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Iowa's Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment
Iowa's Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment provides a history of the statewide development of the community college system, through a focus on the individual coll
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2014 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey of farmers on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: the next generation of f
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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Cow-Calf Producers Summary
This summary of the 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclu
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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Feedlot Operators Summary
This summary of the 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclus
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Introduction to Crop Marketing
An overview of corn and soybean marketing including the four basic marketing tools: cash sales, forward contracts, futures and options. Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extensio
Basis, Futures Carry and the Cost of Storage
Learn about crop basis, futures carry and the cost of grain storage. Compare on-farm storage to commercial storage costs. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension fa
Marketing Fundamentals (Supply/Demand)
Examine the balance between crop supplies and crop demands that determine both futures and cash prices. Review of the major USDA crop reports that provide fundamental information.  Prese
Technical Chart Signals
Examine chart signals on futures charts such channel lines, sell and buy signals, resistance and support levels and moving averages. Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extensi
Crop Marketing Strategies
Learn to use a crop marketing matrix based on your expectation for futures prices and basis to determine appropriate strategies and tools. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State Universi
Marketing Tools: Futures
Review the role of futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) farmers can use to reduce crop price risk by hedging. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University E
Marketing Tools: Options
Understand the basics of both put and call options used for managing futures price risk. An option is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying futures contract. Pr
Midwest Climate and Specialty Crops
Specialty crop agriculture in the Midwest is an important and diverse industry, valued at $4.7 billion in 2012. The Midwest produces a wide variety of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, and
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Iowa Beef Center -- 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey
The 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey was conducted to identify growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The survey takes an in-depth look at Iowa cow-calf operations regardi
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Iowa Beef Center -- 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey
The 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey was conducted to identify growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The survey takes an in-depth look at Iowa feedlot operations regarding
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2017 Garden Calendar - Indoor Flower Power
For many, active gardening begins in spring and ends in autumn. But the indoor gardener reaps rewards year round. Each month of this beautiful calendar brings you striking, closeup photos of the endea
Money Math -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Figure out how your money will grow and compound, and how costs will increase to help you make informed decisions as you set retirement goals.
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Retirement Investment Options -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Learn about several tax-advantaged retirement plans -- their tax benefits and possible employer match.
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Soil Sample Information Sheet for Field Crops
Form to submit field crop soil sample information to the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory. Remember to keep a copy for yourself.
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Retirement Income: How Much Do You Need? -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Use this five step retirement income planner worksheet to take the mystery out of what you'll need.
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Estimating Your Retirement Expenses -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Get detailed help from this expense worksheet that considers early, mid, and late retirement needs.
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Where Will Money for Your Nest Egg Come From? -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Creating a written spending plan and living below your means are discussed to help you consider the choices you have for retirement income.
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Growing Your Nest Egg: Risk and Return -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
You have the most control over your savings and investments -- understand the risks and returns.
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Considering Early Retirement Options -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Several factors should be considered when making a decision about whether to accept an early retirement offer. Understanding those options will allow you to make the best decision possible.
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Retirement Transitions: Strategies for Retirement Income -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
There is more than one approach to arranging your financial resources for retirement, each with advantages and disadvantages. Learn more about income strategies to ensure a smooth financial transition
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Retirement Transitions: Required Minimum Distributions -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Tax-advantaged options for retirement saving and investing are designed to help people accumulate resources that will support them during retirement. Learn more about Required Minimum Distributions (R
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Retirement Transitions: Income Annuities -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Annuities can play a valuable role in structuring your retirement income, but they are fairly complex products and may come with high fees. Learn more about the types of annuities and pros and cons of
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Begin by Planning Today -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
When you consider your ideal retirement, cost is a factor. This publication covers the basics of financial planning, including the value of starting early, contributing often, and finding investments
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Picture Your Future -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
If you start planning now, you can customize your retirement picture. Ask yourself these important questions and begin working toward securing it today.
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Special Considerations for the Self-employed -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Find out how your retirement will be affected by your business, whether you transfer ownership, sell, or lease. Family-owned businesses have unique issues.
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Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Find out if your home is ready for your retirement: easy-visiting, easy-living, and easy on the budget.
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Legal Issues in Later Life -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Some decisions people make or do not make can impact their financial future or that of their loved ones. This publication is designed to help you think about some possible legal issues in later life.
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Retirement Transitions: Social Security -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Social Security has numerous options regarding when to file for retirement benefits that have very different consequences for a lifelong retirement income. Use the information in this publication to s
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Wellness in Retirement
Tips and techniques for staying healthy as we age, focusing on nutrition and fitness issues.
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Family Storyteller Brochure - Spanish
A young child's literacy and language skills represent the single best indicator of future school success. Use this brochure, available in Spanish, to promote Family Storyteller, an early literacy pro
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Family Storyteller Brochure
A young child's literacy and language skills represent the single best indicator of future school success. Find out more about Family Storyteller, an early literacy program designed for parents and yo
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Economic Importance of the Iowa Egg Industry - 2014 Update
Iowa leads the nation in egg production. This report explains the economic importance of the egg industry and why Iowa producers have a competitive advantage. It gives an overview of the state’s egg p
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MyPlate, My Health (Unit=pad of 100)
Your food and physical activity choices each day affect your health—how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. These tips and ideas are a starting point. Choose a change that you can make toda
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Recognize Limitations to Avoid Injury -- Safe Farm
Protect yourself and others with the facts about injuries from farm equipment. Compare human limitations to machinery speed and power, learn safety hazards, and get tips for safe machine operation and
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Say 'YES' to Family Meals
Enjoying a simple meal together strengthens family bonds and creates a routine that helps children feel more secure.
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2010 Annual Report
The economic downturn hit Iowa State University Extension hard in 2009. Facing a 10.7 percent cut in our state appropriations - some $4.15 million - we responded by restructuring our organiz
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2010 Partnering Together Report
Our mission is all about building partnerships and providing researchbased learning opportunities to improve quality of life in Iowa. To build and maintain partnerships, we have to be engaged and real
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Selecting a Grass Species for Iowa Lawns
No one type of grass species will thrive in all landscapes. Environmental conditions vary from one side of the state to the other. New, improved cultivars possess specific characteristics to counter t
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Money Talk A Financial Guide for Women workbook
This workbook discusses financial basics, insurance, investing, retirement planning, and planning for life events. This practical, clearly written guidebook is the work of two certified financial pla
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Safety and Health: How to Protect Yourself from Farm Dust - Disaster Recovery Series
Get information on common illnesses caused by breathing in molds/dust. Help also provided in selecting respirators.
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Safety and Health: What You Need to Know About Silo Gas, a Deadly Killer - Disaster Recovery Series
Here are answers to common questions about silo gas, how to recognize it, and protect yourself from its dangers.
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Managing Storm-Damaged Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Here are pruning tips for do-it-yourselfers or hiring hints if you bring in a professional.
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Home Landscape -- Understanding the Basics of Landscape Design
Whether you want to do-it-yourself or are working with a professional, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to understanding the design process. Color photos and diagrams show how to use basic d
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2005 Summary Report
The 2005 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked questions including future governmental support through the Farm Bill, the price of farmland, incentives for conservation, farm succession, state-level ec
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Home Insurance -- Money Mechanics
In case of disaster, buying home insurance is one way to protect yourself against having to risk replacing your home and personal possessions. Here’s help on choosing the right policies and coverage.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2004 Summary Report-Part 1
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding health insurance, future of farming, tax policy, water quality, and philanthropy.
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Air Quality and Animal Agriculture
This four-page publication documents past and current research efforts in air quality studies at Iowa State University. The publication also outlines plans for future air quality initiatives.
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Iowa Grain Quality Initiative
Worldwide emphasis on grain quality and the increasing use of value-added grains for a specific purpose hold tremendous opportunities for Iowa corn and soybean growers. The Iowa Grain Quality Initiat
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Music Project Guide -- 4-H and Youth Development
As you learn more about music, you probably will discover yourself enjoying it more. You can set your own goals for learning activities based on your interests and skills in music. As you set mus
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Farming: Special Considerations - Ready, Set, Retire
Farmers need to consider some unique situations regardng retirement. Read about setting retirement goals and estimating cost of living and income in retirement. Two worksheets are provided to help th
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Farming: Social Security Issues - Ready, Set, Retire
As a self-employed individual, a farm operator is covered by social security. This publication discusses social security issues for farmers prior to and after retirement.
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Farming: Investment Planning - Ready, Set, Retire
As farmland values and stock markets can be unstable, having all of a family’s investments in one venture is risky. This pamphlet presents issues in investment considerations before retirement and at
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Four Roads to the Future of Agriculture
Details on the future success of: commodity farms, product farms, direct market/specialty farms, and multiple-income farms.
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An Explanation of Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code - County Zoning in Iowa
Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code delegates zoning authority to counties, which helps give direction in developing and controlling future growth. This publication is a resource for Iowa county officials an
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Iowa Weather -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Weather affects nearly every aspect of our lives, either directly or indirectly. This publication talks about the effects weather has on agriculture, health, culture, recreation, energy, and wildlife
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Step 1: Getting Started - Two-Generation Farming Series
This first publication in the Two-Generation Farming series includes information on understanding the situation, how to plan for the future, critical success factors, the transfer process, transferr
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Energy in Iowa -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about studying energy, fuels we use, renewable energy resources, and environmental and economic connections in this Iowa Environmental Issues publication. Also revisit Iowa’s energy vision, the
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Coping with Unemployment -- Stress: Taking Charge / Cómo LIDIAR con el desempleo
The loss of a job can be devastating. Taking charge in those circumstances means taking stock of your resources to survive the immediate situation and bring about a positive future. To cope with unemp
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Understanding Risk in Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts - About Grain Contracting
Learn about the four main types of futures-based hedge-to-arrive contracts, ranging from a relatively simple two-decision version to much more complex types that require several decisions after the co
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 1996 Summary Report
Results of the 1996 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll regarding future of farming, farming satisfaction, community life and neighboring, quality of life, perceptions of financial conditions, evaluation of
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Weather Stripping and Caulking Doors and Windows
Learn about this money-saving do-it-yourself project from detailed instructions that include graphics, text, and a measuring chart.
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University Museums: Collections Handbook
The University Museums consist of collections made possible by the generous gifts of Iowa State alumni, friends and enlightened university leadership, all dedicated to the institution's commitment to
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