Results of 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey to be released on December 13, 2016

Wendong Zhang, 2015
Photo credit: ISU Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

A news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13 to announce the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This year’s conference will take place in the Horton Room of the ISU Alumni Center, located on the ISU campus in Ames.

For those who can’t attend the conference, a livestream will be available on YouTube. Submit questions to the Twitter account, @CARD_ISU, using the hashtag #ISUlandvalue. Questions will be addressed following Dr. Wendong Zhang’s presentation.

 

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Live Webinar July 21 Offers Update on Farm Program

Contributed by Steven D. JohnsonFarm Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, sdjohns@iastate.edu, 515-957-5790

GFPIowa State University Extension and Outreach and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) are conducting a live update webinar on the farm program called Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The webinar titled “ARC PLC Decisions: Update, Election and Enrollment” is scheduled for July 21 at 7 p.m. Participants will get an update on the new farm program, including the opportunity to update base acres and farm yields, then to elect and enroll a farm in one of the new farm programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC).Farmers, along with their landowners on rented ground, can make a one-time, unanimous and irrevocable election by FSA farm number for the life of the five-year farm program. The party at risk will then enroll annually in the ARC county, ARC individual farm, or the PLC program. If the farm is not enrolled in ARC or PLC for 2014, then it automatically defaults and can only be enrolled in the PLC beginning in 2015.

Speakers include ISU Extension and Outreach Economist Chad Hart and USDA FSA Chief Program Specialist Kevin McClure. The webinar will last approximately one hour.

To attend, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/anr. The webinar will be recorded for viewing at a later time from the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill webpage.

Contact the Polk County Extension office at (515) 957-5760 with any questions.

Additional Contact:

Kevin McClure, Chief Program Specialist, Iowa State FSA Office, 515-254-1540 Ext. 1041, Kevin.McClure@ia.usda.gov

 

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Beginning Farmer Workshops from the Iowa Ag Development Division

The Beginning Farmer program of the Iowa Agricultural Development Division of the Iowa Finance Authority is holding more than twenty workshops will be held statewide in May and June. Agricultural service providers, CPAs, Ag Attorneys, Ag Lenders, Farm Managers, ISU Extension staff, Farm Bureau staff and FSA Officers are encouraged to attend.

The 60-minute presentation will cover:

  • Benefits of the Beginning Farmer Loan Program for beginning farmers
  • Tax benefits for farmers interested in hiring or leasing land to a beginning farmer
  • Eligibility requirements for participants and programs
  • Timeline and process to apply
  • Program summaries, applications and other detailed information
  • Issues frequently faced by beginning farmers and farmers desiring to transition out of farming, and how both can benefit from these programs.

Locations are scheduled for:

Please pre-register for a free, regional workshop coming to your local area today! Registration is available on the IADD website.

Don’t see a workshop in your area? Check back often as workshops are being scheduled daily. For questions, or to request a training, please contact Emily Toribio, emily.toribio@iowa.gov, 515.725.4886.

For specific program questions, please contact Steve Ferguson, steve.ferguson@iowa.gov, 515.494.4979.

These workshops are a collaborative effort of the Iowa Agricultural Development Division of the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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Free Online Course on Health Insurance for Farm Families – March 13th

ISU Extension and Outreach Hosting Free Online Course on Health Insurance for Farm Families   Scheduled for March 13th

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides important benefits for farm families: expanded coverage, a greater choice of insurance providers, and tax credits for small employers that offer coverage to their employees. Farmers are affected by ACA regulations in two ways. First, farm families, like other Americans, are consumers who will be making health care decisions for their families. Second, many farmers employ farm workers on a temporary (seasonal) or permanent basis and may be affected by the Affordable Care Act employer mandate provisions. With new options and requirements in health care, farm families are invited to attend a free workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  The workshop will help Iowa farm families understand how to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them as consumers making health care decisions for their families and as employers of farm workers. The workshop will take place Thursday, March 13th, 10:00am – 11:30am online at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/acafarmfamilies/.  On the day of the webinar, go the this web address 10 -15 minutes prior to the webinar, click on the ‘Enter as Guest’ button, type in your first and last name, and click ‘Enter Room’. Please be patient and wait while the meeting room opens.

 

Through “You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Families” workshop, attendees will increase their knowledge and understanding of:

  • New health insurance options and requirements
  • Features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for farm families
  • Resources to provide additional information about the ACA and health care
    decision-making

“This program is about helping farm families understand their options given the changes in the health care law,” says Joyce Lash, family finance specialist of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

For information about webinar, contact the Mary Weinand, Henry County Extension
mweinand@mail.iastate.edu or 319-931-5087

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