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horse eating hayEquine staff members strive to provide the very best for Iowa equestrians. Education and outreach is valued and focused on business management, selection and genetics, nutrition and heath of the horse and general equine care and husbandry. Contact one of our specialist below to find out more information on the Master Equine Manager program or to address general equine questions.

Farm, Food and Enterprise Development

spinach leaves - smallThe Farm, Food and Enterprise Development team supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses, and regional food systems through research, education, and community engagement.

Farm Management

farm management specialist map of iowaThe farm management team provides Iowa farm owners and operators the latest in research-based information. The team educates Iowans on farm financial and risk management, instructs on government programs (such as the farm bill and crop insurance), provides guidance on strategic and business planning, examines environmental management policies, and informs on agricultural marketing tools and supply chains.


horticulture specialist map of iowaThe horticulture team has both field specialists and staff located at Iowa State University to provide information and educate producers on growing, producing and harvesting horticulture crops such as sweet potatoes, grapes and apples, but can also help you with house plants, lawn questions and provide advice on your garden.

Natural Resources

stream with fallen logThe Natural Resources team specialists provide expertise aquaculture, biomass, forestry, habitat management, water quality and wetlands management. Housed at Iowa State University, specialists in this area provide information and educational programming across the spectrum of natural resource topics.

Rural Sociology

pond viewThe rural sociology team provides context and information about the sociology of rural populations across the state of Iowa. The team produces information on both agriculture and natural resources and rural communities within the state. The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is produced by the team, showing practices and opinions of Iowa farmers.


swine territory mapWith specialists in the field and located on the Iowa State University campus, the Iowa Pork Industry Center works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. Through IPIC, Iowa producers are provided accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable.