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Iowa Egg Production Improves But Remains Below Last Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state’s egg-laying hens this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report Monday that Iowa egg production during October was 753 million eggs. That’s up 2 percent from September but down 47


More Rail Shipping Available for Grain This Year

The transportation of corn and soybeans from country grain elevators to food processing centers should be easier this year than in past years. Iowa Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhouck says one reason is because there simply are more engines to pull the freight. Steenhouck says the railroads responded to the increase in demand


Iowa Ranks 6th in Number of Organic Farms

Iowa is one of the top producers of organic crops and livestock, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There were 612 organic farms in Iowa in 2014, when the U.S.D.A. conducted the recently released survey. That places Iowa 6th among the 50 states. California, by far, has the most organic farms, followed


Improve Tractor Efficiency and Cut Fuel Costs

AMES, Iowa — A new publication, Farm Energy: Case Studies – Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings(PM 3063D), is now available for download in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. This publication is part of the Farm Energy: Case Study series and outlines ways for farmers and ranchers to improve

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Iowa Farmers Smash Soybean Production Record

ANKENY, IOWA — A record state and national soybean crop will likely open doors to new marketing opportunities, according to Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders. Iowa’s soybean harvest, projected at nearly 550 million bushels, is nearly complete. According to today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Crop Production Report, this year’s crop will eclipse the previous


Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Nov. 9

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented 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 reaching the final stages with 93 percent of corn and 98 percent of beans now in the bin,”

Quarantine Lifted on Farms Affected by Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State agriculture officials have lifted the quarantine on all 72 commercial poultry farms in Iowa affected by the bird flu clearing the way for them to restock. The Iowa Department of Agriculture said Friday all sites have completed cleaning and disinfection and have had negative lab tests for the bird

ISU Researchers Discover Cause of Mystery Piglet Tremors

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A team of veterinary researchers at Iowa State University has discovered the cause of a disease that makes baby pigs involuntary shake which has perplexed hog farmers for more than 90 years. Researchers from the university teamed up with scientists from Missouri-based animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica to use new