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Statewide Cost-Share Available for Water Quality Practices

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reminds farmers the 2016 sign-up period is open for cost share funds for nutrient reduction practices. This program has been popular with farmers interested in adding additional practices to their operation. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a

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Iowa Farm Bureau Hosting Economic Summit

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Variability and trends in farmland value and land rental rates are critical to any farming operation and the vitality of the rural economy, and for many farmers, rent is the biggest expense for the farm operation. That’s why Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2016 Economic Summit, “Buckle Up for Bumpy Ride,” to

Open House on Iowa’s Hop Production

The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture will be hosting an open house to provide information and stimulate discussion about hop production in the state of Iowa. The open house will be hosted by Diana Cochran, assistant professor and extension fruit specialist at Iowa State University, and will take place at the ISU Horticulture Research

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 13

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 warm temperatures and dry weather have aided crop development and allowed farmers to make hay, do some spraying and

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 6

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. “Crops continue to make good progress in general, with 80 percent of both the corn and beans rated in good

World Pork Expo Opens Wednesday in Des Moines

Almost 50 nations will be represented at the World Pork Expo which opens this week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Sheila Warrick is general manager for the 28th annual event, which she says will be much larger this year. “We’re actually up to almost 900 exhibit spaces this year all throughout the

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – May 30

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. “Wet weather continues to present challenges for farmers try to wrap up planting and conduct other field work. Fortunately, corn

Dairy Iowa Event Includes Program for Farmers and Youth

ANKENY, Iowa – Mike Pearson, Iowa Public TV’s Market to Market host, and dairy economist Dr. Marin Bozic of the University of Minnesota are the headline speakers for a Dairy Iowa event June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prairie Links Golf and Event Center in Waverly, Iowa. The program also includes

Cash Rent Prices Decline for Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. After 15 consecutive years of rental price increases (1998-2012), prices have now gone down for three straight years. Prices dropped by 6.5 percent in

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