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Lawmakers Back Effort to Preserve Iowa Farmland

Lawmakers Back Effort to Preserve Iowa Farmland

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers are getting behind an effort to preserve farmland in the state. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton, said Tuesday they would serve on an advisory board to the new Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. The organization seeks to preserve

Farm Group Seeks More Pesticide Oversight from State

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group representing farmers is calling on the state to toughen oversight and penalties related to pesticide use. The Iowa Farmers Union said Tuesday that members have petitioned the state to change rules governing pesticide drifting through the air. They say chemicals typically used on conventional crops can drift and

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Ag Profits Rejuvenating Iowa Farms

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Agriculture officials say an increase in corn and soybean profit is bringing young Iowans and Nebraskans back to the farm. Charles Wiiest, market president of the Nebraska-based Arbor Bank, says young people are now more likely to start their own farm or join their family’s farming business. Wiiest credits this


Dairy Days Set for Feb. 5 in Ryan

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2015 ISU Extension Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 20 and Feb. 6. Delaware County will host an event on Feb. 5. At this year’s program,

Iowa Wins Federal Money for Watershed Improvement Projects

Iowa pulled in a big chunk of money Wednesday as part of a new U-S-D-A Regional Conservation Partnership Program that’s designed to improve water quality. The assistant chief of the U-S Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kirk Hanlin, announced the award at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) offices in Des Moines. “We’re

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What Crops Should Farmers Plant in 2015?

Iowa farmers are considering some difficult options as they try to determine what crops they’ll plant in the spring, given how 2014 wrapped up poorly for so many growers. Joe Glauber, the chief economist for the U-S Department of Agriculture, says plenty of farmers took a big hit last year after commodity prices dropped. “Large

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Record Soybean Crop in 2014

The 2014 soybean crop is one for the record books. Grant Kimberley, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) market development director, said today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final 2014 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports — considered by traders as some of the most important assessments of the year — were

Iowa Biodiesel Production Decreased in 2014

The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says biodiesel production in the state decreased slightly last year. But, Monte Shaw says Iowa is still the nation’s leading producer of the fuel — accounting for roughly 16 percent of U.S. biodiesel production. “In 2014, Iowa produced 227 million gallons of biodiesel, which was down

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