Farm Management

Local Highlights

May 13, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach held their annual Safety Day on May 5, 2021 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds.  Around 215 Fourth and Fifth grade students from MFL Mar Mac, Clayton Ridge, Central, and Ed-Co attended the event. It takes many volunteers from local business and organizations to give presentations on a variety of topics to make this day happen.  Presentations were given by the following presenters: Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County with Alcohol and Tobacco,  Clayton County Conservation with Firearm and water safety, Monona Fire Department with Fire safety, USDA Clayton County FSA with Farm safety, Allamakee Clayton REC with Electrical safety, Three Rivers FSA with Propane safety, Alpine Communications with Internet safety, Mueller family with Animal safety, Central Community School District FFA members,  and the Clayton County Community Collaboration Council with Food safety. The students had fun while learning to stay away from dangerous and harmful situations and what to do if you are in a situation.

February 5, 2020

Dicamba-based products are restricted use pesticides. Iowa requires users to be registered as certified applicators in the state. Additionally, applicators must complete training every year before they apply dicamba-based products. Trainings are offered as live meetings, and this year, also available via on-line training.  The trainings are offered by product manufacturers and often by local ag retailers.  Visit the Agribusiness Association of Iowa web page for a list of dicamba training opportunities at

April 30, 2019

Fourteen women from Clayton and surrounding counties recently wrapped up Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a five-week class that teaches women about the importance of planning successful farm transitions. The women learned about estate planning, transition planning and succession planning, and are empowered to set goals and engage in effective family discussions about their farm operations.

April 9, 2018

Twenty area farm women recently attend the six week Annie’s Project: Farm Business Management program in Elkader.    
“While farm women have always been an integral part of agriculture, their role in managing farm operations continues to grow.  That’s why Iowa State University Extension recently offered Annie’s Project to farm women in northeast Iowa,” says Melissa O’Rourke, ISU’s Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist.

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.

  • A look at the value of land in Iowa through annual survey results and additional resources for decision makers.

  • The Iowa Pork Industry Center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

  • On a mission is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs that expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management, and support the community of women in agriculture. 

  • The Iowa Beef Center works 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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