Farm Management

Local Highlights

March 19, 2021

Many Iowa farmers continue to hire at least some of their fieldwork and livestock work to be done by others, and new data from a popular survey provides ranges and averages of what is being paid.

March 2, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering Farm Couple Getaways for couples wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm and family goal setting or farm transitioning, or who just want a weekend away to discuss farm family life and issues. 

March 2, 2021

ISU Extension Henry County is offering the course Women Managing Farm Finances. The 4 week course incorporates interactive learning while allowing time for discussion. Sessions cover financial documentation, cash flow requirements, and accounting needs.

January 26, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.” The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads. The next session will feature winter ventilation strategies for dairy and beef cattle facilities, and is scheduled for Feb. 1.

October 19, 2020

Fall commercial pesticide re-certification starts this month. Courses are in person at the extension office. Space is limited to allow for adequate social distancing. Pre-registration is required. Call 319-385-8126 before the deadline to reserve your spot!

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • 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.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • 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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