Farm Management

Local Highlights

November 16, 2020

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 has been rescheduled due to a death in the presenter’s family. The program, “What’s Changing on the New Sire Summaries?” by Dr. James Koltes, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, will now be held Tuesday, Dec. 8. The program will be part of the virtual Dairy Directions program, which can be accessed for free online from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at https://iastate.zoom.us/j/92375973003.

November 16, 2020

Iowa’s dairy industry has a very important impact on Iowa’s economy. The dairy industry contributes over $5.6 billion to the state’s economy annually, which equates to $25,495 for every dairy cow in the state. Each dairy has a different story, each family different priorities but all strive to produce a quality product and stay in business for the next generation. Iowa State University researchers are working with dairy industry representatives to learn from Iowa dairy farmers about their current operations, their current needs and their expectations for the future.

November 12, 2020

Producers needing to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation have a couple of opportunities to do so in northwest Iowa. In-person trainings are being offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council at no cost. A majority of packers and local auction barns require cattle sellers to be BQA certified. Producers or custom transporters hauling cattle directly to a packing plant on their own trailer must also be BQA Transportation certified. These two certifications are not synonymous.

November 2, 2020

The annual Pro Ag Outlook and Management meetings will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19 concerns. With a virtual format, participants will be able to hear from five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists. There will be one speaker each day from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Dec. 7–11.  

October 23, 2020

Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University Dairy Consortium. Extension Dairy Specialists from each state develop the industry-specific content for the twice monthly podcast. “The [I-29 Moo U Dairy] podcast discusses current issues faced by dairy producers from economics and animal health, to forage, labor and farm programs,” said Kim Clark, Nebraska Extension Dairy Educator, and one of three regular hosts for the program.

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 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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