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Center for Rural Affairs Rolls Out Platform for Next Farm Bill

The Center for Rural Affairs is rolling out its platform for the next farm bill. Anna Johnson, a policy associate for the center, says they want the massive new package of agricultural legislation to include a higher premium subsidy for those farmers who use conservation methods. “One proposal that’s in our platform is to reward

Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers Who Sell to Co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven of North Dakota surfaced in

Groups Call for More Regulation of Large Hog Operations

A coalition of more than two dozen state, local, and national organizations rallied at the statehouse Tuesday urging passage of a package of bills they say will strengthen regulation of large hog confinement operations known as CAFO’s. The coalition says they have diminished the quality of life in the Iowa countryside. The Iowa Alliance for

Trump Discusses Rural Broadband, NAFTA at Farm Bureau Convention

A White House task force on rural America has released its recommendations and improving broadband access is a top priority. Ninety-six percent of city residents have access to high-speed connections, compared to just 61 percent of rural residents. President Trump addressed the disparity Monday during a speech at the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville.

Producers Encouraged to Register for Iowa Sensitive Crops Registry

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today highlighted the success of the revamped Iowa Sensitive Crops Registry and encouraged eligible producers and apiarists to register or re-save their data for the 2018 growing season.   “We have been encouraged to see such a strong response to the updated directory and

Iowa Offering Farmers Training Sessions on Use of Dicamba

Iowa is one of several states that will be conducting training sessions for the use of a controversial herbicide in the coming weeks. Dicamba, used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified soybeans (and cotton), is blamed for damaging other nearby crops. Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture Mike Naig believes the training will help

Report: Opioid Crisis Worse for Farm Families

The opioid crisis is hitting farm families much harder than the rest of rural America, according to a survey commissioned by the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union. Will Rodger, director of policy communications for the Farm Bureau, says an overwhelming majority of farmers and farm workers surveyed said they have been impacted by

Iowa Farmer Named President of American Soybean Association

A southeastern Iowa farmer is the incoming president of the American Soybean Association’s board of directors. John Heisdorffer of Keota says keeping a close eye on trade policy will be among his top priorities. “Without trade, soybean growers are going to be in big trouble,” Heisdorffer says. “NAFTA is a big thing right now. We

February 5th Deadline for Census of Agriculture Survey

Time is running out for Iowa farmers to return their 2017 Census of Agriculture forms. The USDA conducts the survey every five years and the results help shape federal and state policy. Iowa’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is urging farmers and landowners to fill out the entire survey and take it seriously. “The