Farm Management

Local Highlights

January 25, 2021

Iowa producers have until March 15, 2021 to make their annual election for Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage (at the individual or county levels) under the 2018 Farm Bill. This annual decision impacts the 2021 crop year, consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill. Similar annual decisions, for the 2022 and 2023 crops, will coincide with the final two years of the bill. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold in-person meetings throughout Northwest Iowa in February through early-March, as well as offer virtual webinars for those who cannot attend in person.

March 3, 2021

The I-29 Moo University 2021 Dairy Webinar Series continues Friday, March 26 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This month’s topic is fly control strategies. Dr. Roger Moon from Minnesota will identify common pest flies and how to manage them on confinement dairies.

March 3, 2021

The Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council and Ida County Cattlemen’s Association are co-hosting a Beef Quality Assurance Certification Workshop on March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lohff-Schumann Community Center in Holstein, Iowa. “Producers certified three years ago received letters from their packer stating they need to re-certify, and new feedlot producers will need to obtain their initial certification,” said Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 1, 2021

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, March 17 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This program will focus on Executive Analysis Reports available through the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) including the Transition Cow Management reports and the Udder Health Monitor report.

February 23, 2021

In response to high levels of personal and financial farm stress, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is offering three “Farm Couple Getaways” across Iowa, with one location in Northwest Iowa. The program is for farm coupleswanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goalsetting or farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues as a couple. The local getaway will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji.

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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