Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 14, 2021

NASHUA – The Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 24th. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist emeritus, will kick-off the program, by providing his insights on crop weather for the 2021 growing season. Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist, will share the latest research on corn rootworm management. Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist, will address the warm & dry weather implications on crop development and yield potential, and Prashant Jha, weed specialist, will discuss integrated weed management programs in Iowa corn and soybean.

The field day is free and open to the public. It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center Headquarters on the ISU Northeast Research Farm and Demonstration Farm. Directions: From Nashua at the Jct. of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm. CCA credits will be available (2 CM & 2 PM). For more information about the event, call Terry Basol at 641-426-6801.

May 20, 2021

(KWWL) -- Being a farmer means dealing with a continually unpredictable career field with challenges far beyond your control where it be severe weather, market prices, or international trade disputes.

Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance, a new first-in-the-nation service (created by Farm Foundation and Iowa State Extension), provides farmers and their families with support for their overall health from various experts.
"This is just a tool to help people feel better and therefore farm better," said Dr. John Lawrence, the Vice President of Extension and Outreach for Iowa State University.

February 2, 2021

2021 Farm Bill Decisions


The next sign-up deadline for ARC/PLC is March 15, 2021. The following webinar series is free and open to all regardless of their county of operation. Examples used in regional sessions will focus on that area of the state with the regional Farm Management Field Specialist as the speaker.


December 15, 2020

Please call 319-234-6811 to register by December 28, 2020. At Black Hawk County Extension - January 7th, 2021
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A Quick Reference to Black Hawk County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page fore more information.

Cash Rental Rate Survey

Custom Rate Survey

Estimated Costs of Crop Production

Iowa Land Value Survey

Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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.

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