Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 25, 2021

A retired weed management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and professor emeritus at Iowa State will discuss the past four decades of herbicide use during an Iowa Learning Farms webinar June 30 at noon.

June 21, 2021

Iowa Learning Farms is “looking back to look ahead” through a webinar June 23 at noon that focuses on the history and progress of sustainability titled “Lessons Learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.”

June 21, 2021

In the June edition of Ag Decision Maker, O’Rourke outlines some basic ways that farm employers can protect workers from heat stress and illness. She also provides an updated checklist that covers all the major aspects of farm worker hiring and employment.

June 18, 2021

The annual Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day will be held Wednesday, July 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the farm, located at 6320 500th St., Sutherland. 

June 8, 2021

A self-driven tour led by forestry specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Floyd and Mitchell counties will show Iowans some of the ways healthy forests can improve water quality and the value of land.

Ag Resources:


Latest Iowa Farm Outlook & News

FM 1698 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey

FM 1851 Cash Rental Rate Survey

FM 1838 Iowa Farm Building Rental Rate Survey

FM 1712 Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa

FM 1825 2014 Iowa Farmland Value Survey

FM 1874 Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

NCFMEC-01A - Cash Lease Form (New)

FM 1564 Improving Your Farm Lease Contract

NCFMEC-01 Fixed and Flexible Cash Lease Arrangements



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.

  • A look at the value of land in Iowa through annual survey results and additional resources for decision makers.

  • The Iowa Pork Industry Center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

  • On a mission is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs that expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management, and support the community of women in agriculture. 

  • The Iowa Beef Center works 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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