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Iowa Crops and Weather Report Issued April 28th

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 wet conditions last week kept many farmers out of the field and with more significant rainfall forecast it will

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Crop Land Value Drops For First Time In 5 Years

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A survey shows the value of Iowa cropland has dropped for the first time since 2009. The survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute shows the value of tillable cropland fell by 5.4 percent in the past six months. The report found the average price of high-quality farmland was $11,104 an


Vilsack: Ag Economy Remains Strong Due to Exports

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he’s confident the agricultural economy will remain strong despite an expected drop in farm income next year as corn prices lag and a pig virus reduces herds. Vilsack, in an interview Friday for “Iowa Press,” the Iowa Public Television program, says this year’s farm


Several Delaware County Farms Honored for Conservation Efforts

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District honored several area residents with awards at Thursday’s Manchester Chamber Ag Luncheon. Every year, the family of Don Eibey joins with the Conservation District to recognize a family that has implemented a new conservation program to protect resources on their farms. This year’s Don Eibey Memorial Award


Area FFA Students Find Ag Career Fair Beneficial

FFA students from five area high schools got a chance to learn more about agriculture on Thursday. They attended an Ag Career Fair prior to the start of the Manchester Chamber’s Ag Luncheon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Twelve businesses set up booths with employees on hand to give the FFA students some insight


Small Herds, Record Exports Cause High Beef Prices

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The average price for a pound of fresh beef is the highest in at least 27 years. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Austin Arndt, president of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association tells the La Crosse Tribune  it’s due to the lingering effects of drought in California, the Great

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Ag Census Shows Boom in Farm Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined. A new government survey says the number of U.S. farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012, about a 4 percent drop from five years earlier.


Crop Prices fell In 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The value of crops fell last year as corn and soybeans prices declined from record highs the year before. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in an annual report the value of 2013 field crops fell 9.8 percent to nearly $167 billion from $185 billion in 2012. The 2012 drought

Iowa Pork Producers Introducing Event for Kids

(CLIVE, Iowa) – An all-new swine educational event is being held for Iowa youth later this month in Ames.   It’s the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Cyclone Swine Spectacular and it’s being paired with the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club’s annual Spring Market Hog Show.   The event will be held on Saturday,

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