Finances

Local Highlights

April 20, 2021

Newly updated resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are available to help livestock producers track their cost of production and work through price insurance options. The “Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa” and “Livestock Risk Insurance Plans for Cattle Producers” are both available in the April edition of Ag Decision Maker.

April 20, 2021

Over the past year, many Iowans have experienced working remotely. Their experiences have convinced them – and their employers – that remote work can continue to be a viable option, with or without a pandemic.

March 24, 2021

If you’re looking to start a new business or expand on something you’re already doing, you may be in need of a loan. If so, there are certain steps you can take to help make the process go better and increase your chances of being funded.

March 24, 2021

Many Iowa farmers continue to hire at least some of their fieldwork and livestock work to be done by others, and new data from a popular survey provides ranges and averages of what is being paid. The “2021 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey,” conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, covers the amounts charged and paid for common crop and livestock services. Tillage, planting, harvesting, manure hauling and livestock transportation are all included, along with dozens of other tasks and data points.

 

February 4, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a virtual “Money Smart: Prioritizing Bills, Managing Debt and Improving Credit” three-session series on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 from noon to 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Participation in any of the three sessions is free and open to the public. The ISU Extension and Outreach “Money Smart” workshop series can help individuals grow their financial knowledge with research-based information and enable them to explore strategies for making wise choices when money is short, income has dropped or unexpected expenses happen.

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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