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Drainage Water Quality Impacts of Various In-field Nutrient Management Practices: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
This publication discusses the results of in-field nutrient management practice research conducted at the Iowa State University Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm.
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Drainage Water Quality Impacts of Various In-field Nutrient Management Practices: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
This publication discusses the results of in-field nutrient management practice research conducted at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm.
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Ecology and management of European corn borer in Iowa field corn
European corn borer has been a significant pest of Iowa field corn since the 1940s. This publication discusses the European corn borer life cycle, injury caused to corn and management options with a
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Drainage Water Quality Impacts of Various In-field Nutrient Management Practices: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
This publication discusses the results of in-field nutrient management practice research conducted at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm.
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For Farm and Agribusiness Management Strategies and Information...
There is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and agribusiness management field specialist near you.
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Proven Yields and Insurance Units for Crop Insurance
The first step in developing a crop risk management program for a farm is to establish the proven yield and unit structure. Descriptions and examples of determining actual production history (APH) ar
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Flexible Farm Lease Agreements
This publication provides information needed to develop flexible farm lease agreements, where the actual rent is not determined until after the crop is harvested. Included is a flexible lease agreeme
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What Drives Quality of Life in Iowa Small Towns?
What makes a community an attractive place to live? This publication explores that question in Iowa small towns. It looks at current perceptions of quality of life, how that quality of life has change
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Iowa CSA Farms: 2017 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa
This directory lists 105 Iowa farms that operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises, with contact information, website links, available produce and distribution range shown for each far
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Improving Your Farm Lease Contract
This publication provides information to use when creating a farm lease contract. Sections include: Reasons for farm leases Factors that influence leasing terms Evaluating the farm lease agre
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Herbicide options for Palmer amaranth in CRP
Research is ongoing regarding herbicide control methods for Palmer amaranth. The Farm Service Agency is working to approve broadcast herbicide applications to be used in CRP land. This publication dis
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Your Net Worth Statement
Learn how to write and analyze your farm's net worth statement.
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Your Farm Income Statement
Income figures from your tax return may not accurately measure the economic performance of your farm. Learn more about the information needed to prepare an income statement. See a sample net farm in
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Farm Financial Statements
The financial position and performance of a farm business can be summarized by four financial statements. Find out more about a net worth statement, net income statement, statement of cash flows, an
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2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey
Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates. This information is based on a sur
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2016 Summary Report
Survey results for the 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discuss conservation practice use, changes in farming practices and strategies and monarch butterfly conservation. Information sources farmer
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part A: Sourcing Meat for Schools in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part B: Pork-to-School in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part C: Beef-to-School in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Solar photovoltaic energy for agricultural operations - Farm Energy
The popularity of generating electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays is growing. Iowa is in the top third of states for harnessing energy from the sun. A combination of new technology, signifi
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Rural Iowa at a Glance 2016 Edition
This publication summarizes current demographic, economic, and social trends in rural Iowa from 2005-2015. It is modeled after the USDA's Rural America at a Glance, showing how Iowa metro, micropolita
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Adding solar electrical generation to a farm with grain drying and electrical heating
This case study explores the possibility of constructing a solar array on a farm. Sizing and construction, system performance, energy generation and cost benefits are primary topics of discussion.
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Farm Machinery Selection
This publication helps farm managers choose the proper machine size and estimate machinery cost.
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2016 Iowa Land Value Survey
This annual survey includes information on the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa by county and how the current year's numbers compare to years past. Additional information can be found
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2015 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns
Provides detailed costs and returns to well-managed, full-time Iowa farms. The values presented are averages. Topics covered include assets and liabilities, income and expenses, efficiency factors, cr
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Suggested Closing Inventory Prices For 2016 Records
This two-page sheet lists values of farm commodities at the end of calendar year 2015 for use in tax reporting.
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Income Trends for Iowa Farms and Farm Families 2003-2015
To better understand how the downturn in the farm economy has impacted Iowa farmers and farm families, this study summarizes current trends in farm income and debt by type of farm operation.
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BRaNDS Promotional Brochure
BRaNDS is a series of highly developed Microsoft Excel© spreadsheet programs that use the net energy and metabolizable protein systems to help producers and agri-business professionals balance rations
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Iowa Farms: From Strong to Vulnerable in a Year?
This publication examines how liquidity and solvency changed between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 for a panel of 316 farm business in Iowa. Data are obtained from the Iowa Farm Business Associa
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2016 Yellow book for soybean aphid
This publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates, based on research conducted at two northern Iowa research farms in 2016. In addition to treatment techniques, t
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Iowa Drainage Guide
This publication provides guidelines for drainage improvements installed on Iowa's agricultural land. It provides legal, soil management, and engineering information to farmers, engineers, contractor
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Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting 2016 Income Tax Returns
Estimated deductible costs for use in adjusting farm expenses to exclude the cost of producing home-consumed farm produce.
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Household Income Trends in Iowa and the U.S., 2005-2015: Rural versus Urban Differences
In September 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report on income and poverty in urban and rural American. This report was widely commented upon by national media outlets. However, there was littl
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Make Food Safety a Priority at Your Farmers Market Booth
Keeping food safe while operating a booth during a farmers market is critical to the success of a commercial operation. This publication discusses the ways to keep food clean and safe as it moves from
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Farm Financial Planning Program
This publication describes the one-on-one farm financial computer analysis service available from ISU Extension to assist farm operators in assessing cash flow and profitability in a format often requ
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Iowa Farm Financial Conditions in 2015
This publication examines the financial performance of a group of farm business in 2015. The analysis focuses on: farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structu
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Poultry Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the poultry industry is divided. Describe how various production poultry are managed. Explain the different types of housing used for poultry prod
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Gifts: Resources to help our next generation of farmers - Beginning Farmer Center
Beginning Farmer Center resources offer farmers information with which to make management decisions. This one-page fact sheet gives information about the pros and cons of giving farm assets to the nex
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Production Animal Digestion and Nutrition Module
Not every type of animal can adequately process and utilize the nutrients in all types of feedstuffs. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the various digestive systems found in producti
Beef Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the beef cattle industry is divided and name key personnel in each division. Differentiate between management strategies at each stage of beef cat
Dairy Industry Module
The learning objectives discussed: Recognize how the dairy cattle industry is divided. Sequentially list the stages of dairy cattle production and how various dairy cattle production animals are manag
Swine Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the swine industry is divided. Differentiate between management strategies at each stage of swine production. Explain different types of housing u
Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production
Organic production and consumption has increased to a $39.5 billion industry in the United States with over 22,000 organic farmers. Over 5.4 million acres are in organic production in the U.S., includ
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Grain Drying Economics Module
Climate conditions in the upper Midwest states make it necessary for most corn harvested for grain to be dried artificially. Grain producers are faced with a variety of choices when it comes to market
Grain Storage Economics Module
Storage is a primary method to ration the use of commodity corn and soybeans once harvested, throughout the marketing year. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative an
Corn and soybean Field Guide
This revised, 158-page pocket-sized guide (3-3/4" x 6") combines the Corn Field Guide and Soybean Field Guide in one publication for ease of use by corn and soybean farmers, agronomists, and
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Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)
Use this form to save time and effort you would otherwise spend drafting your own cash rent agreement. This short form outlines what needs to be agreed upon. This editable PDF can be filled out online
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Corn and soybean Field Guide (Unit=25)
This revised, 158-page pocket-sized guide (3-3/4" x 6") combines the Corn Field Guide and Soybean Field Guide in one publication for ease of use by corn and soybean farmers, agronomists, an
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Iowa Farm Lease
Full legal document for determining the nature and conditions of a farm lease. This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, then printed; or it can be downloaded, printed and completed manual
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Estimating Field Capacity of Farm Machines
Includes ways to figure a machine's theoretical field capacity (TFC), effective field capacity (EFC), and field efficiency (FE).
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Midwest Farmer Adaptive Management Responses to Perceptions of Excess Water-related Risks
A helpful handout for discussing variables that may influence farmer decisions regarding on-farm management practices, such as the decision to plant or not plant cover crops. This handout is based on
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Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets
These estimated costs and returns for organic crops are based on data from an Iowa State University research farm in southwest Iowa. They were modified to more accurately reflect average Iowa result
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Day of Calving
Management and housing play a significant role in the dam’s ability to express her maternal behavior before and after calving, allowing the dam to successfully transition to the milking string. The ca
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Calving Process and Assistance
Calving brings new life to a dairy farm, a new calf is born, and a new lactation begins for the cow. These great beginnings start with managing the calving process successfully.
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2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll Summary Report
Survey results for the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern soil health, changes in farm practices and strategies, conservation practice use and monarch butterfly conservation. Questions focused
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Control of Calf Diarrhea (Scours) in Midwest Beef Cattle Farms
Scours is the main cause of disease and death in calves 2-30 days of age. Identifying and treating clinical signs early will allow producers to minimize widespread injury to the herd. Prevention is ke
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Benchmarking Energy Usage for Swine Producers
Understanding energy consumption in swine facilities can help managers know how much energy is being used and how much should be used. Tools for calculating optimal energy use are included in the publ
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2015 Yellow book for soybean aphid
This publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates, based on research conducted at two northern Iowa research farms in 2015. In addition to treatment techniques
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Social Wasps and Bees in the Upper Midwest
Are you interested in having more bees in your garden? Are wasps buzzing around your pop can? Learn about their life cycles, what they feed on, and where they nest. The behavior and biology of the mos
Farm Energy: Case Studies - Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings
Across Iowa’s farmland, the purchase of diesel fuel for field operations is the greatest single expense for direct energy consumption. In many cases when a tractor is required, helpful strategies are
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Campus Beautiful: Shaping the Aesthetic Identity of Iowa State University
Over a decade in the making, the Campus Beautiful publication presents a strikingly illustrated overview of the origins and development of Iowa State’s campus landscape, architecture, and public art c
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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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Farmer Perspectives on Agricultural Practices, Information, and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 2
This second atlas (Volume 2) provides additional results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' specific behaviors, beliefs about climate and weat
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Views From the Field: Farmers on Changing Weather Patterns (Video)
In 2014, farmers across the Midwest were stepping up to the challenge of a more variable climate and extreme weather events. Hear several of them talk about their experiences and the practices they ha
Corn Belt farmers' concerns about water-related threats to farm viability
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect soil
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about drought and heat-related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about drought- and heat-related threats to their farm operations
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about pest and disease related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect pests
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Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems
Vegetable production systems require inputs and if not managed properly could have detrimental effects on soil and the environment. Cover crops are gaining importance and growers can used them as a be
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - Farmer Perspectives on Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
This report presents survey results from the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll focused on farmer perspectives on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science and technology-based approach used to
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ISU Crop Marketing Information
Online resources from Iowa State University to help market crops including fact sheets, spreadsheets and the Iowa Commodity Challenge all contained on the ISU Ag Decision Maker web page. Other sources
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
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
Developing a Crop Marketing Plan
Learn how to put together a proactive strategy to price your crop. Such a plan might include your cost of production, financial goals, cash flow needs, price objectives, time objectives, grain storage
Sulfur Management for Iowa Crop Production
Summary of statewide evaluation in Iowa of alfalfa and corn yield response to applied sulfur fertilizers. On-farm, small-plot and field-length strip trial yield response data presented from 2005-2013.
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Farmer attitudes toward farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to four questions posed to farmers, about the need for farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability. The questions were a part of
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On-Farm Study Researches Novozymes Fermentation Spent Residuals
The Novozymes enzyme-manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, produces enzymes through aerobic fermentation of non-pathogenic and non-toxigenic microorganisms. The process generates a solid byproduc
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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 Farm and Rural Life Poll: Farmer Perspectives on Pesticide Resistance
Survey results for the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern farmers’ perceptions on pesticide resistance. Questions focused on farmer experience with resistant weeds and rootworms, concern about
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2014 Farm Bill: Terms to Know
The 2014 Farm Bill covers many areas and includes terms you may have heard before. This publication helps to define the many terms, phrases, and organizations involved in the Farm Bill.
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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - Encouraging a Friend to Seek Professional Help
Loss, grief, or depression can immobilize a person, making it hard for the individual to look realistically at a situation or to take action. It’s important for friends or family members not to ignore
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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - How to Help "When You Don’t Know What to Say"
When a friend or relative experiences trouble, such as a death in the family, financial losses, divorce, or serious illness, it’s easier to stay away or remain silent than it is to help because you do
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Manage stress to increase farm safety -- Safe Farm
Farming often is listed as one of the most stressful occupations. This publication will help you recognize things many farmers consider stressful, common symptoms of stress, and effective ways to man
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Managing Farm Family Finances
Many farm families find it difficult to know how much to spend each month for family living needs. Income may be both irregular and unpredictable and there are important differences in managing farm f
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2014 Farm Bill Analyzer: Data and Methods
The ISU Farm Bill Analyzer is an educational tool to help Iowa corn and soybean farmers make informed decisions regarding the reallocation of base acres and election of a commodity program for the lif
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New Safety Net: PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced several changes to the commodity programs available through the FSA and created a new insurance program to complement one commodity program through the RMA. This publi
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New Safety Net: SCO
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), a new endorsement to farm-level crop insurance policies available through the Common Crop Insurance program (COMBO). The public
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Obesity Risks Among Latino Immigrants in Rural Iowa
A policy brief focused on the experiences, challenges, and health outcomes of first-generation Latino immigrants and their families in rural Iowa. The brief details environmental factors effecting obe
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Energy consumption during grain drying
A two-year case study at the Iowa State University research and teaching farms near northeast, central, and southwest measured propane and electricity consumption for grain drying during 2013 and 2014
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Manure Storage & Handling - Solids Separation Overview
Solid-liquid separation is the partial removal of organic and inorganic solids from animal manures. This separation makes the liquid waste stream easier to handle and increases the life of manure sto
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Farmer's Tax Guide: For use in preparing 2015 Returns
This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return. The explanations and examples in
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Armstrong
A recent case study at the ISU Southwest Research and Demonstration Farm measured the fuel savings for techniques such as reducing tillage depth and using the 'shift up, throttle back' strategy to imp
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From Parity to Polarization: Iowa Income Inequality 1970-2012
The report tracks income inequality across Iowa counties between 1970 and 2012, with comparisons between metro-rural Iowa and the U.S.. Socioeconomic conditions related to inequality in Iowa are ex
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2014 Farm Bill: Dairy Provisions
The Agricultural Act of 2014 will bring changes including a new program for dairy producers. The Agricultural Act has multiple programs that can benefit dairy producers, but the highlight is the Marg
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Revenue Protection Crop Insurance
Details are provided on a risk management tool, crop revenue insurance, that guarantees a certain level of revenue rather than just production. The guarantee is based on market prices and the actual
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Corn Belt Farmers' Adaptation to Increased Precipitation
Authors discuss and illustrate the complexity of on-farm management decisions and what influences their decisions, based on their research for the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn Project. Lois Wright Mo
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Scientists Explore Crop Management Options for Storing Soil Carbon
Article explains how some researchers are studying on-farm practices that are likely to increase carbon storage in soil. Lynn Laws is a communications specialist for Iowa State University and for t
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Resilient Agriculture
This publication for farmers, farm advisors and agricultural teachers contains articles about some of the findings of a USDA-NIFA-funded project researching ways to make corn-soybean systems more resi
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Machinery Sharing Manual for Fruit and Vegetable Producers
This manual discusses operational and organizational issues related to sharing farm machinery for fruit and vegetable production. It includes five real-life case studies of growers who shared equipmen
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Managing Stress in Later Life Families -- Stress: Taking Charge
As your family grows older, new stresses can occur. This publication addresses changing relationships with your spouse, adult children, and grandchildren; managing resources; how grief and lonelines
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Iowa Farmers' Nitrogen Management Practices and Perspectives
The 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers about their nitrogen management practices and perspectives. Their responses, detailed in this report, can guide efforts to reduce nutrient loss.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Nashua
A recent case study at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm looked at techniques such as shifting to a higher gear and pulling back on the tractor's throttle as a way to
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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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Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms
Provides information about typical income levels generated by Iowa farms. Also illustrates other important measures and ratios that can help you evaluate the profitability, liquidity, and solvency of
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Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012
Dramatic changes in farm income and land value occurred between 2007 and 2012, altering many established trends in farmland ownership. This study, Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012, docume
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Economics of Harvesting and Transporting Corn Stover
Consider the economic factors involved when deciding to harvest corn stover. Includes estimated costs involved in windrowing, baling, collecting/handling, and transporting. Also includes custom rates
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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projec
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2013 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: climate change, rented land, herbic
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Transferring Ownership of Farm Machinery
There are five basic methods to transfer ownership of farm machinery. This publication details those options.
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Lease Supplement for Investing in Improvements on a Rented Farm
The purpose of this lease supplement is to encourage cooperation between tenants and landlords to obtain needed improvements, facilities, and buildings on a rented farm.
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Food Pantry Produce Donations - Grower Information
Donations from local fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. This publication provides information to growers about safe on-farm food practices and information to food pantry worke
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Cover Cropping at the Homestead (Video)
Jason Jones, Iowa farmer, discusses selection and rotation of cover crops to complement different vegetable crops. Jones farms at The Homestead's 8-acre CSA farm. The Homestead is a human resource
Plot Design Options for On-Farm Cover Crop Trials (Video)
Mark Licht, extension field agronomist, Iowa State University, discusses recommendations and considerations when setting up cover crop field trials. This is an informational video for field specialist
Know laws about youth farm workers -- Safe Farm
Safer working conditions provided by state and federal child labor laws protect Iowa's youth. Know the laws.
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Use Tractors with ROPS to Save Lives -- Safe Farm
Tractors are common to all farm operations and are the major cause of death in agriculture today. Rollover protective structures are cabs or frames that provide a safe environment for the tractor oper
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How to use reflective and fluorescent tape to increase visibility
Recommendations and instructions on the use of reflective and fluorescent tape to increase visibility of farm vehicles.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: The Role of Farm Families in Local Community Philanthropy
This publication provides a summary of Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll research results on the role of farm families in local community philanthropy.
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LIFE Lessons Newsletters
LIFE Lessons is a set of eight newsletters (4 Fitness and Nutrition; 4 Social Wellness) that are part of the Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) physical activity progr
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ISU FARM Research Report 2012
Progress report on 2012 on-farm research trials conducted through Iowa State University's Farmer Assisted Research and Management (F.A.R.M.) program.
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On-farm Food Safety: Cleaning and Sanitizing Guide
Suggested checklists, standard procedures, and schedules to document proper on-farm cleaning and sanitizing practices.
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Keep active farmers safe in later life -- Safe Farm
Agricultural injury data show a high proportion of cases that involve farmers 65 years of age or older. Find out how to recognize age-related risk factors and modify activities to be safer.
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Reduce farm accident risks on roads -- Safe Farm
Learn ways to avoid accidents when transporting farm equipment on public roads.
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Severe weather tips for farmers -- Safe Farm
Information on dealing with tornadoes, winter storms, excessive heat, and thunderstorms.
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Farm Emergency and first aid kits -- Safe Farm
Here are tips on dealing with a medical emergency on the farm, plus detailed items to have in speciality first aid kits.
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Lungs need protection from farm dust -- Safe Farm
Exposure to grain dust, molds, pollen, animal dander, soil dust, welding fumes, and diesel exhaust can lead to serious respiratory problems. Find out how to reduce your risks.
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Extra riders mean extra dangers -- Safe Farm
This publication discusses serious risks for extra riders and suggests how to eliminate those risks.
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Play it safe with anhydrous ammonia -- Safe Farm
Here's a look at anhydrous ammonia -- ways Iowans are exposed to it and how to avoid these situations, its properties and first aid treatment, as well as Iowa regulations regarding its transport.
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Reduce risks around big round bales -- Safe Farm
This publication reviews common hazards posed by the harvest and handling of large round bales, and suggests procedures that can reduce those hazards.
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Remember sun safety in the field -- Safe Farm
Learn more about sun exposure and ways to reduce your risk, with hats, clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
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Match age, abilities to farm chores -- Safe Farm
Here are some general guidelines for adults to use when providing supervision, assigning chores, and teaching about safety in ways that are appropriate for a youth's age and abilities.
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Lend an ear to hearing protection -- Safe Farm
Information on when to consider protecting your hearing, and how to do it.
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Manure storage poses invisible risk -- Safe Farm
This publication discusses five common gases found in manure storage facilities, and other hidden dangers.
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How to respond to farm injuries -- Safe Farm
First response is critical in farm-related injuries. Learn what to do in several different injury scenarios.
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Reduce fires with electrical safety -- Safe Farm
Most electrical fires in the home begin in plugs or cords on appliances. Discover tips for preventing home fires. Also, learn about preparing a family exit plan.
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Evaluate equipment for dangers -- Safe Farm
The most serious injuries and fatalities on the farm involve machinery and equipment. This publication deals with danger points on agricultural equipment, those areas that can entangle, pinch, crush,
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Harvest safety yields big dividends -- Safe Farm
Harvest can be a dangerous season. Almost half of farm injuries occur in August, September, October, and November. Learn about the dangers of harvest equipment, entanglement, and falling hazards.
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Use SMV emblems for your safety -- Safe Farm
Transporting agricultural equipment on public roads can be dangerous. Learn about emblem use, laws, and maintenance.
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Electrocution hazards on the farm -- Safe Farm
Farm workers can reduce their risks of electrocution by knowing how they can unknowingly come in contact with electricity. This publication focuses on electrical hazards posed by overhead power lines
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Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities
Completely revised and updated to reflect 2005 ASABE Standards and the 2005 NEC (National Electric Code), it shows and explains materials and methods for assessing and installing electrical wiring in
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Healthy Hearts: How to Monitor Fat and Cholesterol
The health habits children learn can reduce their risk for heart disease later in life.
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Abandoned wells pose safety hazards -- Safe Farm
Iowa law requires wells abandoned since April 1990 to be plugged within 90 days of abandonment. Find out more here.
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Make Sure Drinking Water Is Safe -- Safe Farm
It's recommended that you test well water for coliform bacteria and nitrate at least once a year. Check out the details.
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Work toward Zero Pesticide Storage -- Safe Farm
By implementing a few key management strategies presented here, most farmers may achieve Zero Pesticide Storage in two or three years.
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Keep Gloves Handy for Pesticide Work -- Safe Farm
Tips for choosing the right gloves.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2012 Summary Report
The 2012 Summary Report of the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll includes data gathered from Iowa farm families related to rural communities. Topics covered include land values, quality of life, agricultu
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Exploring Climate Change Beliefs
This fact sheet describes some research findings about how farmer beliefs and perceptions about climate change influence on-farm decisions. Great teaching resource as well as a handout for use wit
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Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs
Handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0179 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 field sites and thousands of farme
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Exploring Climate Change Beliefs (Video)
Jonathan Hobbs, PhD Graduate Student, Iowa State University, describes his research regarding farmer beliefs and perception about climate change and how those influence on-farm decisions. Thi
Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs (Speed Science Video)
John Tyndall, assistant professor, Iowa State University, discusses qualitative research being conducted to better understand farm producer needs and costs associated with adopting management practice
Energy efficiency for dairy milking equipment - Farm Energy
Dairy farms often use more energy for day-to-day operations than other farmsteads, especially electricity. Scroll compressors, milk precoolers, refrigeration heat recovery, and variable frequency driv
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Conserving energy by using localized heating in swine housing - Farm Energy
Using heat lamps, heat mats, and brooders for localized heating can improve energy efficiency in swine housing. Learn about small adjustments and management considerations for implementing localized h
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