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Merger to Create Chemical Giant Includes Iowa-Based Businesses

Merger to Create Chemical Giant Includes Iowa-Based Businesses

DuPont Pioneer could soon be merged with Dow. Delaware-based DuPont is the parent company of Iowa-based Pioneer. If the $130 billion plan goes through, it would create the biggest chemical company in the United States and the second largest in the world. Iowa State University management professor David King says ultimately the proposal calls for


Iowa Cattle Producer Says Asian Trade Trip Showed Promise

An eastern Iowa beef producer was part of an Iowa trade delegation that recently traveled to China and Japan to meet with packers and retailers. Jenni Peters, a member of the Iowa Beef Industry Council from Bellevue, says there’s interest in Iowa beef products in both countries, particularly in China, which has not yet reopened


Falling Farm Income Leading to Lower Revenue Projections

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A panel of state budget experts has lowered Iowa revenue projections for the current fiscal year and next year. Citing falling farm income resulting from lower corn and soybean prices, the Revenue Estimating Conference on Thursday predicted the state will take in about $7.04 billion for the fiscal year that

Vilsack Discusses WTO Ruling on COOL

The World Trade Organization (WTO) this week sided with Canada and Mexico in a long-running dispute over U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) rules. The WTO ruling sets the retaliation amount Canada and Mexico can place on American products at $1.1 billion. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency has said all along the amount


Crop Advantage Series Programs Offered Across Iowa

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 14 locations across Iowa during January 2016. Each year, ISU Exension and Outreach specialists and field agronomists present the lastest crop production research and information for the upcoming growing season to producers, agronomists and industry leaders. This


Southwest Iowa Family Receiving Practical Farmers Award

Three siblings who grew up on a farm in southwest Iowa will be honored early next year for their actions in selling the property. Dale Nimrod says his father died of cancer not long after purchasing the farm, near Stanton in Montgomery County, in 1944. Nimrod’s mother stayed on the 240-acre farm and raised her

Hill Re-elected Iowa Farm Bureau President

  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 3, 2015 – Craig Hill of Milo was re-elected president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) for a two-year term at the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Des Moines. Hill has served as IFBF president since 2011.  His Farm Bureau leadership began with the Warren County Farm

Iowa Renewable Fuels Leader Reacts to EPA Fuel Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final targets for using renewable fuels in the next two years under what’s called the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The final numbers for biodiesel and ethanol are below the original numbers called for in the law. The ethanol numbers do not please Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive

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Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Hosting Annual Convention

As many as two-thousand farmers and farming advocates will be attending the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Convention, which opened today in Des Moines. Farm Bureau spokeswoman Laurie Johns says this is the organization’s 97th annual convention and the theme is “Growing for the Greater Good.” Johns says, “Whether that’s education seminars, that’s something that our


Northwest Iowa Farm Ground Sells for $17,300 An Acre

Despite low agricultural commodity prices, Iowa farmland still seems to be in high demand — with buyers willing to pay near-record prices. At a Sioux County land auction held two weeks ago near Hospers, a tract of 154 acres sold for more than 17-thousand dollars an acre. Jim Klein of Remsen was the auctioneer for