Farm Management

Local Highlights

July 2, 2021

Altoona, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting twelve in-person farmland lease meetings across 12 sites in Central Iowa in late July and August.  Meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Gladbrook, Grinnell, Ames, Altoona, Knoxville, Newton, Adel, Ogden, Winterset, and Indianola.  Additionally, a $10, one-hour Central Iowa webinar is planned for Friday, August 20th from Noon – 1 p.m.  

May 28, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a pasture walk in Story County on June 29 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Whitaker Ranch, 26466 Sandhill Trail, Ames, IA.  This event is for anyone interested in learning more about pasture management, forage production, and cattle grazing.

May 27, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a herbicide resistance management field day on June 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the A. Knaphus farm located one mile south of McCallsburg on County Road S27.

Herbicide resistance in weeds is a major challenge faced by all producers. When weeds cannot be killed, farmers are often required to apply additional herbicide or adopt different management strategies that may cost them more money. Recent research at Iowa State showed that a change in corn herbicide program could reduce waterhemp emergence in soybean by 75%. This field day aims to educate farmers on effectively managing weeds before they become a major problem.

July 13, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson, will host two Private Pesticide Applicator recertification trainings at the Story County Fairgrounds on August 24 and 27.  Pre-registrations well be required for these trainings at least two days in advance of the meeting. The training was canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification deadline was extended to September 30, 2020.

June 25, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach has recieved a Service Enterprise certification! Story County Extension will be equipped to engage and manage volunteers more effectively to meet community needs.

Farm Management Updates from

Farm Management Specialist, Steve Johnson are available here:

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

Statewide Resources

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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.

  • A look at the value of land in Iowa through annual survey results and additional resources for decision makers.

  • 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 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

  • On a mission is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs that expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management, and support the community of women in agriculture. 

  • The Iowa Pork Industry Center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.

  • The Iowa Beef Center works 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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