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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – April 18

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday 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 weather was nearly ideal in much of the state last week and planting got underway in earnest with

Kinze Manufacturing Announces Layoffs Due to Low Grain Prices

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 121 workers as low grain prices have slowed farmer purchases. The Des Moines Register reports the Williamsburg-based company announced Monday that office and factory worker cuts will be effective June 18. The eastern Iowa company makes planters and grain carts.

Northey Provides Recommendations for No-Till or Strip-Till Farmers

DES MOINES – Farmers in Iowa continue to expand usage of no-till or strip-till to limit runoff, improve water quality and reduce production costs.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today shared a list of recommendations and resources that are valuable for experienced no-/strip-tillers and those new to the practice.   “We are in the

Study Shows Farmers Profit from Crop Insurance Policies

An Iowa State University study finds many farmers are making bushels of money simply by taking out crop insurance. I-S-U economics professor Bruce Babcock says the study looked at crop insurance returns since the start of the last decade, running from the year 2000 to 2014. “The average rate of return on farmer-paid premium dollars

USDA Expands Safety Net for Dairy Operations Adding Next Generation

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the

Farmers Waiting for Soil to Warm Up Before Planting

The U-S-D-A crop report released Monday showed high winds and frequent showers kept many Iowa farmers from getting the planting season underway. Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist Joel DeJong  works in northwest Iowa and says despite the cooler temperatures, most of the signs are positive. “The soil conditions right now really look like for


Iowa Crops and Weather Report – April 11

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Monday 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.   “Wet, cool and windy weather kept farmers from the fields for much of the past week and mean we

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Iowa Soybean Association Launches Soy Scholars Program

ANKENY, IOWA — High school students considering an ag-related career are encouraged to participate in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Soy Scholars program launching this month at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Ames, April 18-19. Four students will be selected to participate in the three-session career emersion, field experience and job shadow program. During

Mason City Pork Plant Opponents Seek Support from Neighboring City

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Opponents of a proposed pork plant in Mason City have asked officials in neighboring Clear Lake to stand against the plan. Clinton, North Carolina-based Prestage Farms announced plans earlier this month to build a $240 million plant that ultimately will employ about 2,000 people. About a dozen people spoke against

Iowa Corn Group Shows Strength in Numbers at State Capitol

JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 31, 2016 – More than 100 Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members descended upon the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 30th for the second “Iowa Corn Day on the Hill” lobbying event. This delegation included ICGA Board of Directors, county leaders and student FFA members from across the state. “A critical