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Referendum to Reinstate Iowa Beef Checkoff Passes

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced the passage of the referendum to reinstate the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff that was held November 30th.   The preliminary results show a positive vote of 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of reinstating the assessment.  A simple majority

Delaware County Farmers Attend Farm Bureau Convention

The annual Farm Bureau Federation’s convention was held in Des Moines this week. Rural Masonville farmer Randy Francois was among several Delaware County members at the convention. He was recognized during Tuesday’s awards luncheon. The convention included break-out sessions on key topics, such as data management, conservation practices and Iowa’s variable weather. This was the

Northey Favors No New Taxes Approach to Water Quality Initiative

Iowa’s secretary of agriculture is touting a water quality plan House Republicans advanced earlier this year. Bill Northey (NORTH-ee) says the plan would dedicate “significant” state resources to address water quality concerns. “A real commitment, no new taxes…is a great pattern to work from and we’d certainly be very supportive of that.” This past January,

Iowa Ag Secretary Asking for Money for Bird Flu Preparation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The head of Iowa’s agriculture department is once again asking state leaders for financial help to better prepare for potential animal diseases like bird flu. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says his request Monday for $500,000 would be used to train livestock farmers to increase biosecurity efforts when responding

EPA Gives Boost to Ethanol

Supporters of ethanol are applauding a decision today (Friday) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw says the EPA has set the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for corn-based ethanol next year at 15 billion gallons, the level called for by Congress in the RFS law. “That’s where it

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – November 21

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.   “Harvest is now nearly complete with 98 percent of corn harvested statewide.  Southwest and south central do still have

Economic Downtown Hitting All Sectors of Agriculture

An ag industry analyst says the economic downturn is hitting all sectors of agriculture and virtually all Iowa farmers are feeling the brunt. Dave Miller, director of research and commodity services for the Iowa Farm Bureau, says every commodity is being impacted. “Corn prices are down more than half from where they peaked a couple

Iowa 4-H Dairy Judging Team Wins Louisville Contest

The 4-H team representing Iowa recently won the NAILE Dairy Judging Contest, held in Louisville, Kentucky. Team members were Regan Demmer- Dubuque County, Cole Kruse and Amanda Engelken- Delaware County and Cynthia Hamlett, Fayette County. These individuals earned the opportunity to compete in this contest by being the highest ranked individuals in the Iowa Contest