Risk has always been a part of agriculture. But farming has changed dramatically over the past few years. The most successful farmers are looking for an innovative approach to risk management as a critical part of their overall strategy. Farm Bureau’s goal is to help producers find ways to better manage their risks through effective, market-based risk management education.
Farm Bureau offers education that can be delivered in a variety of methods from local workshops to webinars. For more information on Farm Bureau’s Risk Management programs, please contact Ed Kordick, Commodity Services Manager.
Farm Bureau offers a variety of webinars on timely topics critical to managing your farming operation. A list of upcoming and recorded webinars are listed below.
2018 Iowa Farm Income Tax Webinar - 11/9/2018
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) will present its annual Iowa Farm Income Tax webinar on Friday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. With new changes to the tax code and revised regulations, farmers know that staying up to date on the latest tax changes and preparing farm income taxes can be a real challenge. This webinar is designed to help farmers overcome that challenge. Click here for more information.
Exploring Opportunities to Diversify Your Farm - 11/19/2018
Farm Bureau Margin Management webinar series continues on Monday, November 19 at 1:00 pm with a live webinar on ideas on opportunities to diversify farm operations. This webinar will give the who, what, when, where and why of improving profitability by expanding the diversity of operations and market outlets. Current market trends, projected demands for row crop alternatives, pain points and rewards of diversification, and successful case studies will be addressed. Click here for more information.
- Webinar: 2018 Transportation Rules for Farmers
In anticipation of harvest, farmers need the latest information on regulations and exemptions that apply to them as they transport their crops.
- Webinar: Planning Habitat for Pollinators and Profitability
Iowa’s farmers are leaders in crop production and land stewardship. They also have an opportunity to be leaders in monarch conservation.
- Webinar: Impacts of 4R Nitrogen Management on Water Quality
To reach the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and its Water Quality Initiative, Iowa farmers need to consider all their options, including infield nutrient management, traditional infield soil and water practices and structures, and the newer edge of field practices and structures.
- Webinar Recording: Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan
The Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan (IPRMP) is an Iowa-specific plan to address pests--including weeds, insects and diseases-that can adapt and become resistant to chemical, genetic, and agronomic control practices.
- Webinar Recording: Save Time and Money – File your MMP Online
Learn more from Iowa DNR about a new fast and easy option for filing the annual Manure Management Plans electronically (Short Form).
- Improving your Crop Risk Management
a live webinar on crop marketing in these tight economic times on the farm
- Irrational Farm Decision Making
Do you think the decisions you make on your farm are all logical? Do you know how your inner wiring influences choices that impact your income and risk?
- IDALS Cover Crop - Crop Insurance Demonstration Project
The new three-year, Iowa-only initiative is funded by IDALS, in partnership with the federal Risk Management Agency, to encourage and reward cover crop use in Iowa through a $5 per acre crop insurance premium discount to eligible applicants.
- On-Farm Crop Storage Management
In anticipation of the 2017 harvest and bushels to be put in on-farm storage, this timely webinar review crop storage management. Learn ideas to consider for this fall's crop quality and condition.
- Recordings from the 2017 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit
Get an in-depth look at overall farm economic prospects and discuss important issues critical to the health of your farm like, opportunities in livestock production, landlord-tenant relationships, soil health and cover crops, farm bill outline, outlook for exports, innovative risk management tools and trends in new and used farm machinery markets.
- Edge of Field Practices: What Are They and How Do I Build Them?
Traditional soil and water conservation has mostly promoted in-field practices and structures - waterways, terraces and buffer strips, for example - to reduce rainfall runoff and reduce sheet and rill erosion.
- Working Together: Farmer and lender
Good communication between farmer and lender is always important.
- 2017 Crop Insurance and Marketing
This crop risk webinar includes a look at 2017 new crop marketing ideas, including how crop insurance works in an overall risk management plan.
- Livestock Marketing to Minimize Risk
Marketing livestock is a challenge in the current environment. Livestock farmers need all of the tools they can access in order to help make marketing plans and decisions.
- Beginning Farmer Financial Assistance Webinar
Iowa Farm Bureau hosted this timely update on loan programs available for beginning farmers. These programs are available for a variety of circumstances.
- Veterinary Feed Directive, What you need to know
Are you prepared for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association partnered on educational meetings at 11 sites around Iowa in August and early September.
- Putting Farmers in Control of Their Data: The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator and Agricultural Data Coalition
Farm Bureau and other groups recently introduced a tool, the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator (ADTC), to explain in plain English the convoluted details often found in data contracts with agricultural hardware and software providers.
- Myth-busting the Nitrogen Story
Dr. Michael Castellano, of ISU on nitrogen, soil and water quality at the farm level.
- Confined Manure Pit Safety Webinar
Recorded segments on confined Manure Pit Safety with Dan Neenan (NECAS).
- Five Common Mistakes in Grain Marketing
Innovative, market-based risk management critical to farming operations.
- The Basics of Cover Crops in Iowa
great tips from experts for those new to planting cover crops.
- Iowa One Call... to protect what really matters!
Understand your responsibility to dig safely.
- Grain Bin Safety
Important farm safety rescue information
Farm Programs and Activities
2018 New Crop Iowa Commodity Challenge provides the opportunity to learn marketing tools through real market simulation.
2017 Economic Summit
Hundreds of farmers gathered in West Des Moines to hear nationally-recognized speakers discuss the future of the ag economy at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2017 Economic Summit.
2017-18 "Winning The Game" Workshops
Practical advice to help farmers write and execute a post-harvest marketing plan. Learn market signals that help in making marketing decisions after harvest.
2016 Economic Summit
Hundreds of farmers gathered in West Des Moines to hear nationally-recognized speakers discuss the future of the ag economy at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2016 Economic Summit.