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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – April 3

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “The damp weather has mostly kept farmers from starting spring field work.  There have been some fertilizer applications that

Farmers to Plant Most Soybeans Ever

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of acres planted in wheat this year will be the lowest on record and much of that will be planted instead to soybeans which will be at a record high of 89.5 million acres. Four years of good wheat growing weather led

IPP Report Critical of Agriculture Nuisance Bill Headed to Governor

An Iowa City based research organization has released a report that’s critical of a bill approved at the statehouse dealing with nuisance claims against large livestock operations. David Osterberg is co-author of the report, titled “CAFOs and the diminished defense of public health,” released by the Iowa Policy Project. At issue is a bill that’s

Confirmation Hearing for U.S. Ag Secretary Nominee

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday for U.S. Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. Democrats on the panel have raised questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to agriculture. Perdue said he did not have input into the administration’s proposed budget, which calls for a 21-percent cut at USDA, but the former governor of

Iowa Farms Almost Entirely Family-Owned

JOHNSTON, Iowa – There is a popular myth out there that today’s modern food production system is being run by corporations or industrialized agriculture. But, the truth is that much of our food is grown and raised on farms by families. Iowa has roughly 88,000 farms and 129,000 farm operators. According to the U.S. Department

Four Iowa Corn Growers Recognized in National Contest

JOHNSTON, IA – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recognized four Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members as winners of the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas last week.   “NCYC not only grants the participants the recognition that they deserve, it also gives them the

Iowans Helping Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting opportunities for Iowans to support farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by wildfires in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Tragically, seven people have died and officials have estimated that thousands of cattle have been killed by the fires.  More than 2,300 square miles, much of

Senator Ernst Wary of Cuts to USDA Food Programs

Senator Joni Ernst says she’s “legitimately undecided” about the health care plan House Republican leaders have crafted as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. And Ernst is raising concerns about some of the budget cuts President Trump proposed last week, including a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “When you look

DNR Reviews Groundwater Levels Heading Into Spring Months

The northern part of Iowa remains wetter than normal, while the driest part of the state in southern Iowa hasn’t change much either during the winter months. Tim Hall tracks the groundwater situation for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “It’s that southeastern corner of Iowa that we’re just keeping an eye on. They have