Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll was established in 1982 to provide timely and relevant information on agriculture and rural life. Generally known simply as “The Farm Poll,” it is an annual survey of Iowa farmers. It is a cooperative project between the Iowa State University Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, ISU Extension Service and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The annual survey is managed by ISU Extension Sociology. The overall objective of the Farm Poll is to understand how the ongoing changes in Iowa’s agriculture and rural areas affect farmers and rural society as a whole.
Small Towns Project
Researchers at Iowa State University secured funding in 1994, 2004, and 2014 to study the condition of Iowa small towns. In each of those years, residents of 99 towns were surveyed to learn about their assessment of local services and amenities, social conditions, and perceptions of local quality of life. From the survey results, researchers created individual reports for each town and, by averaging the individual findings, generated a picture of the “typical” small town, which is called Sigma. You will find these reports for 1994, 2004, and 2014 at this website.
USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-based Cropping System Coordinated Agricultural Project
This USDA-NIFA funded project gathers data from 35 field sites and thousands of farmers in 9 Midwestern states, with the goal of creating a suite of practices for corn-based systems that: retain and enhance soil organic matter and nutrient and carbon stocks; reduce off-field nitrogen losses that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution; better withstand droughts and floods; ensure productivity under different climatic conditions. Through the Extension and Education aspects of this project, we are working with farmers, teachers and students to connect them with project analyses and promote collaborative learning.