many of the information files have decision tools for analyzing decisions. Users can enter their own values into the electronic spreadsheet to evaluate their options. Files can be saved for later use. Teaching activities for use in the classroom or for adult education activities are also available.


The Ag Decision Maker Web site currently has more than 1,800 visitors per day. Visitor can register to automatically receive the monthly newsletter and updates by e-mail.


Contacts :

Ann Holste, Iowa State University Extension, (515) 294-4197, aholste@iastate.edu


Don Hofstand, Iowa State University Extension, (641) 423-0844, dhof@iastate.edu


William Edwards, Iowa State University Extension, (515) 294-6161, wedwards@iastate.edu