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More Iowa Farms Test Positive for Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two more Iowa farms have tested positive for bird flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says two northwest Iowa farms raising young chickens to eventually lay eggs likely have the virus. No estimate of numbers was immediately released for a farm in Sioux County, the 12th case in that county

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Guess the Weight of Historic Wooden Grain Elevator

At the county fair, a carny might attempt to take your money and offer a prize for guessing your weight. In the Audubon County town of Ross, you could be rewarded for guessing the weight of the last wooden grain elevator and help to save it. Bob and Janet Nelson, owners of the 130-year-old elevator,

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – May 11

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 entire state saw at least some precipitation over the past week and as result planting progress was slowed, especially

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – May 4

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. “Conditions were nearly ideal in much of the state last week and as a result farmers were able to make

Bird Flu Found in Four More Iowa Locations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Monday that new cases were reported at an

Search is On for Iowa’s Best Pork Tenderloin

Entries for Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin will be accepted starting this Friday. Kelsey Sutter with the Iowa Pork Producers Association says it’s a hotly-contested title for a much-loved sandwich in the nation’s number-one pork producing state. “Really, breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches are just a staple, a Midwest favorite, and we’re simply on the search

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – April 27

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. “Fieldwork and planting slowed with the cool wet weather that was seen last week, but will likely begin in earnest

Timing of Planting Can Be an Issue

Farmers got started planting last week before rains and cooler weather hit heading into this week. Iowa State University extension agronomist, Mark Licht, says he still cautions farmers to keep an eye on the forecast in deciding when to plant to avoid problems. “Some of this corn that did get planted late last week, there

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Survey Suggests Economy Slowing in Rural Areas of Ten States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes

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