Farm Management

Local Highlights

March 1, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project, a program focused on empowering women in agriculture, to be held in Sheldon during April and May 2017. Annie’s Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. It will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College beginning Thursday, Apr. 20 and continuing Tuesday, Apr. 25, and the following Thursdays: Apr. 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

March 1, 2017

The I-29 Moo University Collaborators will offer the third annual Dairy Beef Short Course on Tuesday, March 28 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The agenda will allow for attendees to take in the evening entertainment at the Welcome Reception for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. The Dairy Beef Short Course begins at 10:00 a.m. with registration, followed by the program from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 21, 2017

The first Senate Farm Bill Reauthorization Hearing webinar was hosted at the Sioux County Extension office in late February. Those attending heard testimony and questions from a wide range of producers and industry representatives. A consistent theme heard from the presenters was supporting the continuation of crop insurance, conservation programs (especially EQIP) and a need for more transparency in price determination for the red meat industry. Lynda Foster from Foster Dairy in Fort Scott Kansas voiced her concerns for the upcoming farm bill discussion focusing on three dairy issues.

March 14, 2017

Producers are invited to attend one or both upcoming ‘Successful Cover Crop Use in Beef Production’ field days scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 11 in Northwest Iowa. 

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.


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 many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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