Farm Management

Local Highlights

Office Closed
March 23, 2020

We are closing our office to the public until April 7. If you have any needs or would like to confirm information on programming, please call our office (712-263-4697) or email (xcrawford@iastate.edu). Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time.

Joel DeJong photo
February 24, 2020

Days Suitable for Fieldwork –Dr. William Edwards, retired ISU Ag Economist, in conjunction with retired Ag Engineer Mark Hanna, just published an article of that name which I find very interesting. They looked at the NASS crop reporting data over time to give the average number of days available for fieldwork, separated into parts of the state and times of the season. 

Women Marketing Grain Image
February 13, 2020

With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make the difference in the profitability of corn and soybean production. How well farmers get paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions.

Crop Advantage 2020
February 3, 2020

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

Commercial manure applicator injecting liquid swine manure into client’s field.
December 13, 2019

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements Jan. 8, 2020. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the training at 73 locations in Iowa. Call the Crawford County Extension office to register at 712-263-4697.

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 only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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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