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U.S. Soybean Crop and Exports Super-sized

ANKENY, IOWA — The 2016 soybean crop is a monster and it just keeps getting bigger, according to government crop production estimates released today. But Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders and industry experts say a bin-buster harvest is accompanied by an insatiable appetite for soybeans and soybean products here and abroad. Robust demand, they say,

Cedar Falls Cover Crop Day November 17th

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch. Attendees will hear from Black Hawk County

ISU Extension to Host Ag Outlook and Management Seminar

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Ag Outlook and Management seminars across the state during the months of November and December. The program is designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications. Speakers will vary

Iowa Near Top of U.S. Rural Income Growth

AMES, Iowa – The United States Census Bureau released its report on income and poverty in urban and rural America in September. While the report focused on nationwide trends, Iowa State University associate professor and extension rural sociologist David Peters was more interested in how rural Iowans had been affected over the last decade. “The

Driftless Region Beef Conference Planned for January

DUBUQUE, Iowa  – With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these

Pro-Ag Outlook Forum Coming Up in Waterloo

Agricultural lenders and suppliers, producers and policymakers grow nervous when commodity prices, input costs, farmland values and lease rates become volatile says Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “Add in weather variables and there is plenty of excitement to manage for the 2017 farming year.” That’s

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – November 7

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 weather was nearly ideal for harvest last week and farmers have now harvested 86 percent of corn and

Ballots Going Out for FSA County Committee Elections

WASHINGTON – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016,

Upcoming Referendum to Reinstate Iowa Beef Checkoff

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says eligible beef producers can request an absentee ballot to participate in the referendum on whether the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff should be reinstated.  The referendum will be held on November 30, 2016.   Any individual, firm, corporation,

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – October 31

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.   “In general, it was another good week for harvest progress across most of the state and as a result