Farm Management

Local Highlights

May 2, 2014

The cash rental rate information presented in this publication is the result of a survey of farmers, landowners, lenders, real estate brokers, and professional farm managers.  Click here to download the current Cast Rent Survey.

July 8, 2013

Grinnell, Iowa― ISU Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings in 10 different site in Central Iowa during late July and August. Meeting sites include Boone, Altoona, Nevada, Grinnell, Knoxville, Adel, Newton, Indianola, Marshalltown and Winterset and are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.

May 19, 2013

The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” is a five –session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is a new Annie’s Project Course program that was held on Monday nights starting April 8th, 2013 through May 6th at Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg.

March 4, 2013

 Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both have the 2013 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates.

This information is based on a survey of 249 Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers.  For each operation, the average rate from the survey and the range are shown.

February 10, 2013
Dry conditions during much of 2012 and overgrazing late into the fall have damaged many Iowa
pastures. Pastures with bare areas and thin sod cover will be less productive and more susceptible
to weed encroachment. Most producers want to maintain their existing pastures, but might like
to improve them by doing some form of partial reseeding. Frostseeding is one method that
should be considered.

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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