Small Farm & Beginning Farmer Resources

Small Farm & Beginning Farmer Series

Are you ready to cultivate your dreams and turn that small plot of land into a thriving and sustainable farm? Join us for our Small Farm & Beginning Farmer series, designed exclusively for beginning farmers and small-acreage owners.

This workshop series is to help empower and inspire small acreage owners on different ways to utilize their land. Whether you're just starting out or looking to enhance your small farm's potential, our expert-led workshops will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve your agricultural aspirations. The webinar series is free to attend and open to anyone, even those out of state! Please note, the information provided in the webinars will be specific to Iowa.

Need to attend in person rather than virtually? Just let us know what session you are interested in viewing at the Muscatine Extension Office and we can make arrangements to host the webinar in our meeting room!

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities

June 19th at Noon
Maximizing Pasture Potential: Multispecies Grazing Strategies
In this webinar we will delve into the benefits and strategies of incorporating multiple species into grazing systems. Patrick Wall, ISU Extension & Outreach Beef Specialist, will explore how combining different livestock species, such as cattle & sheep, on pasture can enhance soil health, increase forage utilization, control weeds, and optimize pasture productivity.
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August 29th at 6:00 pm
Sheep & Goat Breeding Management
This webinar is a continuation of our starting your sheep and/or goat flock webinar in May.  Carolyn Ihde, ISU Extension & Outreach & UW-Madison Division of Extension Small Ruminant Specialist, returns to go in depth into flock breeding management such as ram selection and purchasing, breeding consideration, record management, AI, estrus synchronization, lambing, etc. 
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September 12th at 6:00 pm
Working With An Ag Lender
As you are making plans for your farm business, don't forget about the importance of working with an ag lender! Ryan Drollette, ISU Extension & Outreach farm management specialist, & Leslie Miller, ISU Extension & Outreach farm financial planning program associate, will go over important items to remember when applying for an ag loan and working with your lender. 
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October 10th at 6:00 pm
Private Well Stewardship
Did you know that the best way to make sure that your well water is safe is to test annually?  Catherine DeLong, ISU Extension & Outreach water quality program manager, will provide information for private well owners to learn about the responsibilities and risks of being a private well owner and will help connect you to additional resources to manage your private well.
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November 14th at 6:00 pm
Small Orchard Management
Make your orchard work for you! ISU Extension commercial horticulture specialist, Patrick O'Malley, will discuss what management practices you should put into place to make your orchard fruitful.  
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December 12th at 6:00 pm
Cultivating Success: Getting Started in Commercial Vegetable Production
Join us for an informative session tailored for aspiring growers seeking to kickstart their commercial vegetable operations. Dan Fillius, ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Vegetables & Specialty Crops Horticulture Field Specialist, will share his expertise and guide you through the initial stages of starting your own commercial vegetable operation.
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Upcoming In Person Educational Events

August 2024- Exact Date to Be Determined
Farmland Leasing Workshop
Hosted by Muscatine County Extension- Muscatine, IA
Ryan Drollette, ISU Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist, will present information and updates on farmland leasing topics including: Current cash rental rates, land values and crop price survey results, Determining a fair cash rent, Tenant/Landowner communications and legal aspects, Approaches to writing and terminating a farm lease, and share ISU Extension web-based resources. A 100-page leasing arrangements book provided, one per registrant.
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Previous Webinars

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Previous Webinars

January 11th at 6:00 pm
Ag Tax Exemptions & Considerations When Filing Taxes
Confused about who qualifies and how to use Iowa ag tax exemptions? Join ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist, Charles Brown, as we explore tax exemptions for ag and other considerations when filing your taxes.

February 1st at 6:00 pm
Market Ready: Preparing to Sell at Farmer's Markets
In this webinar, ISU Associate Professor and ISU Extension Human Science Specialist, Shannon Coleman, will discuss Iowa Cottage Food Laws, Home Food Processing Establishment & the differences between the two.

March 7th at 6:00 pm
Small-Scale Poultry Management
Just in time to purchase your chicks! ISU Extension Small Farms Program Manager, Christa Hartsook, covers the basics of breed selection, care, nutrition & selling eggs & meat birds. 

April 11th at 6:00 pm
Manure Management
After winter, you may be wondering what to do with all of the manure that piled up. Join ISU Extension Ag Engineer, Tony Mensing, as he goes over management options for manure on small farms.

May 9th at 6:00 pm
Sheep & Goat Management- Starting Your Flock
Ready to get started with some livestock but wanting to start "small"? Sheep or goats may be for you! Carolyn Ihde, ISU Extension & Outreach & UW-Madison Division of Extension Small Ruminant Specialist, will discuss breed selection, flock management, nutrition & raising & selling meat animals. There will be a second webinar in August to discuss breeding management for your flock.


Farm Management Resources

Agritourism Resources

Iowa Ag Tax Resources

Iowa Department of Revenue Resources
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Resources