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1,800 Farmers Commit Millions to Water Quality Practices

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that $3.5 million in cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices have been obligated to farmers in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.  The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification

Clinton Unveils Proposed Plan to Revitalize Rural America

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a series of steps she says will help revitalize rural America. Standing in front of a John Deere tractor, Clinton spoke to a crowd of more than 250 at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. “I wanted to emphasize the changing face of rural Iowa

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Farm Profits to Fall Second Consecutive Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income. The abundance of grain leftover from last year’s crop and this year’s anticipated harvest of the third-largest corn crop and second-largest soybean crop on record

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Economist: “Hard to Predict Future of Beef Industry”

Even though much of the nation’s beef comes from our region, beef prices in Iowa grocery stores have been inching upwards for months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says it’s hard to predict where the beef industry is going, but the recent closure of a beef slaughter plant in western Iowa may be an indicator.

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – August 24

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. “With the rains much of the state received last week most areas have adequate moisture.  Crops remain in good condition

USDA Seeking Proposals for Production of Bird Flu Vaccine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to stockpile a bird flu vaccine as the agency plans for a possible return of the virus that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring. Wild birds’ northern migration was blamed for the original spread of the H5N2

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PLC and ARC Sign-Up Deadline Approaching

Delaware County Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency Heidi Nickol reminds farmers of a very important deadline regarding the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage Programs. All producers are required to complete ENROLLMENT in 2014 and 2015 program years by September 30th. Please contact the Delaware County Farm Service Agency at 563-927-4250 to

Cattlemen President Not Surprised by Closure of Tyson Plant

The president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says he’s not surprised by last Friday’s announcement that Tyson Foods is planning to permanently close its beef operation in Denison, eliminating up to 400 workers. Phil Reemtsma of DeWitt says the news is disappointing but it’s not unexpected. “They’ve had those discussions for a couple of years,”

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – August 17

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.   “The recent heat is helping crops continue to mature.  Generally, things look pretty good across the state with 82

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