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Workshop to Maximize Economic Returns to Fertilizer Expense

(ISU EXTENSION AND OUTREACH) With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations. “We will take a step-by-step approach on

Reth Family Joins Ranks of Master Pork Producers

(CLIVE, Iowa) — A family that successfully raises crops and hogs in Delaware County has been named 2016 Master Pork Producers by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Russ and Dianne Reth of Manchester were honored at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last week. IPPA presented the couple with the award emblem, the

Several Honored at Delaware County Beef Banquet

  Hundreds turned out for the Delaware County Beef Banquet Saturday night at the fairgrounds pavilion, where the Cattlemen honored several people involved in the beef industry. Kellie Monaghan, who served this past year as the county’s Beef Princess, was named Delaware County Beef Queen. Monaghan says her family is tied to the beef industry, which

Expert Says Super Weed in Iowa Should Not Be Ignored

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – An invasive weed that can grow up to 7 feet tall has been found in nearly half of Iowa’s counties, and experts say farmers need to act quickly if the plant is found in their fields. Bob Hartzler is a professor of weed science at Iowa State University. He tells the

Northey: Now a Good Time to Consider Joining a CSA

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages Iowans to consider joining a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that will give them access to fresh, locally grown produce throughout the growing season.   “CSAs are a great opportunity to partner with a farmer and share in the harvest of fresh, nutritious, locally grown

Beef Feedlot Roundtable Offered Feb. 9 at Five Iowa Locations

Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are teaming up with University of Nebraska—Lincoln and the Nebraska Beef Council to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at five Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 9. IBC extension beef program specialist Erika Lundy said these sessions are offered annually in Nebraska and a cooperative

Century and Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged to Apply

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging eligible farm owners to apply for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case

Iowa Pork Congress Opens Today in Des Moines

Organizers of the 45th annual Iowa Pork Congress expect as many as five-thousand producers from across the state to attend the two-day event, opening today  in Des Moines. It’s one of North America’s largest winter swine trade shows. Ron Birkenholz, spokesman for the Iowa Pork Producers, says the keynote speaker is very humorous and thought-provoking.

Grassley Raises Concerns Over Trump’s Pull-out of Trade Deal

Some Iowans are worried about the impact on the state’s billions of dollars in exports after President Trump signed an order Monday to pull out of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says trade is vital to several Iowa industries, chiefly agriculture, manufacturing and services. “You’re playing with fire when you

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