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Farmer Perspectives on 4R Plus, Cover Crops, and Soil Health - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
This report focuses largely on Iowa farmers’ perspectives regarding a major nutrient management effort called the 4R Plus initiative, a science-based framework designed to guide improved nutrient management among farmers. The initiative is promoted by a coalition of more than 50 public and private agricultural stakeholders and conservation NGOs.
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2021 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers. The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to farmers and agricultural stakeholders across Iowa and the Midwest. Except for 2019, the Farm Poll has been conducted every year since its establishment in 1982, and is the longest-running survey of its kind in the nation. The project is supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.

The 2021 Farm Poll questionnaires were mailed in February to a statewide panel of 1,781 farmers. Completed surveys were received from 1,095 farmers, resulting in a response rate of 61.5%.

This year’s survey contained questions about community vitality, the impacts of COVID-19, renewable energy, carbon markets, perspectives on the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, and use of various media for information and entertainment.
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2020 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers. The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to farmers and agricultural stakeholders across Iowa and the Midwest. Except for 2019, the Farm Poll has been conducted every year since its establishment in 1982, and is the longest-running survey of its kind in the nation. The project is supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.
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2018 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results for the 2018 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discuss quality of life and farm financial well-being, rented land and who leads conservation efforts on rented land, and how the use of conservation practices has changed from 2016 to 2018. It also examines farmer attitudes on precision agriculture.
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2017 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results for the 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discuss weed and herbicide resistance management, soil health, use of small grains in extended rotations, the influence of agricultural stakeholders on farmers' decisions and decision making among multiple farm operators.
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2016 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 farmers trust is also examined.
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2015 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 on soil conservation efforts and their perceptions of those practices.
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2014 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 farmers, farm family succession plans, opinions about retirement decisions, use of professional advisers for agricultural decision making (i.e., fertilizer program development, pest and crop disease management, soil and water conservation), the use of information technology, and rural quality of life.
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Farmer Perspectives on Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The intended purpose is to help stakeholders in the agricultural community and beyond understand where farmers stand on the nutrient reduction strategy to inform outreach actions.
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Farmer Perspectives on Pesticide Resistance - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 resistance, use of various resistance management practices, and the perceived effectiveness of those practices.
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2013 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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, herbicide-resistant weeds, Bt-resistant corn rootworm, soil health and compaction.
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2012 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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, agricultural information, uses of communication technology, concern about resistance in pests, and certified conservation farmers.
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Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers
Learn how research on cover crops as a means toward maintaining and increasing soil productivity, also reduce agriculture's environmental impacts.

Based on data from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2010 Summary Report.
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2011 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
This report summarizes the results of the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: climate change, conservation, agricultural drainage, internet use, balancing budgets and what is in a name.
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2010 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Highlights from the 2010 farm and rural life poll include: community life and neighboring, changes in perceptions over time, population loss and agritourism.
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Farmers' Views on Conservation Funding and Iowa's Water and Land Legacy Amendment - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
As a supplement to the annual farm and rural life poll, this survey looks specifically at a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution which would create a dedicated fund called the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
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2009 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Highlights from the 2009 farm and rural life poll include: the next generation of farmers, farm policy and commodity production, mixed livestock and grain farming, farming and food systems in rural communities, value-added agriculture, targeted conservation, nutrient removal wetlands, and personal and financial well-being.
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2008 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Highlights from the 2008 farm poll include discussion of quality of life, financial well-being, and community satisfaction and vitality. Population changes in rural communities also is presented.
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2007 Survey Report on Grain Storage and Transportation - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
This report on grain transportation and storage in Iowa is one of three supplemental publications that expand on the data collected in the 2007 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
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2007 Survey Report on Iowa Farmers' Views on the Bioeconomy - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
This report on the views of Iowa farmers on the bioeconomy is one of three supplemental publications that expand on the data collected in the 2007 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
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2007 Survey Report on Farmer Entrepreneurship - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
This report on the nature of farm businesses in Iowa is one of three supplemental publications that expand on the data collected in the 2007 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
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2007 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Data collected in the 2007 survey of 1,000 Iowa farmers provide insight into their opinions on where the bioeconomy is headed. Supplemental reports available on this web site provide additional detail.
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2006 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Report on Iowa farmers' opinions on energy costs, quality of life, relations with neighbors, environmental quality related to livestock operations, Internet access and use, and more.
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2005 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 economic development programs, methamphetamine production and addiction, and the ability of ISU Extension to meet farmers’ needs.
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2004 Summary Report Part 1 - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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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2004 Summary Report Part 2 - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding quality of life.
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2003 Summary Report - Iowa Rural Life Survey
Find out what more than 2,000 rural, non-farm Iowans think about the social and economic climate in the state.
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2003 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Highlights include opinions on community well-being, quality of life, and sense of community. Questions were also asked about biotechnology, food safety, GMOs, and more.
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2002 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results from almost 2,000 farmers in 2002 regarding crop and livestock issues and quality of life in Iowa.
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2001 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Highlights regarding community and economic development, among other survey questions, as reported in this 2001 summary.
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2000 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results from nearly 5,000 farmers in 2000 highlighted the following topics: biotechnology, food safety and health, transgenic hybrids, average distance traveled to obtain services (business, community, etc.), recreational and leisure activities, minority and immigrant issues, alternative livestock production, financial conditions, and quality of life.
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1999 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Results of the 1999 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll with the primary focus on how farm families are coping with current conditions and what they expect in the next decade.
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1998 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Results of the 1998 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll; highlights include information technology on Iowa farms, opinions on economic development, ranking of state and national issues, precision farming, quality of life, and issues surrounding the livestock industry.
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1997 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Results of the 1997 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll regarding risk, health issues, perceptions of well-being, job and work satisfaction, perceived financial situation, new technologies, and off-farm employment.
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1996 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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 Extension, and threats to groundwater.
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1994 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results on commodity programs, pesticide use, quality of the farming life, community development, and more.
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1993 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Learn what the annual survey of Iowa producers has to say in 1993 about issues impacting agriculture.
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1992 Summary Report - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
Survey results for the 1992 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern expansion of the livestock industry, state land ownership laws, farmers’ perceptions on quality of life, and farm financial conditions.
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