Finances

Local Highlights

June 25, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach will host 12 educational Farmland Leasing and Value Meetings for agricultural landowners and tenants throughout Northwest Iowa. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords and are held across the state. Each meeting will cover: farmland ownership and tenure 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 rents for 2020; legal aspects of farmland leases including strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; partition law changes; as well as other ISU Extension and Outreach resources.

June 24, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agri-business personnel. The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

July 18, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach invites family caregivers to participate in the five-session Finances of Caregiving course beginning Sept. 5. The course focuses on helping caregivers to make decisions and plan ahead. Caregivers are often adult children caring for their parents, grandparents or another relative, but they may also be parents caring for their young or adult child with special health or behavior needs.

July 8, 2019

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites local farmers and agribusiness professionals to attend a free one-day Planning for Profitability workshop in either Rock Rapids or Decorah. Planning for Profitability in a Changing Dairy Industry will focus on options to increase profitability when facing shrinking margins; risk management strategies and how they can benefit dairy operations; changes and requirements that ag lenders may be asking for when reviewing loan requests; and a review of the milk market.

June 26, 2019

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area residents to join them for a two-session retirement preparation workshop on Tuesday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office located at 400 Central Ave. Northwest in Orange City. The “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” workshop is ideal for those looking to retire within the next 10 years. The workshop outlines key factors to consider prior to retirement and describes strategies for structuring retirement income.

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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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