Farm Management

The Extension Farm Management Program provides research-based farm business management information, resources, and decision-making tools to farmers and agribusinesses to improve business profitability and lifestyles through informed decision-making. Click on the links below for more information.

Topics include:

Land Rental, Pasture Rental, and Building Agreements

Ag Lease 101 is a great way to get started creating a lease that works for landowners and land operators. The website offers publications, forms and worksheets to guide on how to create leases and draft/example lease forms to use for pasture, cropland, buildings/livestock facilities, purchasing/leasing farm equipment, livestock rentals.  It is a product of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee (NCFMEC).

Custom Rate Guide

The 2020 Wisconsin Rate Guide was compiled by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Wisconsin Field Office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The figures are based on reports by farmers who hired custom work, custom operators and farmers who performed custom work, and machinery dealers who rented out equipment. There were 707 reports compiled.

Included are statewide average rates and typical ranges for those averages. The rates and ranges in this release are based on actual reported data and should not be viewed as official estimates. The ranges provided for each custom operation encompass at least 90 percent of the reported values. Rates are typically influenced by fuel costs, soil conditions, topography, field size and shape, traditional practices in an area, and type, age, and availability of equipment. Price changes for machinery, fuel, and labor should be taken into account when using this 2020 data for subsequent years.

Cash Rent and Land Values

These rates are based on 2019-2023 data according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Quick Stats. You can find more details on their website here:

Wisconsin Agricultural Land Prices 2023 End of Year Report

Wisconsin Agricultural Land Prices Report gives a State level overview of the average price of agriculture land sold in Wisconsin and the number of sales each year by county 2012-2023.  A graph also shows Wisconsin agriculture land values and rental rates for years 2010-2023..

Tractor Safety

The Wisconsin Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Program is designed to meet requirements established by the US Department of Labor, pertaining to special provisions made for the employment of youth ages 14-15 on farms not operated by their parents.  In addition, Wisconsin Act 455 provides specific provisions for tractor operation by 12-13 year olds.  For more information click here.

Farm Ready Research-Farm Management Webinars

This is Extension’s agriculture winter webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to forage and farm management. Recordings from our 2020-2021 webinars are available. For more information and registration visit the Extension Farm management Friday webinars website.

Resilient Farms and Families: Responding to Stress

The ongoing economic conditions in agriculture are taking a toll on farm families and their rural communities. The associated chronic stress is also impacting mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision-making. Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a road-map for the future. LINK

Wisconsin Climate Outlook Newsletter

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For more information please contact:

Extension Juneau County
220 E. State Street, Room 104, Mauston, WI 53948

Phone: (608) 847-9329