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Declining Gas Prices Bad News for Ethanol Producers

Not everyone is fully enjoying the decline in gas prices, according to U-S Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber. In Iowa, motorists are paying just under $2 a gallon. That’s down from $3.05 a year ago. “That’s good news for everyone except ethanol producers,” Glauber says. Iowa is the country’s largest producer of both corn

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Senator Grassley Designated “Friend of Farm Bureau”

WASHINGTON- Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa has been designated as a “Friend of Farm Bureau” for the 113th session of Congress that just concluded by the America Farm Bureau Federation. Grassley received the award for his work to advance agricultural interests across Iowa and the United States. “I’m honored to receive this award,” Grassley said.

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Farmland Values Drop Nearly 9% in Recent Survey

Iowa farmland values saw their biggest drop in almost three decades in the latest survey released by Iowa State University Thursday. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development is taking over the survey duties from retired economics professor Mike Duffy. But Duffy helped crunch the numbers this year. ddlandvalue1 The drop means an average value

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Ernst to Serve on Ag Committee in U.S. Senate

Senator-elect Joni Ernst will serve on the Senate Ag Committee, as well as three other committees in the U.S. Senate, after she’s sworn into office next month. Retiring Senator Tom Harkin has had a seat on the Senate Ag Committee and did two stints as its chairman during his 30 year tenure in the senate

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Clayton County Couple Receives Young Farmer Achievement Award

A Clayton County couple has received the Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2014 Young Farmer Achievement Award. Erik and Emily Oberbroeckling were presented the award, which honors young farmers who show outstanding management ability in their farming operations and involvement in Farm Bureau and community activities. The Oberbroecklings farm near Garnavillo and grow corn and soybeans, in

Winter Manure Application Rules Kick In Dec. 21

DES MOINES – Animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on applying liquid manure starting Dec. 21 if the ground is snow-covered. The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application is more likely when manure can’t be injected into the soil or incorporated into a field.

USDA Extends Dairy MPP Application Deadline

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk

John Deere Museum Opening in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is opening in Waterloo, offering a glimpse at the company and how it’s become ingrained in the community. Waterloo is home to John Deere’s largest manufacturing complex. The city’s partnership with the company is a theme of the museum, featuring stories about key people

Branstad Hails Christie’s Veto on Hog Crates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is praising Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a ban on crates for sows but says the New Jersey Republican’s action wasn’t influenced by the 2016 Iowa caucuses. On Monday, Branstad called Christie’s veto on Friday of legislation outlawing gestation crates a “good decision.” Branstad says the

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