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Cow-Calf Producers Invited to Winter Meeting Series

AMES, Iowa — Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will

Iowa Pork Congress to Offer Ten New Seminars

The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer 10 new seminars of interest to pig farmers and other attendees at the 2017 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. The 45th annual convention and tradeshow will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no

Northey Highlights Top Ag Issues in 2016

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting some of the top ag issues in Iowa in 2016. “Iowa farmers saw record production for both corn and soybeans again in 2016, however low prices are making profitability a real challenge on both the crop and livestock side.  Despite the economic challenges, farmers are by nature optimistic

Soil Health Conference in Ames February 16-17

After a successful inaugural conference in 2016, the second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa, on Feb.16-17. This year’s event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health with invited guest speakers from around the country. The theme for the 2017 Soil

Driftless Region Beef Conference January 26-27 in Dubuque

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 states contains rolling

Iowa Ag Group Leaders Set 2017 Goals

The priorities for Iowa Farmers Union members this year include improving water quality, addressing the problem of ag concentration and passing a workable farm bill. Incoming president Aaron Lehman (LAY-mun) of Polk City says farmers have much to offer in meeting those challenges. “On the federal level, we’re very worried about concentration in agribusiness with

USDA Announces New Conservation Farmland Transfer Policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new policy designed to allow farmers to take land out of a conservation program early if it is to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam says beginning Jan. 9, the USDA will offer an

Northey: Trump Needs to Pick USDA Boss ASAP

President-elect Trump has named almost all of his cabinet members but hasn’t yet announced his pick for U-S Secretary of Agriculture. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says he’s not sure why the process is taking so long or even what the president-elect is looking for in the position. “It’s important to get to it,” Northey

Head of Iowa Farm Bureau Discusses Wish List for Next Farm Bill

Congress is expected to begin work early next year on the next farm bill. Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says maintaining a strong crop insurance program is his group’s top priority. “What we hear from our producers is, ‘don’t touch my crop insurance program. We like the crop insurance program,'” Hill says. “It gives

ISU Economist Says Better Days Ahead for Livestock Producers

There is a wide range of opinions on which way cattle and hog prices will go in 2017. One of the more optimistic outlooks comes from Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist and livestock economist Shane Ellis. “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy-go year or we’re going to make lots of