Farm Management

Local Highlights

Turkey flock
May 11, 2015

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is the lead agency responding to avian influenza in Iowa. ISU Extension and Outreach will continue to be involved in the response. The College of Veterinary Medicine has posted resources at http://vetmed.iastate.edu/aiv-background-and-resources.

May 7, 2015

The Washington County Extension Office will again host their annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.   The camp will be held on Thursday, June 4,  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  The cost is $10 per child and includes t-shirt, goody bag, snacks, and safety information.  

land for rent
May 6, 2015

The ISU Extension and Outreach Cash Rent Survey for 2015 is now available.  This survey shows typical cash rental rates for corn and soybean acres, as well as for land devoted to hay, oats, and pasture.  Click here for survey. 

Meaghan Anderson
March 9, 2015

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources has named Meaghan Anderson as ISU Extension and Outreach agronomy specialist. Meaghan will work from the Johnson County Extension Office in Iowa City and serve eastern Iowa counties including: Benton, Buchanan, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama and Washington. The position was formerly held by Jim Fawcett who retired from service in December 2013.  Click here for Crop Update.

planting crops
March 4, 2015

Rates for custom machine work and services are showing a steady increase again for 2015, according to the 2015 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey. The service categories that were surveyed include information on tillage, planting, spraying, harvesting and hauling grain and forages. Click here for survey.

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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