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USDA Seeking Proposals for Production of Bird Flu Vaccine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to stockpile a bird flu vaccine as the agency plans for a possible return of the virus that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring. Wild birds’ northern migration was blamed for the original spread of the H5N2


PLC and ARC Sign-Up Deadline Approaching

Delaware County Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency Heidi Nickol reminds farmers of a very important deadline regarding the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage Programs. All producers are required to complete ENROLLMENT in 2014 and 2015 program years by September 30th. Please contact the Delaware County Farm Service Agency at 563-927-4250 to

Cattlemen President Not Surprised by Closure of Tyson Plant

The president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says he’s not surprised by last Friday’s announcement that Tyson Foods is planning to permanently close its beef operation in Denison, eliminating up to 400 workers. Phil Reemtsma of DeWitt says the news is disappointing but it’s not unexpected. “They’ve had those discussions for a couple of years,”

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – August 17

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.   “The recent heat is helping crops continue to mature.  Generally, things look pretty good across the state with 82


Near-Record Soybean Crop Forecasted

  ANKENY, IOWA — Soybean demand is good. Production is better.Even though Wednesday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports are bearish overall, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and oilseed experts say there are positives in the marketplace, which may benefit farmers long term. U.S. soybean production

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Aug. 10

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday, August 10th on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “Crops remain in very good condition across much of the state. The rains that crossed the state this


Iowa Cropland Value Drops

Iowa’s cropland value saw the biggest decline in the United States over the last year, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) 2015 Land Value Summary released this week. Cropland prices in Iowa dropped to $8,200 an acre, 6.3% lower than the previous year’s value of $8,750. Iowa cropland surged from $5,600 an

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Delaware County Fair’s Livestock Sale Totaled Over $302,000

The 4-H and FFA livestock sale totaled $302,855.20 at the 2015 Delaware County Fair, according to information provided by the Delaware County Extension Office. The beef sale included 106 animals that were sold for a total of $257,542.50 with an average sale price of $2,429.65 per head and $1.83 per pound. The Grand Champion Market

Majority of Iowa’s Bird Flu Quarantine Zones Being Lifted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa agriculture officials say a majority of the quarantine zones set up around poultry farms infected with bird flu are being lifted. When bird flu was confirmed on a farm, a six-mile zone was established to control traffic. State officials said Tuesday 77 zones were set up but they are

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