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Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More farmers are filing lawsuits against agrochemicals giant Syngenta in a legal battle tied to the sale of a genetically modified corn seed. Agrisure Viptera is genetically altered to kill corn-eating bugs and is approved by the United States. It was marketed to farmers in 2011. But China, a major

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Nov. 17

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Harvest is nearing completion with 92 percent of corn and 98 percent of soybeans harvested.  Unfortunately, the snow and

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Nov. 10

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Phenomenal harvest progress has been made the past two weeks and farmers are now nearly on pace with the

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Snow Could Reduce Corn Harvest in Upper Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The season’s first snowstorm could be bad news for farmers in the Upper Midwest where corn remains in fields. At least 4 inches of snow could fall overnight in South Dakota where about 40 percent of the crop remains, and in Minnesota where about a third remains. Most of the

USDA Boosting Size of Record Soybean Crop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting the size of this year’s record soybean crop as farmers in several states report per-acre yields surpassing earlier expectations. The corn crop is reduced slightly but will still be a record. In Monday’s update of this year’s crop, the USDA says soybean farmers

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Nov. 3

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “The weather was ideal this past week as it allowed fields to dry and farmers took advantage, with harvest

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – October 27

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “The agreeable weather last week allowed many farmers to make good harvest progress, but with 36 percent of corn

Farm Rescue Helps 300th Midwest Family

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Midwest is helping its 300th family this week, just eight years after former North Dakota farm boy and UPS pilot Bill Gross launched the unique organization. A handful of volunteers are helping harvest corn for western Minnesota farmer John Dubbels, who’s being treated for blood

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“KMCH, Bring Me My Lunch” Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s “KMCH, Bring Me My Lunch” winners! Our winners were Dave Lux, Russ Reth, Tim Goedken, Adam Ludwig, Steve Mensen, Bryan Flexsenhar, Steve Ries, Joe Hoeger, Curt Honkomp, Larry Sheppard, Paula Wilgenbusch, Steve Turnis, Allyn Durey, Marty Pottebaum and Larry Childs. The contest ran for three weeks, ending on October

New Clean Water Rule Now in Effect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule, which took effect Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose

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