Farm Management

Local Highlights

September 20, 2018

Matt Helmers, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and extension agricultural engineer, began his duties as the director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center on Sept. 1.

September 18, 2018

The lion’s share of payments under the United States Department of Agriculture’s new Market Facilitation Program are going to pork and soybean producers. Given the most recent USDA production estimates, Iowa producers stand to gain more than $550 million from this program.

September 4, 2018

Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation will host its annual September seminars, “Keeping Up with Change,” Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21 at Quality Inn & Suites in Ames, Iowa. The two-day program is available onsite or online.

August 22, 2018

Iowa State researchers, faculty and extension specialists are part of the Iowa State tent at Farm Progress Show near Boone, Aug. 28-30. It's the place for conversations about soil, water and crops. Even Cy is attending on Wednesday afternoon.

August 20, 2018

MidWest Plan Service’s award-winning publication “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13) is now available for download through the MidWest Plan Service website.

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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