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?”

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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