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Propane Prices Remain Low Heading into Spring

We’re past the half-way point of winter and propane prices are holding steady, a big relief to Iowans who heat their homes with the fuel, especially after a record-setting price spike two years ago. Harold Hommes, a fuels analyst with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says there’s a huge surplus of propane right now, setting

Applications Encouraged for Century and Heritage Farm Awards

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages eligible farm owners to apply for the 2016 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case


Branstad Says Economic Signals Cause for Concern

Uncertainty remains about the farm economy and the state’s future budget situation, causing the Governor Terry Branstad to think over his options. Branstad ordered state worker furloughs and across-the-board cuts in the state budget during the depths of the Farm Crisis. “But I’ve learned that’s not the way to do things,” Branstad says. So, if

El Nino Weather Pattern Brings Drawback for Farmers

An Iowa State University climatologist says the current El Nino weather pattern is generally providing Iowa with milder temperatures this winter. Elywnn Taylor says it’s also bringing abundant moisture which is causing sub-soil tiles to run at full capacity to drain the state’s farm fields. Taylor says there’s a big drawback for farmers from El


Winthrop Teen Crowned New Iowa Pork Queen

A Buchanan County teen has won the state’s Pork Queen contest. Holly Cook of Winthrop was crowned the 2016 Iowa Pork Queen Wednesday night at the Iowa Pork Congress. Cook and Angie Wilson of Delhi were the two contestants from the area competing among 12 others in the annual contest. Instead of crowning an Iowa


Pork Producers Gathering for Iowa Pork Congress

The state’s pork producers are gathered in Des Moines for the 44th annual Iowa Pork Congress. County delegates convened for the annual meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed resolutions and other issues important to the pork industry. Iowa Pork Producers Association spokesman Ron Birkenholz says the trade show along with educational seminars start today. He says

Egg Farms Recovering from Last Year’s Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa egg farms are bouncing back from last year’s bird flu outbreak but rebuilding flocks with millions of new egg layers is taking time as the industry predicted. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday shows Iowa’s population of egg-laying hens at 37.9 million in December, up 6