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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 18

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.   “In general crops remain in good condition with 81 percent of corn and 80 percent of soybeans rated in

ISA Sponsoring New Events, Longtime Favorites at Iowa State Fair

ANKENY, IOWA — The Iowa State Fair is right around the corner and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) will ensure fairgoers have fun while learning about agriculture and the role soybean farmers play in helping feed and fuel Iowa, the nation and the world. The association, based in Ankeny and committed to improving the competitiveness

Iowa Loses Woodland; More Land Used for Farming

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa has lost 97,000 acres of woodland in recent years as more land was used for farming. The Des Moines Register reports that the reduction in forested land may contribute to the state’s problems with farm runoff and poor water quality. The federal Agriculture Department says Iowa lost 192,000 acres

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USDA Awards Grants to Farms and Small Businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 33 small Iowa businesses and farms have been awarded grants to reduce energy costs by improving lighting and installing solar energy systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says more than $670,000 is approved for the projects including funding a wind energy project and improvements to

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 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.   “In general, crops continue to make good progress statewide and maturity remains ahead of the five-year average.  The storm

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 5

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.   “Spotty rains and cooler temperatures were welcomed across the state this past week, but many areas, especially in south-central

Dairy Producers Can Enroll to Protect Milk Production Margins

DES MOINES, Iowa–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Iowa has announced that dairy producers can enroll for 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) starting July 1. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin – the

Next Generation of Taiwanese Swine Producers Visit Iowa

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Taiwanese swine producers, government officials, researchers and association representatives visited Iowa and Minnesota from June 6 to the 17 to familiarize themselves with both modern U.S. swine production practices and the U.S. grains industry. As part of the mission, they toured the diversified production farm of Iowa

Soil Health Field Days Planned Across Iowa

Iowa farmers can learn from experts and peers on how to adopt agricultural practices to improve soil health at a series of field days this summer. Hosted by area farmers enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership, as well as other local organizations, the events will highlight the economic and environmental benefits that come from improved

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