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Iowans Helping Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

Iowans Helping Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting opportunities for Iowans to support farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by wildfires in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Tragically, seven people have died and officials have estimated that thousands of cattle have been killed by the fires.  More than 2,300 square miles, much of

Senator Ernst Wary of Cuts to USDA Food Programs

Senator Joni Ernst says she’s “legitimately undecided” about the health care plan House Republican leaders have crafted as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. And Ernst is raising concerns about some of the budget cuts President Trump proposed last week, including a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “When you look

DNR Reviews Groundwater Levels Heading Into Spring Months

The northern part of Iowa remains wetter than normal, while the driest part of the state in southern Iowa hasn’t change much either during the winter months. Tim Hall tracks the groundwater situation for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “It’s that southeastern corner of Iowa that we’re just keeping an eye on. They have

Free Training for Farmers’ Market Managers

With the recent snowfall in Iowa it’s easy to forget that the summer farmers market season is only six weeks away. Farmers’ market managers are busy signing up their vendors and finalizing logistics for their markets. Many, if not most, of these market managers are volunteers, not paid staff, and finding time for professional development

Ag Secretary Says Poultry Producers on Lookout for Bird Flu

While the thoughts of most Iowans are on the good things that spring brings, poultry producers are on the lookout for potential problems with bird flu. Cases of the two types of avian influenza have been found in Tennessee and Wisconsin, and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says it’s another reminder to be alert. Iowa

Soybean Producers Encouraged to Participate in Nitrogen Fine Tuning Project

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is asking farmers statewide to participate in a Nitrogen Fine Tuning project. It involves establishment of a strip trial comparing an Iowa State University modeled nitrogen rate versus the farmer’s standard practice. ISA On-Farm Network director Scott Nelson says it’s a simple, low-cost project that could result in significant savings.

John Deere Earnings Report Shows Optimism for Farmers

The first quarter income report from John Deere and Company released Friday showed a drop in net income — but it also held a positive message for the ag industry. Sales were up two percent and spokesman Ken Golden says there are signs of continued improvement. “U-S farm income is expected to increase slightly in