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Iowa Wins Federal Money for Watershed Improvement Projects

Iowa pulled in a big chunk of money Wednesday as part of a new U-S-D-A Regional Conservation Partnership Program that’s designed to improve water quality. The assistant chief of the U-S Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kirk Hanlin, announced the award at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) offices in Des Moines. “We’re

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What Crops Should Farmers Plant in 2015?

Iowa farmers are considering some difficult options as they try to determine what crops they’ll plant in the spring, given how 2014 wrapped up poorly for so many growers. Joe Glauber, the chief economist for the U-S Department of Agriculture, says plenty of farmers took a big hit last year after commodity prices dropped. “Large

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Record Soybean Crop in 2014

The 2014 soybean crop is one for the record books. Grant Kimberley, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) market development director, said today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final 2014 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports — considered by traders as some of the most important assessments of the year — were

Iowa Biodiesel Production Decreased in 2014

The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says biodiesel production in the state decreased slightly last year. But, Monte Shaw says Iowa is still the nation’s leading producer of the fuel — accounting for roughly 16 percent of U.S. biodiesel production. “In 2014, Iowa produced 227 million gallons of biodiesel, which was down

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Iowa Farm Bureau Partners with Iowa State Athletics

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has launched a new partnership with the Iowa State University Athletics Department. IFBF president Craig Hill says the initiative will involve recognition of ISU athletes who excel both on and off the playing field. “It will be a combination of highlighting athletes, but also highlighting farmers and Iowa’s farm


U.S. Ag Secretary Vilsack Reflects on 2014

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is describing 2014 as a year of big challenges, big issues and big accomplishments for farming. The former Iowa governor says one of the biggest challenges for farmers and ranchers was the effect of supply and demand on markets and prices. A smaller supply of pork and beef led to


Ag Secretary Northey Reflects on 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is reflecting on the year… and he says there is plenty for farmers to be thankful for. “For most farmers in Iowa, we had awful good crops. We had some spots that weren’t…there’s lots and lots of fields out there that all yield different.


Record Iowa Ethanol Production in 2014

Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced three-point-nine billion gallons of the corn-based fuel in 2014, a new production record. Monte Shaw is executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “Part of it was the combination of relatively high crude oil prices for most of the year, although that tailed off certainly and the great harvest we

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