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Iowa Farm Transition Case Studies: Loomis Family Farm Transition
The Loomis family from northern Iowa has recently completed a successful family farm business transition to the next generation. The transition of their row crop and swine farm spanned the first 22 years of the younger generation's farming career, was well planned and implemented gradually.

This case study highlights the transition planning process and timeline, tools used, the older generation's estate plan, lessons learned, and the Loomis's advice for other farm families considering a farm business transition. Questions about the family's current situation and possible future of the farm are included for family or classroom discussions.
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Regulations and Licensing - Home Food Operations and Home Bakeries
State of Iowa regulations and licensing information related to food prepared at home and distributed to consumers. Guidelines focus on licensed home bakeries and unlicensed/unregulated home food operations.
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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 start considering social security options during the transition to retirement.
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Money Management Calendar 2017
Individuals and families can increase their money management skill by using this calendar regularly. It provides a place to list fixed, occasional and flexible expenses for each month of the year. These lists then provide a great start for building a budget and comparing year-to-year spending patterns.

This calendar is available from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).
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Decisions After a Death
It is difficult to make decisions or even know where to start after the death of someone close to you. Here are practical suggestions regarding financial and legal matters.
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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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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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Iowa Concern Hotline Magnet - Spanish
3.5" x 2" magnet with contact information for the Iowa Concern Hotline in Spanish.

Hotline provides 24-hour confidential assistance for stress issues, legal questions, and financial concerns.
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Iowa Concern Business card (Unit=Pkg of 50)
A bundle of 50 business cards, measuring 3.5" x 2", with contact information for the Iowa Concern Hotline.

Hotline provides free 24-hour confidential assistance for stress issues, legal questions, and financial concerns.

(previously known as ICH2)
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Iowa Concern Business card - Spanish (Unit=Pkg of 50)
A bundle of 50 business cards in Spanish, measuring 3.5" x 2", with contact information for the Iowa Concern Hotline.

Hotline provides free 24-hour confidential assistance for stress issues, legal questions, and financial concerns.
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Iowa Food Hub: Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-up
For food hubs, or businesses that aggregate and distribute local food, limited funds can be a barrier to growth. If food hub managers pay close attention to cash flow, however, they can grow their business using the income generated by the business itself, and reduce the need for grants or loans in the start-up phase.

This publication explains the idea of cash flow and how food hub managers can use it to their advantage, drawing on the real-world experiences of Iowa Food Hub.

See more at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/marketing/food-hubs.
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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 unemployment or sudden income loss, you can do specific things to help manage until you find another position or until business picks up.
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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 family finances versus nonfarm family finances.
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Managing income and expenses -- Divorce Matters
Financial stress from divorce can be minimized by enabling individuals to carefully make the best of their financial situation and avoid costly errors as they move forward.
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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 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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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 into retirement.
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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 (RMDs), how they affect retiree finances, and how to avoid penalty.
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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 each. Use the consumer worksheet to evaluate your income annuity options before making a purchase decision.
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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 that are right for you.
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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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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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Iowa Concern Hotline magnet (Unit=Pkg of 50)
Magnet with contact information for the Iowa Concern Hotline. Hotline provides 24-hour confidential assistance for stress issues, legal questions, and financial concerns.
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Using What You Have to Get What You Want -- Stress: Taking Charge / Usa lo que tienes para alcanzar lo que quieres
Reduce stress and manage your resources by making six types of decisions: setting priorities, dealing with unexpected events, assessing resources, planning, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the outcomes.
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Planning to $tay Ahead
An 8.5" x 11" booklet that outlines a step-by-step method to develop a spending and savings plan.

Listen to tips on how to create and maintain a budget to divide your available money to meet your needs and wants.

Tips in English.mp3

Tips in Spanish.mp3
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Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund
A tax refund is always a welcome bonus. No matter the amount, the way you use that money can have a real impact on your personal and financial well-being. Before you spend, stop and think. Making the smart choice today will lead to a firmer financial foundation tomorrow.
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Tracking Your Spending
Manage your money with one of these six tracking methods: receipt, calendar, envelope, checkbook, account book, or computer software program.
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Starting a Home-Based Food Business in Iowa
Find the information you need to sell food products from your home. Includes Iowa licensing and inspection requirements. Also includes contact information for additional help. Full color, 4 page brochure.
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The Spending Game
Managing money means making choices. This game will help you decide what is most important to you among categories like housing, food, and recreation.
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The Allowance Game
Help your child make decisions about spending allowance money wisely. Publication includes game instructions and questions to begin discussion.
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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 planners and educators at Rutgers University.
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Getting Organized -- Personal and Financial Records
Can you find key information when you need it?

Would someone else be able to find essential information if you were away or ill?

Learn how to keep tabs on the many parts of your personal and financial matters with the forms presented in this electronic 65-page workbook. Download/ print the workbook and record essential financial and family information, lists of financial accounts, insurance policies and credit cards; names of professional advisers; health and employment records; location of important documents; and more...
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Farm Electric Power Sales Tax Exemption
Fuels, including electricity, used directly in processing and production on the farm are exempt from Iowa state sales tax. To receive this exemption, a farmer must provide adequate documentation. This publication provides information, worksheets, and a sales tax exemption certificate to aid farmers.
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Buying a House -- Money Mechanics
This publication and worksheet explore the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership and the costs that are involved. You can estimate the maximum loan and housing price you can afford.
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Saving and Investing -- Money Mechanics
Saving money so it is available for emergencies and short-term goals is the first step of success money management. Investing comes next. This publication can help you get started.
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Iowa Farm Business Resource Directory
This publication offers contact information for programs that will help Iowa farmers improve their operations.
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Homebuyer Education eCourse: A Place of Your Own
An online course to help first-time homebuyers learn about the process of buying a home.

The course is available anytime, anywhere from any computer with Internet access.

At the end of five lessons, there’s a certification exam. When you pass the exam you receive a homebuyer’s certificate which you may take to a local lender. Computers at public libraries, ISU Extension county offices across the state or USDA offices are options if you don't own a computer.

This online course will help you:
• decide if now is a good time to buy a home
• prepare for the home buying process and
• shop for a mortgage that works for you.
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Credit and Analyzing Your Debts Worksheet -- Money Mechanics
This publication will help you understand when and how much to borrow, give you tips on how to shop for credit, and includes information on credit reports and credit rights.
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Estate Planning -- Money Mechanics
This publication can help you develop your estate plan by providing details on the process and explaining legal guidelines.
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Planear para $alir Adelante
An 8.5" x 11" booklet that outlines a step-by-step method to develop a spending and savings plan.

Listen to tips on how to create and maintain a budget to divide your available money to meet your needs and wants.

Tips in Spanish.mp3

Tips in English.mp3
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Small Steps to Health and Wealth
Twenty similarities between personal health and wealth issues are described and common obstacles to change are reviewed. Then twenty-five strategies to change behavior for improved health and increased wealth are described. Fourty-four worksheets and sixteen information-packed tables help the reader adapt these strategies to their situation. Health and wealth benchmarks are included to help define health and wealth goals. Includes extensive lists of reference and web-based resources.
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Owning a Car -- Money Mechanics
Most families spend more on transportation than on any other expense category. This publication can help you make wise decisions and learn ways to trim the cost of owning a car.
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Estate Planning
This publication is designed to acquaint you with the considerations, problems, and tools available in estate planning. It has been updated to include 2005 revisions to the tax law.
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Life Insurance -- Money Mechanics
Life insurance protects your family’s financial resources when you die. Learn tips on buying life insurance, how to estimate your insurance needs, and the types of policies that are available.
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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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Spending Plans and Worksheet -- Money Mechanics
A spending plan is a tool to manage your money. Making a spending plan involves setting long- and short-term goals, analyzing what income you have available to meet those goals, developing a plan, and putting the plan into action. Includes helpful worksheets.
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Record Keeping -- Money Mechanics
Record keeping can help you keep a close tab on your spending habits, manage your family’s daily financial responsibilities, and locate records and business papers easily when needed.

PDF includes an Income and expenses/Net worth statement worksheet.
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Communication -- Money Mechanics
Talking about money isn’t easy but this publication has tips to start your family communicating. Also includes a plan to reach financial goals and a “talk about money” quiz.
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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 the process. Also discussed -- what will happen to the farm business.
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Farming with an Operating Heir - Ready, Set, Retire
It is in the best interests of both generations that the farm transfer be accomplished with a minimum of financial and emotional cost. This publication explores the many options available and how all parties’ needs can be met.
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Farming without an Operating Heir - Ready, Set, Retire
In general, there are five major alternatives available to retiring farmers who have no heirs interested in taking over the farm operation. The alternative chosen depends primarily on the amount of leisure time desired and the amount of work the retiring farmer wants to do.
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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 retirement.
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This is the Way I Spend My Money
A 12 month spending record for youth with helpful hints and sample pages to get you started.
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Separating Your Finances - Divorce Matters
The financial separation that comes with the divorce process can be made less difficult if you find out what your options are and remain aware of your financial situation.
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