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Farmland Values Drop Nearly 9% in Recent Survey

Farmland Values Drop Nearly 9% in Recent Survey

Iowa farmland values saw their biggest drop in almost three decades in the latest survey released by Iowa State University Thursday. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development is taking over the survey duties from retired economics professor Mike Duffy. But Duffy helped crunch the numbers this year. ddlandvalue1 The drop means an average value


Ernst to Serve on Ag Committee in U.S. Senate

Senator-elect Joni Ernst will serve on the Senate Ag Committee, as well as three other committees in the U.S. Senate, after she’s sworn into office next month. Retiring Senator Tom Harkin has had a seat on the Senate Ag Committee and did two stints as its chairman during his 30 year tenure in the senate


Clayton County Couple Receives Young Farmer Achievement Award

A Clayton County couple has received the Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2014 Young Farmer Achievement Award. Erik and Emily Oberbroeckling were presented the award, which honors young farmers who show outstanding management ability in their farming operations and involvement in Farm Bureau and community activities. The Oberbroecklings farm near Garnavillo and grow corn and soybeans, in

Winter Manure Application Rules Kick In Dec. 21

DES MOINES – Animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on applying liquid manure starting Dec. 21 if the ground is snow-covered. The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application is more likely when manure can’t be injected into the soil or incorporated into a field.

USDA Extends Dairy MPP Application Deadline

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk

John Deere Museum Opening in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is opening in Waterloo, offering a glimpse at the company and how it’s become ingrained in the community. Waterloo is home to John Deere’s largest manufacturing complex. The city’s partnership with the company is a theme of the museum, featuring stories about key people

Branstad Hails Christie’s Veto on Hog Crates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is praising Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a ban on crates for sows but says the New Jersey Republican’s action wasn’t influenced by the 2016 Iowa caucuses. On Monday, Branstad called Christie’s veto on Friday of legislation outlawing gestation crates a “good decision.” Branstad says the


Final Iowa Crops and Weather Report of 2014

DES MOINES – On Monday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the final Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. “The cold weather and snowfall continued to create challenges for farmers, but some progress was made, with 96 percent of corn and 99 percent of soybeans


Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More farmers are filing lawsuits against agrochemicals giant Syngenta in a legal battle tied to the sale of a genetically modified corn seed. Agrisure Viptera is genetically altered to kill corn-eating bugs and is approved by the United States. It was marketed to farmers in 2011. But China, a major

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