Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. The goal is to get a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Information collected includes land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, and expenditures.
Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's farm financial analysis program. The program helps you evaluate your farm business and determine whether or not a change is desirable. It provides an in-depth plan for the farm business so operators and lenders can make decisions for the future.
Are you a food producer who’s considering whether to sell your products to wholesale markets? MarketReady is a one-day workshop to help Iowa farmers sell food to restaurants, grocery stores, food service buyers, and schools.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has the resources and tools to help farmers make informed decisions when it comes to the economic management of their farm business.
Interpreting a soil report can seem like a daunting task to do yourself but it does not have to be.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act preserved like-kind exchange treatment for real property, but eliminated it for personal property. Today, we take an initial look at what that means for farmers or other taxpayers looking to trade equipment or livestock in 2018.
Getting an agricultural land loan requires a wealth of information, and it is invaluable for a borrower to know what a lender is looking for. AgAmerica Lending’s Chief Credit Officer, Jackie Toenes lends her considerable expertise in explaining the 5 Cs of Credit and how they apply to land lending below.
The Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) plan is designed to provide crop insurance to diverse specialty crop farmers. It is intended to provide protection across all farming enterprises including livestock, specialty crops and aquaculture.
Producers currently selling directly to consumers through roadside stands, Community Supported Ag (CSAs), or farmers' markets may be interested in establishing relationships with retailers or foodservice distributors, as well. Distributors provide access to larger markets that do not routinely trade with producers. They also provide transportation and storage facilities that might be cost-prohibitive for producers. Producers can then reach a larger customer base that would be impractical by themselves.