Farm Management

Local Highlights

August 29, 2018

Incorporating conservation practices into land leases takes careful thought and planning. Changes or additions to leases can't be undertaken overnight, meaning both landowners and tenants need to communicate their thoughts and intentions early in the discussion regarding these practices.

July 31, 2018

Tim Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.

May 17, 2018

Rental rates for Iowa farmland increased for the first time since 2013, according ot the results of the Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2018 Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 3, 2018

Trade issues between the United States and China have already impacted pork experts from Iowa and there is concern that an escalation of tariffs between the countries could affect soybean exports as well. These potential concerns for Iowa farmers, and more, are examined in a new policy brief from Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.

December 13, 2017

After having fallen in each of the three previous years, the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa saw an increase in 2017. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,326. This represents an increase of 2.0 percent, or $143 per acre, from the 2016 estimate.

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.

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

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