Finances

Local Highlights

dairy cows
June 6, 2019

Dairy producers can learn the latest in nutrition and management by attending the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference June 12-13 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.  This industry conference will feature information on dealing with today’s economic environment and the newest research to improve profit.

cash rent
May 29, 2019

Cash rental rates for Iowa farmland are down 1.4% compared to last year, but are still higher than in 2011, despite significant decreases in crop prices.  According to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2019 Survey,” (FM 1851) published in the May Ag Decision Maker newsletter, the average cash rent per acre is $219, down from $222 per acre last year.

April 12, 2019

The final School’s Out Day Camp of the spring, “Robot Mania!”, will be held on April 22nd at Seibert Park and Memorial Hall in Manchester. This camp will be from 7:45 am – 3:30 pm for youth in K – 5th grades. 

sewing for service project
April 12, 2019

On Saturday, March 30th, eleven Delaware County 4-H members participated in the Sewing for Service Workshop held at the Extension Office in Manchester.  Kathy Hutchinson, 4-H clothing project leader & 4-H Foodstand volunteer, kicked off the workshop by explaining the basic construction of the cotton fabric and the batting materials that would be used to construct the kitchen hot pads for the 4-H Foodstand.

well water
March 22, 2019

Even if you home was not damaged by flooding, your private well may need atttention.  Wells that have been submerged beneath flood water or high groundwater tables should be disinfected and tested for safety before using water from them for drinking or food preparation. 

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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services. Call the hotline at 800-447-1985.

  • 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.

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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