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Few Acres Will Be Available for New Farmers

Few Acres Will Be Available for New Farmers

A national survey of land ownership shows just over two-percent of farmland will be available for beginning farmers and ranchers in the next year, perhaps ten-percent over the next five years. Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, says land access is a long-standing problem for those just starting to farm,

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Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors Elects New Officers

ANKENY, IOWA — A farmer from Osage took the gavel as president of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) while six farmers were elected to leadership positions at the association’s board of directors meeting held Sept. 3. Wayne Fredericks of Osage took his seat as president. Farmers elected were: Rolland Schnell, Newton — president-elect Jeff Jorgenson,


Iowa Corn Growers Association Holds Annual Meeting

DES MOINES, IA – August 29th, 2015 – The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) Annual Meeting and Policy Conference which took place this week in Des Moines. Delegates had the opportunity to review expiring policies and debate new resolutions. The Annual Meeting and Policy Conference is the year-end event in the policy development process. The

Iowa Farmers Home from Trade Trip to South America

A delegation of Iowa corn growers and livestock producers has just returned from a trade trip to South America. Kent Pruismann, who raises cattle in the northwest Iowa town of Rock Valley, says the Iowa Meat Trade Mission took them to Chile and Peru. “We met a lot of folks down there that are interested


Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Aug. 31

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today 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. “The heavy rains that rolled through North-central Iowa late last week caused flash-flooding and created real challenges for farmers and

EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule Goes Into Effect for Iowa

A federal judge in North Dakota has indefinitely delayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule that was to go into effect Friday, but the delay applies only in the 13 states that filed a lawsuit challenging the rule. Iowa is not one of those 13 states. Senator Chuck Grassley says congress

1,800 Farmers Commit Millions to Water Quality Practices

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that $3.5 million in cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices have been obligated to farmers in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.  The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification

Clinton Unveils Proposed Plan to Revitalize Rural America

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a series of steps she says will help revitalize rural America. Standing in front of a John Deere tractor, Clinton spoke to a crowd of more than 250 at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. “I wanted to emphasize the changing face of rural Iowa

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Farm Profits to Fall Second Consecutive Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income. The abundance of grain leftover from last year’s crop and this year’s anticipated harvest of the third-largest corn crop and second-largest soybean crop on record


Economist: “Hard to Predict Future of Beef Industry”

Even though much of the nation’s beef comes from our region, beef prices in Iowa grocery stores have been inching upwards for months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says it’s hard to predict where the beef industry is going, but the recent closure of a beef slaughter plant in western Iowa may be an indicator.