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Iowa Farm Bureau Lobbying Lawmakers to Approve Fuel Tax Increase

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Members of an influential farming group are lobbying lawmakers to approve a fuel tax increase to pay for road improvements. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said Wednesday that 200 members of his group were in the Capitol, talking to legislators. Hill appeared at a news conference where a national

Net Income for U.S. Farmers Expected to Fall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released estimates on Tuesday that show 2015 is expected to be the second year in

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New Land Trust Seeks to Preserve Farmland

The first-ever statewide non-profit organization to preserve farmland from urban sprawl is launching its operations. Suzan Erem, of West Branch, is president of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, or SILT. Erem says the new organization will be focused to protecting Iowa farmland to grow healthy food. “We’re going to be targeting land that’s surrounding our

Farm Show Showcasing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

During the off-season this winter, some Iowa farmers are kicking the figurative tires on unmanned aerial vehicles, or U-A-Vs, to help with their operations in the spring. Tom Junge, director of the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, says the small remote-control vehicles essentially come in two types, those that fly like airplanes and those that can

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Lawmakers Back Effort to Preserve Iowa Farmland

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers are getting behind an effort to preserve farmland in the state. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton, said Tuesday they would serve on an advisory board to the new Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. The organization seeks to preserve

Farm Group Seeks More Pesticide Oversight from State

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group representing farmers is calling on the state to toughen oversight and penalties related to pesticide use. The Iowa Farmers Union said Tuesday that members have petitioned the state to change rules governing pesticide drifting through the air. They say chemicals typically used on conventional crops can drift and

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Ag Profits Rejuvenating Iowa Farms

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Agriculture officials say an increase in corn and soybean profit is bringing young Iowans and Nebraskans back to the farm. Charles Wiiest, market president of the Nebraska-based Arbor Bank, says young people are now more likely to start their own farm or join their family’s farming business. Wiiest credits this

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