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Senator Grassley Recognized as “Friend of Farm Bureau”

Senator Grassley Recognized as “Friend of Farm Bureau”

WASHINGTON – The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized Sen. Chuck Grassley with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for his reliable support of agriculture and his advocacy on behalf of Iowa farmers. “Agriculture accounts for a large portion of the Iowa economy,” Grassley said. “I’m committed to ensuring farmers are represented at the policymaking tables

Chickasaw County Farm Opens Ultra-Modern Hog Barn

A Chickasaw County pig farmer has erected what could be the most energy efficient and environmentally sound hog building in Iowa. Dale Reicks of Reicks View Farms near Lawler has built a unique hog building that doesn’t look like most other modern hog barns and what’s inside tells you it’s not. The facility is equipped

Coalition Seeks Moratorium on Livestock Confinements

The recently-formed “Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture” is calling on state officials to issue a moratorium that forbids new construction or expansion of livestock confinements. The group says Iowa water quality has sunk so low, it’s time for action. Chris Peterson farms near Clear Lake. He is a past president of the Iowa Farmers Union.

Iowa DOT Ready to Launch Standing Corn Program

Fall arrives Thursday and the Iowa Department of Transportation is already looking ahead to winter by signing farmers up for the Standing Corn Program. Scott Suhr, the D-O-T’s district transportation planner, explains how it works. “We actually have this program where we pay farmers to leave corn in their field,” Suhr says. “The corn that’s

Pasture Walk at Tinker Farm Near Manchester

Pastures play an important role in improving water quality as well as supporting livestock production. A pasture walk will be held at the Gene Tinker farm near Manchester on Thursday, September 22, starting at 10 am. Using EQIP funding, Tinker has improved this pasture by dividing into paddocks and rotational grazing, and interseeding legumes into

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Sept. 19

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. “Much of the state remains very wet and that could delay harvest as farmers wait for fields to dry. With

Corn and Bean Exports Picking Up Despite Lousy Prices

Harvesting will begin in Iowa soon on what some believe will be the nation’s largest-ever corn crop, but prices are still in the basement for the third straight year. On the plus side, agricultural exports for corn are picking up, according to U-S-D-A ag economist Bryce Cooke. For Iowa’s other top crop, soybeans, Cooke says

Cropland Rent Drops Again in 2016

The U-S-D-A’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) latest report shows the average amount of money farmers pay to rent land for crop production in Iowa has gone down again in 2016. The report shows that average rent for cropland in the state of Iowa dropped 15 from last year — or about six percent —

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Sept. 12

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. “With rains falling across much of Iowa, the crops are still a few weeks away from the start of harvest

Farm Bureau President Lobbying for Congress to Pass TPP

The president of the Iowa Farm Bureau says it’s “vitally important” that congress pass the pending “T-P-P” trade deal before year’s end. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says congress should act after the November election, before the new president takes office. “Every day

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