Farm Management

Local Highlights

October 14, 2020
Use the coming chilly weather to cool your stored grain. Run bin aeration fans when outdoor air is 10-15 degrees cooler than the grain. Repeat cooling cycles until grain temperature is below 40 degrees. More details at https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/shawn-shouse/cool-stored-grain-now
August 28, 2020

The 2020 theme for Preparedness Month is, “Disasters don’t wait.  Make your plan today.”  We learned this lesson acutely 2 weeks ago when we had only 30-40 minutes notice of our inland hurricane. 

Row crops
July 13, 2020
Topics will focus on pest management for late summer
Honey
June 25, 2020
The nutrition/wellnes and horticulture team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continue the quickinar series with a look at the role of pollinators and honey production
May 10, 2016
FAQ about Iowa's Hemp Law.  The 2018 Farm Bill opened the door for commercial hemp production in the U.S. by legalizing it as an agricultural commodity and removing it from the list of federally controlled substances. It also gave states and the federal government shared regulatory authority over hemp production. But can Iowa farmers legally grow it?  

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.

  • 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.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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