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USDA Reports 1.22 Million Cattle in Iowa Feedlots

USDA Reports 1.22 Million Cattle in Iowa Feedlots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says the number of cattle and calves in large Iowa feedlots is unchanged from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of cattle and calves in Iowa feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head totaled about 1.22 million on

Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service,

Iowa’s Congregational Delegation Calls On EPA to Boost RFS

All six members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation have signed a letter they’re sending to the head of the U-S Environmental Protection Agency, repeating the call to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard or R-F-S. It regulates the amount of fuels, like ethanol, that are required to be made. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the final volume


Two Area Teens Competing for Iowa Pork Queen Title

Two area teens are among those competing for the chance to represent the pork industry at the state level. The 2016 Iowa Pork Queen and 2016 Premier Pork Youth Ambassador will be crowned at the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 44th Annual Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines next week. Angie Wilson of Delhi and Holly


Task Force Issues Recommendations for Reducing Nitrates in Waterways

A group called the Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force has released a list of recommendations for cleaning up the state’s waterways. Des Moines real estate attorney Larry James served as cochairman of the task force, which involved representatives from a host of environment, business, and agricultural interests. “The surprising thing was, across the


USDA Crop Report Brings Optimism to Soybean Market

Ankeny, Iowa — At a time when Iowa soybean farmers needed good news, Tuesday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports delivered. With soybean prices languishing at unprofitable levels for many producers, markets initially shot up after the government released final 2015 crop production numbers and supply and demand estimates. Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders say the mostly


Iowa Pork Congress Planned for Late January

What’s billed as the nation’s largest indoor trade show and conference devoted to pork production is planned for later this month in central Iowa. Ron Birkenholz is organizing the Iowa Pork Congress which will draw around five-thousand producers and industry officials to Des Moines. Birkenholz says one big attraction is the wide array of seminars


Vilsack to Address Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

JOHNSTON, IOWA – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and former Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack will provide a unique perspective on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to renewable fuels at the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 19, 2016 in Altoona, Iowa. “Sec. Vilsack has been a steadfast supporter of renewable fuels, and


Farm Groups Rally Around Branstad’s Water Quality Idea

Officials from two Iowa school districts joined representatives of two leading Iowa farm groups yesterday to literally stand behind Governor Terry Branstad as he unveiled a plan to divert some state tax money for school infrastructure projects to water quality initiatives. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says the show of solidarity sends a “powerful message” to