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March 18th is National Agriculture Day

March 18th is National Agriculture Day

Iowans are invited to take part in a photography project this Wednesday (March 18th), which is National Agriculture Day. Dustin Vande Hoef, spokesman for Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey, encourages Iowans to take an ag-related picture and post it on the Iowa Department of Agriculture website and on their social media pages. “We wanted to

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Ethanol Plants Becoming More Efficient

An economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says ethanol plants are becoming more efficient. Last month, the agency increased its forecast of corn needed for ethanol by 50-million bushels, but a more recent forecast reduced it by 50-million. The USDA’s Acting Chief Economist, Rob Johansson, says this is a case of less means more.

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Number of Iowa Farms Continues to Decline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the number of farms in Iowa continues to slide. In an annual report released Thursday the USDA says Iowa farms fell to 88,000 last year, 500 fewer than the year before. Most of the decrease came in the small

Iowa Farm Bureau Lobbying Lawmakers to Approve Fuel Tax Increase

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Members of an influential farming group are lobbying lawmakers to approve a fuel tax increase to pay for road improvements. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said Wednesday that 200 members of his group were in the Capitol, talking to legislators. Hill appeared at a news conference where a national

Net Income for U.S. Farmers Expected to Fall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released estimates on Tuesday that show 2015 is expected to be the second year in

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New Land Trust Seeks to Preserve Farmland

The first-ever statewide non-profit organization to preserve farmland from urban sprawl is launching its operations. Suzan Erem, of West Branch, is president of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, or SILT. Erem says the new organization will be focused to protecting Iowa farmland to grow healthy food. “We’re going to be targeting land that’s surrounding our

Farm Show Showcasing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

During the off-season this winter, some Iowa farmers are kicking the figurative tires on unmanned aerial vehicles, or U-A-Vs, to help with their operations in the spring. Tom Junge, director of the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, says the small remote-control vehicles essentially come in two types, those that fly like airplanes and those that can

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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

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