Farm Management

Local Highlights

November 23, 2016

From the Ground Up: Creating a Plan to Grow Your Farm Business - From the Ground Up is a 9-week course to help farmers develop their business strategy for their farming operation. Attendees include aspiring, new, young, and established farmers who want to learn more about assessing their current farm position and develop a business plan. Become part of this learning community—share experiences: pitfalls and success strategies with fellow farmers.

October 13, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach will host a Dairy Start to Farm program at Dordt College beginning Nov. 17 and continuing throughout the winter. The program is free to participate in and is geared towards dairy producers in their first 10-12 years of farming.

May 9, 2016

Available now is the ISU Extension and Outreach Cash Rent Survey for 2016. This survey shows typical cash rental rates for corn and soybean acres, as well as for land devoted to hay, oats, and pasture.

January 4, 2016

Field & Feedlot and the Scene are GOING GREEN! In an effort to be environmentally friendly and to allow more funding to be used toward programming, we are encouraging you to opt-in for email versions of Field & Feedlot and the 4-H Scene.

November 25, 2014

A new report points to strong economic impacts of local food in Iowa – more than $22 million in sales at the farm gate and at least 171 new jobs over the past two years – and explains how local food coordinators are contributing to this growth in their communities.

Statewide Resources

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • 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.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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