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Instructor Talking in a woodland area. Iowa Master Woodland Steward Program Offered
January, 2023

Two offerings of MWSP will occur in spring 2023. The first offering will be led by the Cerro Gordo and Mitchell County offices of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO), and the second led by Lee County ISUEO. The programs will run from early-April to mid-May, 2023 (specific dates forthcoming), and will entail seven educational modules spread over a six-week period. You do not need to be a resident of host counties to participate. 

Woman going through paperwork while standing amongst her crops. Crop Insurance Resouces for Small, Organic Producers
January, 2023

Two new resources from the Center for Rural Affairs describe coverage options available for small and organic operations—the Micro Farm program and Contract Price Option, respectively.

Toy tractor facing stacks of coins that gradually get taller from left to right. End-of-the-Year Tax Considerations
January, 2023

Crop and livestock farmers who are working on preparing their 2022 income tax returns can review two useful documents for end-of-year determinations.

Chickens walking around and eating in a grassy area. Rising Egg Prices Lead to Increased Interest in Backyard Chickens
January, 2023

The high prices for eggs at the retail case have many considering starting a small backyard poultry flock in the spring. If you are considering adding a backyard flock to your small farm, acreage or backyard, start your planning now.

Three Morel Mushrooms growing in a green area. Wild-harvested Mushroom Certification Classes Set for Spring
January, 2023

Training will help mushroom handlers distinguish which ones are safe to eat.