Farm Management

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John Deere combine in soybean field
November 11, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- The year 2020 brought many challenges and uncertainties to the world, and agriculture most definitely felt the impact.Wild price swings, supply chain disruptions and economic hardships caused farmers across Iowa to review their finances and operating plan in great detail.During these difficult times – and any time farmers are looking for financial advice, they can turn to the Farm Financial Planning Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

tractor and grain cart unloading soybeans
September 24, 2020

 Tax preparers and advisers in Iowa and Wisconsin can plan ahead for the annual tax school offered by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.  The program will be offered on select dates from Nov. 10 through Dec. 15, with the traditional two-day option, or the option to complete the training in four morning or four afternoon sessions, depending on preference. Participants will be eligible for 16 hours of continuing professional education credits.

John Deere planter in field
July 23, 2020

In the midst of the turmoil, agricultural production continues and along with that, decisions regarding farmland rental arrangements. With ongoing concerns to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialists will provide educational materials on farmland leasing in a variety of ways intended to reach individuals in the method most accessible.

December 20, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues to provide educational opportunities for women across the state to be more informed about the finances on the farm. Tama County Extension is offering Women Managing Farm Finances beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, and continuing Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $40. Classes will be held at the Extension Office in Toledo, Iowa.

November 1, 2019

 Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.

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

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.

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