Farm Management

Local Highlights

August 5, 2019

Grain drying and management are filled with new programs that can match grain bins to specific fans to provide specific performance for each. Kris Kohl, Extension Agricultural Engineer, is planning to offer this program at the Ida County Extension and Outreach Office, 209 ½ Moorehead Ave, Ida Grove on August 20 from 9 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is only $25 and will include all needed materials. 

May 28, 2019

Crop producers who are wondering what they should do about late and prevented planting were given a variety of resources and calculators during a special webinar May 24, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists and farm management specialists.

May 16, 2019

The good news for cattle and sheep producers wondering how to manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter is that there are short-term and supplemental forage options.

April 25, 2019

As flood waters are receding, the renovation of flooded pastures is just beginning. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists recommend producers check pasture plants for survival as they begin the renovation process.

April 3, 2019

Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, recommends producers get out in their fields as soon as possible to assess damage to pastures and hay ground and check out possible disaster assistance.

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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