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Iowa Soybean Association Launches Soy Scholars Program

Iowa Soybean Association Launches Soy Scholars Program

ANKENY, IOWA — High school students considering an ag-related career are encouraged to participate in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Soy Scholars program launching this month at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Ames, April 18-19. Four students will be selected to participate in the three-session career emersion, field experience and job shadow program. During

Mason City Pork Plant Opponents Seek Support from Neighboring City

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Opponents of a proposed pork plant in Mason City have asked officials in neighboring Clear Lake to stand against the plan. Clinton, North Carolina-based Prestage Farms announced plans earlier this month to build a $240 million plant that ultimately will employ about 2,000 people. About a dozen people spoke against

Iowa Corn Group Shows Strength in Numbers at State Capitol

JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 31, 2016 – More than 100 Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members descended upon the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 30th for the second “Iowa Corn Day on the Hill” lobbying event. This delegation included ICGA Board of Directors, county leaders and student FFA members from across the state. “A critical

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Strong Demand & Fewer Acres Fuels Optimism in Soybean Market

Positive. It’s a word soybean farmers haven’t heard much lately, but that’s how Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders and industry analysts described today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. Soybean acres are expected to decline slightly across Iowa and the nation and soybean stocks, while significantly larger than last year, are

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Iowa Farmland Values Drop Nearly Nine Percent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A farm real estate group says Iowa farmland values have dropped nearly 9 percent over the past year. The Iowa Realtors Land Institute farmland survey through March shows the average value of cropland fell to a little more than $6,700 an acre, 8.7 percent lower less than a year ago

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Iowa Farm Bureau Webinar Focusing on 2016 Weather Outlook

What is the weather outlook for spring and summer? What impact will El Nino have on the growing season in Iowa? The next Iowa Farm Bureau webinar, “Weather and Climate Trends’ Affect on Agriculture”, will focus on these subjects. Speaker will be Christopher Anderson, climate risk analyst and assistant director of the Iowa State University

Iowa Soybean Association Offering On-Farm Trials

ANKENY, IOWA — Before Iowa farmers plant the first seed this spring, they have the opportunity to enroll in dozens of strip trials through the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) On-Farm Network®. Trials are currently available on both soybeans and corn on a variety of topics including seed treatment, crop protection, crop management, nitrogen and soil

State Prepares for Return of Avian Influenza

With spring’s arrival, Iowa poultry producers are on alert for a possible return of avian influenza which decimated the state’s flocks last year. State officials are taking steps to more efficiently euthanize birds if the disease strikes again. Joyce Flinn, head of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says the necessary equipment

North Carolina Details Plans for Mason City Hog Plant

A North Carolina-based, multi-generational family-owned company revealed itself Monday as the owners of what will be 240 million dollar pork processing facility in Mason City. Prestage Farms says pending the finalization of state approvals, they plan to build a state-of-the-art, 650-thousand square foot facility on land in the southern part of the community. The first

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