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Timing of Planting Can Be an Issue

Farmers got started planting last week before rains and cooler weather hit heading into this week. Iowa State University extension agronomist, Mark Licht, says he still cautions farmers to keep an eye on the forecast in deciding when to plant to avoid problems. “Some of this corn that did get planted late last week, there

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Survey Suggests Economy Slowing in Rural Areas of Ten States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes

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Photo Project Showcasing On-Farm Practices Protecting Water Quality

Ankeny, Iowa — More than 92,000 crop and livestock farms dot Iowa with the farm families who own and manage them providing stewardship of nearly 31 million acres. Leading up to Earth Day April 22, the Iowa Food & Family Project (www.iowafoodandfamily.com) is showcasing how Iowa’s farm families are covering Iowa (literally!) with practices dedicated

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Hundreds of Artifacts Discovered in Eastern Iowa Farm Field

Researchers from the Office of the State Archaeologist say they’ve unearthed around 1,000 artifacts that are more than 150-years-old from a farm field in eastern Iowa. Archaeologist Cynthia Peterson told KCRG-TV the field near South Amana was a Meskwaki village from 1839 to 1843. “We only securely know the locations of about four of these

Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed in Nearby States

A strain of bird flu that’s particularly deadly to chickens and turkeys is now confirmed in three states that border Iowa. Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association and Egg Council, says while the disease has mostly hit turkey flocks elsewhere, poultry producers statewide need to be vigilant about biosecurity to prevent spreading

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Iowa Photographer Focuses on Women in Agriculture

A central Iowa photographer is using her talents to document the important role that women play in agriculture. Marji Guyler-Alaniz launched the Farm-Her organization and website in 2013. The Grimes resident takes photos of women farmers and ranchers as they go about their daily chores. “In a way, it empowers them to say there’s all

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Record Soybean Acres Expected; Corn Acres to Drop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but less corn as that grain’s profit potential remains low due to slumping prices The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1

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Applications Encouraged for Century and Heritage Farms

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging eligible farm owners to apply for the 2015 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century

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Finalists Revealed for “Iowa’s Best Burger”

Ten restaurants across the state were notified this week that they’re in the running for the title of “Iowa’s Best Burger.” The annual contest is sponsored by the Iowa Cattleman’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. The 10 finalists received the most nominations from Iowans who submitted their picks over the last month. Brooke

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