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Crop Prices fell In 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The value of crops fell last year as corn and soybeans prices declined from record highs the year before. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in an annual report the value of 2013 field crops fell 9.8 percent to nearly $167 billion from $185 billion in 2012. The 2012 drought

Iowa Pork Producers Introducing Event for Kids

(CLIVE, Iowa) – An all-new swine educational event is being held for Iowa youth later this month in Ames.   It’s the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Cyclone Swine Spectacular and it’s being paired with the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club’s annual Spring Market Hog Show.   The event will be held on Saturday,


U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – It isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent to President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year

U.S. House Passes Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than two years of partisan squabbles over food and farm policy, the House passed and sent to the Senate Wednesday an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies. The measure, which the House approved 251-166, had backing from the

Dave Kronlage 2014 AFBF

Kronlage Represents Iowa at American Farm Bureau Meeting

The Farm Bureau grassroots policy process went full circle at the 95th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) held Jan 11-15 in San Antonio Texas.   State Farm Bureaus work on their policies throughout the year with final resolutions presented to the American Farm Bureau in the fall.  The AFBF brought the policies

Delaware County Beef Royalty

Delaware County Beef Banquet

The Delaware County Beef Banquet was held Saturday night… It was a sentimental night for the Delaware County Cattlemen as they remembered one of their own. Cattlemen President Mark Monaghan passed away unexpectedly just two weeks ago. Musician Bill Stock, who was on hand to perform for the crowd, paid tribute to Monaghan with a

Ethanol Advocates Join for Hearing in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says federal authorities must use “common sense” and reconsider a proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline. Branstad kicked off a daylong hearing in Des Moines on Thursday about the issue. Other supporters of ethanol production are scheduled to speak, including


Manchester Teen Competing in Iowa Pork Queen Contest

A Manchester teen is competing in the Iowa Pork Queen Contest in Des Moines this week. Leah Willie served as last year’s Delaware County Pork Queen and is representing the county at this year’s state contest. Willie is among nine contestants competing for the title. A Pork Princess will also be chosen from the group

Iowa Farm Bureau Seeks Participants For China Trip

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Farm Bureau is seeking participants for a market study tour of China. The group says it’s now accepting applications from its members for a trip that includes meeting with Chinese farmers, agriculture business leaders, government officials and Beijing citizens. It is tentatively scheduled for early July. Officials

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