Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 17, 2021

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Beef producers and agri-business professionals wanting to obtain or renew their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification have four opportunities to do so in June. The BQA trainings are the cooperative effort of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, and the Clay, Lyon, Sac and Emmet County Cattlemen’s Associations. 

June 15, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Annual Farmland Leasing Meetings for agriculture property owners, tenants, ag business representatives and lenders will be held at 11 different locations throughout early August. Each workshop will focus on current farmland value and lease rate trends, methods for determining fair ag rents for 2022 and farmland lease communication and legalities, including how to write and terminate a lease.

June 14, 2021

June 29 marks the return of the ever popular Feedlot Forum at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center, IA. Built grassroots up, this forum focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting edge technology available from agri-business professionals. This year’s theme for Feedlot Forum 2021, “Producing and Marketing in Today’s Era,” features nationally recognized speakers addressing important issues not only in production, but also in marketing.

June 14, 2021

The Annual Northwest Iowa Research Farm Field Day will be held Wednesday, July 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the farm, 6320 500th St., Sutherland. The field day will focus on pest and weed management and nitrate reduction practices.

June 14, 2021

Three Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) trainings will be offered to beef producers and agri-business professionals needing to obtain or renew their BQA certification.  All of the early July trainings will be 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a light lunch at the following locations: July 6 – Crossroads Pavilion Event Center – 301 34th Ave., Sheldon; July 7 – Parkview Event Center – 1303 10th St., Rock Valley; and July 9 – Marcus Community Center – 319 N. Main St., Marcus.

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

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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