Farm Management

Local Highlights

February 4, 2014

With less than 6 weeks remaining to meet requirements for having health insurance, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a free workshop to help Lyon County residents understand how to make smart choices for purchasing health care coverage.

January 13, 2014

Click here for slides of corn stover economics presentation by Melissa O'Rourke

January 6, 2014

Iowa has changed vendors and names for the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) test. Iowa is now offering the chance to earn your HSED by studying for and taking the HiSET test. Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) offers free classes to prepare you for the HiSET test.

January 6, 2014

Sign up for FREE English classes through Northwest Iowa Community College! All levels of English Language Learners are welcome. Classes are offered at various locations and times. Please call Sarah Breems-Diekevers at (800) 352-4907 to sign up for any of the classes!

Photo of produce in bins
December 4, 2013

Northwest Iowa - Local foods are making an economic impact in Iowa. In fact, sales of food produced in northwest Iowa added $312,441 to the local economy in 2012 as reported by eighteen farmers in the northwest region.


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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