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Iowa Pork Producers Offering Seminars at Iowa Pork Congress

Iowa Pork Producers Offering Seminars at Iowa Pork Congress

(CLIVE, Iowa) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer a variety of free business seminars of importance to hog farmers at the 2015 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. The 43rd annual Iowa Pork Congress is being held Jan. 28 and 29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines and all of the

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Iowa Farm Bureau Partners with Iowa State Athletics

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has launched a new partnership with the Iowa State University Athletics Department. IFBF president Craig Hill says the initiative will involve recognition of ISU athletes who excel both on and off the playing field. “It will be a combination of highlighting athletes, but also highlighting farmers and Iowa’s farm

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U.S. Ag Secretary Vilsack Reflects on 2014

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is describing 2014 as a year of big challenges, big issues and big accomplishments for farming. The former Iowa governor says one of the biggest challenges for farmers and ranchers was the effect of supply and demand on markets and prices. A smaller supply of pork and beef led to

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Ag Secretary Northey Reflects on 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is reflecting on the year… and he says there is plenty for farmers to be thankful for. “For most farmers in Iowa, we had awful good crops. We had some spots that weren’t…there’s lots and lots of fields out there that all yield different.

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Record Iowa Ethanol Production in 2014

Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced three-point-nine billion gallons of the corn-based fuel in 2014, a new production record. Monte Shaw is executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “Part of it was the combination of relatively high crude oil prices for most of the year, although that tailed off certainly and the great harvest we

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

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