Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 11, 2020

The Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual brought together many experts with the sole purpose of developing best management practices for the successful adoption of cover crops, no-/strip-tillage, diverse rotations and edge-of-field practices. This manual is designed to be a useful tool for farmers and crop advisers.

June 8, 2020

Two free one-hour webinars are available to the public on Friday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 16. Speakers will include Kristine Tidgren, director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, and Steve Johnson, farm management specialist, both with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 28, 2020

Financial help is available for producers impacted by the price declines and additional marketing costs associated with COVID-19.  The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, a federal program offered through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, is accepting applications for funding from livestock and crop farmers.

May 20, 2020

Despite another difficult year in agriculture, cash rents still posted an increase of about 1.4%, according to this year’s Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2020 Survey, released earlier this month.

May 12, 2020

The health and safety of our staff, students, participants, volunteers and communities is our highest priority. On May 18, our staff will be working in the office, but will be closed to the public.  We want to continue helping and serving you as best as we can. 

Please reach us by email or call the office at 712-732-5056:
- Stacie Hewett (Office/Program Coordinator): shewett@iastate.edu
- Nichol Kleespies (4-H Youth Educator): kleespie@iastate.edu
- Kris Kohl (Ag Engineer): kkohl1@iastate.edu
- Carol Ehlers (Family Finance Specialist): xehlers@iastate.edu
- Mandi De La Cruz (Buy.Eat.Live Healthy Program Asst.): mandid@iastate.edu

Ag Resources:

Publications:

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.

  • 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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