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Corn and Soybean Growers Set Records in 2016

Corn and Soybean Growers Set Records in 2016

Corn and soybean growers in Iowa and across the country set new records in 2016. That’s according to a report from the USDA Ag Statistics Service. Doug Hartwig, deputy director for the Upper Midwest region, says the corn yield in Iowa is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels. Iowa’s average corn yield topped 200 bushels per

Vilsack Resigns Early as U.S. Ag Secretary

On Friday, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced it was his FINAL day as U-S Ag Secretary. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports. Vilsack posted a “farewell message” on the U-S-D-A website. Vilsack thanked the department’s 90-thousand employees. Vilsack said their work “allows America to have the most productive farmers, ranchers, and producers in the

Grants Available to Help Promote Speciality Crops

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.   The final funding level

Iowa and U.S. Farmers Crush Soybean Records

ANKENY, IOWA — Soybean production soared to new heights in 2015. This year, it hit the stratosphere.Today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports confirmed Iowa and U.S. soybean farmers didn’t just break production records, they shattered them. But they still have an opportunity to turn a profit, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders and marketing experts

South Korea Finalizes Agreements to Import Eggs from U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – South Korea is suffering from a shortage of eggs due to bird flu and has finalized agreements to accept imported fresh eggs from United States. South Korea’s government says about 26 million chickens have been killed, including one-third of the country’s egg-laying hens, since the H5N6 strain of avian influenza

Iowa Nice Guy Promoting Iowa Corn

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board is releasing a series of videos touting the state’s top crop featuring an actor known as the Iowa Nice Guy. Board president Larry Klever of Audubon says the videos are being posted on the Iowa Corn YouTube website. Klever says, “We’re always looking for new ways to get our message

Cow-Calf Producers Invited to Winter Meeting Series

AMES, Iowa — Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will

Iowa Pork Congress to Offer Ten New Seminars

The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer 10 new seminars of interest to pig farmers and other attendees at the 2017 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. The 45th annual convention and tradeshow will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no

Northey Highlights Top Ag Issues in 2016

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting some of the top ag issues in Iowa in 2016. “Iowa farmers saw record production for both corn and soybeans again in 2016, however low prices are making profitability a real challenge on both the crop and livestock side.  Despite the economic challenges, farmers are by nature optimistic