At a time when livestock producers continue to grapple with the tough economy, Iowa State University Extension wants to make it easier for producers to find educational resources they need.

So they developed a centralized resource that can help livestock producers in difficult economic times — with decision-making tools, mental health concerns, ag law and taxation, financial management tools specific to beef, dairy and pork producers, and tips to help parents talk to kids about the financial situation.

“We want livestock producers to easily find Iowa State University people and information that can help them work through year-end financial issues and develop financial plans for next year,” says John Lawrence, Iowa State University extension livestock economist. “We know many producers are feeling financial and emotional stress, so we have placed our materials on one Web page for their convenience.”

For example, the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation page has links to livestock financial issues information on the topics of bankruptcy, civil liabilities, contracts, insurance and secured transactions. The financial management section provides Ag Decision Maker files and tools that are specific to livestock economics.

In addition, species specific information has been pulled from Iowa State University extension center resources for beef, dairy and pork. “We didn’t create new material for the Managing Financial Tough times Web page,” says Lawrence. “We have pulled from our vast resources the information that is most pertinent during these times and organized them in a way producers will find easy to use.”

Source: Iowa State University