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New Iowa Livestock Farm Rule Hearings Underway

New Iowa Livestock Farm Rule Hearings Underway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – While Iowa environmental regulators hold public hearings on a new proposed rule designed to improve water quality through better enforcement of livestock farms, significant manure spills are occurring and highlighting problems the state faces managing a growing livestock industry. It’s a difficult balance Iowa must find between encouraging livestock production

Planting Expected To Progress This Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers say they’re still on track to get their corn planted despite cold, wet weather that slowed their start to the planting season. Numbers released Monday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show 23 percent of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted. That’s up significantly from last week’s 15

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Erosion is Costing Iowa Farmers Millions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rain and wind is washing away enough of Iowa’s fertile topsoil to potentially reduce crop yields by $1 billion, so researchers are working to develop a better way to measure erosion. The Des Moines Register reports researchers think parts of Iowa could be losing up to 12 times more soil

Iowa Crops and Weather Report Issued April 28th

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 wet conditions last week kept many farmers out of the field and with more significant rainfall forecast it will

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Crop Land Value Drops For First Time In 5 Years

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A survey shows the value of Iowa cropland has dropped for the first time since 2009. The survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute shows the value of tillable cropland fell by 5.4 percent in the past six months. The report found the average price of high-quality farmland was $11,104 an

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Vilsack: Ag Economy Remains Strong Due to Exports

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he’s confident the agricultural economy will remain strong despite an expected drop in farm income next year as corn prices lag and a pig virus reduces herds. Vilsack, in an interview Friday for “Iowa Press,” the Iowa Public Television program, says this year’s farm

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Several Delaware County Farms Honored for Conservation Efforts

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District honored several area residents with awards at Thursday’s Manchester Chamber Ag Luncheon. Every year, the family of Don Eibey joins with the Conservation District to recognize a family that has implemented a new conservation program to protect resources on their farms. This year’s Don Eibey Memorial Award

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Area FFA Students Find Ag Career Fair Beneficial

FFA students from five area high schools got a chance to learn more about agriculture on Thursday. They attended an Ag Career Fair prior to the start of the Manchester Chamber’s Ag Luncheon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Twelve businesses set up booths with employees on hand to give the FFA students some insight

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Small Herds, Record Exports Cause High Beef Prices

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The average price for a pound of fresh beef is the highest in at least 27 years. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Austin Arndt, president of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association tells the La Crosse Tribune  it’s due to the lingering effects of drought in California, the Great

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