Agriculture Resources

Whether your focus is on livestock, grain, organic, traditional, or other aspects of agriculture, there are several important considerations within your operation. Below are resources to help you succeed. 

2019 Ag Outlook

On March 1, 2019, over 450 people gathered in Riverside, Iowa to learn from experts in agriculture. View two presentations from the 2019 Ag Outlook below.

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.  For 25 years, Kohl was Professor of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Now into the sixth year of the agricultural economic reset, varying degrees of financial stress are emerging in many agricultural sectors.  What is around the corner and down the road concerning the global and domestic economy, land values, cash rents, and the overall bottom line?  This presentation examines both the short run and long run economic and financial picture. 

View Kohl's PDF presentation on "Positioning for Success in the Economic Reset

Kevin Kimle, Iowa State University

The largest food delivery business is Uber Eats.  Tyson Foods has invested in lab-grown meat businesses.  The fastest growth category of protein snacks is insects.  The biggest deployment of self-driving vehicles is in agriculture.  Gene editing. Machine learning. Artificial intelligence.  The Internet of Things. What are the implications of new technologies in agriculture?  What megatrends will drive change in the way people eat and how we farm?  Take a look into the world of startup agriculture with Kevin Kimle, Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University. 


View Kimle’s PDF presentation “Startups Aim at Agriculture – Will They Hit or Miss?

2018 Ag Outlook

View presentations from the 2018 Ag Outlook held in March. 

Mark Core, Vermeer Corporation
Nine billion people. That is how many people we must feed by 2050. Mark Core’s presentation focuses on “who will do the work” as we embrace that challenge. The entire agriculture chain, including manufacturing, retailers, farmers, and processors, is already being challenged on a daily basis to find the human capital to accomplish the work. What can be done to alleviate this pain? How will the challenge affect rural sociology dynamics?

View Core's PDF presentation on "Who Will Do The Work?

Keith Wiebe, International Food Policy Research Institute
Markets and weather change on a daily basis, and policies change from year to year, but what can we say about agriculture over the longer term? Keith Wiebe explores some of the big challenges and opportunities facing agriculture looking several decades ahead to mid-century. These include factors that will affect demand for agricultural commodities (such as changes in global population, incomes, and diets—especially in developing countries), as well as factors that will affect production (such as changes in technology and climate). He also shares results from recent global analyses and discusses how this kind of information can help us plan for the challenges of the future.

View Wiebe's PDF presentation on "Agriculture and Food over the Longer Term. Looking Ahead to Mid-Century." 

Paul Georgy, Allendale, Inc.
Paul Georgy is the co-founder of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm. The firm provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors. Georgy comments on La Niña, its impact on the 2018 growing season, and how the markets could respond. He also discusses the prospects of increased US grain demand as global supplies continue to grow, and shares hedge strategies you can use with your banker.

Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete
Machinery Pete is the most trusted source for information about used farm equipment. Greg Peterson, known as Machinery Pete, has built a network of 1,000 regional auctioneers, 600 agriculture lenders, 2,000 implement dealers, and thousands of farmers. Peterson is the multimedia expert on used equipment values for Farm Journal Media, including print and broadcast. Watch as he shares trends in used equipment values and stories surrounding farm equipment.


Financing Beginning Farmers

Beginning farmers not only need to focus on crops or livestock but also must develop a plan for growth, build a team of trusted advisors, and work on your business management. 



Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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