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New Survey Shows Value of Delaware County Farmland Averages $8,703

New Survey Shows Value of Delaware County Farmland Averages $8,703

The value of Iowa farmland is going up… a little. A new survey by ISU Extension shows a slight increase in the average farmland value after three straight years of declines. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated at $7,326 – or $143 more for an acre compared to last year.

Driftless Region Beef Conference Jan. 25-26 in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa — With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The sixth annual event will be held Jan. 25-26, 2018, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque. The driftless region in these states contains

Dairy Days Coming to Ryan and Holy Cross

AMES, Iowa – Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2018 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 15 and Feb. 1. “The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team conducts this workshop

Delaware County Farm Bureau Members Attend Organization’s Annual State Convention

Several local residents represented the Delaware County Farm Bureau at the organization’s annual convention in Des Moines this week. Randy Francois, secretary of the Delaware County Farm Bureau Board, was one of them. One of the seminar topics during the two-day convention focused on the 2018 Farm Bill. Francois was joined by fellow Delaware County

Northey Wants Budget Boost to Prepare for Livestock Disease Outbreak

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is asking the governor and legislators for more money to prepare a statewide plan for responding to a major animal disease outbreak. Lawmakers set aside 100-thousand dollars this past spring for the effort, but Northey is recommending the state spend another 150-thousand dollars. “For foreign animal disease preparation,” Northey says,

“Boots in the Barn” Coming in January

A new program for women beef and dairy producers will be held in January in the Dyersville area. Boots in the Barn is a three part series for women involved in their cattle operation.  Two time sessions will be offered with dairy topics from 1 to 3 pm and beef topics from 6:30-8:30 pm. Extension

Deadline to Submit Ballot for FSA Elections

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 29, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Amanda De Jong, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that FSA county committee elections began Nov. 6, with the mailing of ballots. Eligible voters must return ballots to their local FSA offices by

Ag Economy Not Expected to Change Much in 2018

Commodity prices remain low as farmers complete the harvest, but Iowa State University economist David Swenson says those low prices don’t have as big an impact on the state’s overall economic health as they once did. “The ag economy and the low commodity prices continue to be a drag on the state’s economy — but