Finances

Local Highlights

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
February 24, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Small farmers and specialty crop growers often receive a higher price for their products compared to commodity crops. Direct marketing and niche markets usually lead to higher returns per unit.

January 17, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Is your tax refund the financial highlight of the year? Then it is a valuable resource – one you can use to get ahead, suggests Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

September 24, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The “2018 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns” analysis is now available, and despite a slight increase in net farm income last year, farmers saw another year of tight margins and a decrease in total farm assets and net farm worth.

May 6, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Low commodity prices and delayed fieldwork due to precipitation have many Iowa farmers feeling the effects of stress.

Resources:

Latest Iowa Farm Outlook & News

  • FM 1698 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey 
  • FM 1712 Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa  
  • FM 1825 Iowa Farmland Value Survey
  • FM 1874 Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)
  • FM 1851 Cash Rental Rate Survey
  • NCFMEC-01 Fixed and Flexible Cash Lease Arrangements
  • NCFMEC-01A - Cash Lease Form 
  • FM 1838 Iowa Farm Building Rental Rate Survey
  • FM 1564 Improving Your Farm Lease Contract

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

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