Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 14, 2018

Farmers and the public are invited to attend Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Annual Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day on Wednesday, July 11 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Check-in and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will present timely research and crop production information throughout the morning. 

June 14, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released the 2018 scheduled for its annual Farmland Leasing and Value meetings. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords, and are held across the state. Each meeting will cover: farmland ownership and tenue in Iowa; cover crop research and methods to implement in lease agreements; current cash rental rate and land value survey results; methods for determining fair rent for 2019; legal aspects of farmland leases including strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; and ISU Extension and Outreach web-based and other resources.

June 11, 2018

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Presentations will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will break at 12:00 noon for lunch. The program will adjourn by 3:30 p.m. Each expert will be available to answer questions.

June 5, 2018

Some beef packers are requiring beef producers to be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. To aid producers in the certification process, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Cherokee, Emmet and Calhoun County Cattlemen’s Associations are co-sponsoring a series of three BQA workshops in NW Iowa.

May 31, 2018

If you have Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) trees in your landscape you may have noticed seedlings growing in areas you did not plant them.  Eastern red cedar is native to much of the U.S. and offers protection and food for wildlife.  The main reason red cedar trees spread into pastures and other landscapes is when birds or wildlife eat the berries.  If these wild seedlings are not controlled they can grow and take over open areas and pastures changing the intended use of the property. Red cedars can be managed to protect pastures while still leaving stands for wildlife.  In an effort to update farmers, landowners and natural resource professionals on management and possible markets of red cedar, a workshop and tour has been planned for June 26, 2018 near Peterson, Iowa.

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.

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

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