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USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers can begin signing up for new safety net programs next week established in the 2014 farm bill that replace the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on risks farmers face. Vilsack announced the roll-out of the programs on Thursday, and said farmers can

Black Hawk County Nixes Proposed Loose Cattle Fine

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa county has shelved a proposal to crack down on stray livestock. The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone the measure indefinitely after hearing concerns from local farmers about possible conflicts with state laws. Sheriff Tony Thompson had sought better enforcement tools to deal

Iowa Farming Officials Seek Punishment for Thieves

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and other farm property, the Des Moines Register reported.

Early Harvest

USDA Boosts Corn, Soybean Harvest To New Records

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The nation’s corn and soybean farmers will harvest by far the largest crops ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Bigger crops have been expected this year as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions, but the new estimates far

Netherlands King Attends Ethanol Plant Opening

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials at the opening of one of the world’s first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants say it signifies a shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution. The opening of Project Liberty Wednesday was marked with cutting ribbons stretched over baled corn cobs, stalks and leaves that will

WATER ALLIANCE

Farm Trade Groups Form Water Quality Alliance

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Three Iowa farm trade groups have formed an organization called the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance to push farmers harder on the implementation of farm practices designed to clean Iowa’s water. The group’s goal is to get more farmers to participate in the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a voluntary program initiated

Vilsack: Farmers Should Be Okay Despite Price Drops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he isn’t worried about farmer profitability this year, when huge corn and soybean crops have pushed prices for the commodities below the cost of production. Vilsack tells The Associated Press that many U.S. farmers have contracts that will pay $4 or $5 a

Commission Adopts New Iowa Water Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The commission that oversees water quality regulations in Iowa has adopted new rules that align state regulations with those imposed by the federal Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Commission’s proposed rules primarily give the Iowa Department of Natural Resources authority to inspect farms and issue permits that regulate manure

Champion Hog Sells for $50,000 at Iowa State Fair Livestock Auction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year. The Des Moines Register reports hundreds watched the auctions Saturday. The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested

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