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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – August 3

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on Monday, August 3rd on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “Crops continue to mature and the outlook remains generally good with 83 percent of corn and 79

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New CEO for Iowa Pork Producers Association

The state’s primary pork producers organization has a new leader. The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Board of Directors has announced Pat McGonegle of Urbandale will become the organization’s new CEO on October 1. He’ll replace Rich Degner, who is retiring after 35 years with IPPA, the last 17 as CEO. McGonegle has been with National

Environmental Group Pushing DNR for Cleaner Water Standards

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are turning in petition signatures to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, calling for tougher enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Jess Mazour, I-C-C-I’s farm and environment organizer, says the comments were focused on the D-N-R’s draft list of impaired waterways. She says more accountability is needed. “We

Governor Extends Bird Flu State of Disaster Emergency

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration Tuesday is the third extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired Friday. The virus has infected more than 31.5 million birds

USDA Expects to Pay $191 Million for Bird Flu Losses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that’s in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 27

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday, July 27th 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 continued pattern of rain showers and storms moving across the state means crops generally have plenty of

New Bird Flu Vaccine Works in Chickens; Testing on Turkeys

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that is 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it protects turkeys. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday that the agency plans to quickly license it

First Iowa Farm Hit by Bird Flu Nearing Restocking Time

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – One of the first Iowa turkey farms to get bird flu is getting nearing the time at which birds can be restocked but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday all farms have been cleared

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 20

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. “In general, crops are in pretty good shape with 83 percent of corn and 77 percent of beans rated good

Iowa Farmers Rally in DC to Sway EPA Over Fuel Rules

Corn growers from across Iowa and nationwide are in Washington D-C this week, hoping to get lawmakers and officials to hear their concerns about the future of ethanol. Bruce Rohwer, past-president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Paullina, says corn growers hope to sway the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the

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