Farm Management

Local Highlights

March 17, 2021

Many Iowa farmers hire some custom machine work in their farm business or perform custom work for others. Others rent machinery or perform other services.

April 13, 2020

An online private pesticide applicator exam option is available to address pesticide applications made to agriculture commodities.



Agriculture Data for Decision Makers

Beginning Farmer Center

Iowa Farm Lease (Publication FM1538 pdf)

Iowa Farm Lease  (PublicationFM1538E pdf)  This version can be filled our online, then printed.  It cannot be saved electronically with our data.

Improving your Farm Lease Contract  (Publication FM 1564)

Custom Rate Survey   (Publication FM 1698)

Iowa Land Value Survey (Publication FM 1825 pdf)

Cash Rental Rates  (PDF)

Iowa Farmland Rental Rates (Publication FM 1728 pdf)

Estimating Cash Rental Rates for Farmland  (Publication FM 1801)

Iowa Farm Building Rental Rate Survey (Publication FM 1838 pdf)

Survey of Iowa Farm Leasing Practices (Publication FM 1811 pdf)

Ag Decision Maker

Farm Doc

Center for Farm Financial Management

Corn & Soybean Basis

Ag Econ Periodicals, Publications & Programs

Crop Notes by George Cummins

Acreage Living


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

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.

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