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Branstad and Perdue Marking Return of U.S. Beef to China

Branstad and Perdue Marking Return of U.S. Beef to China

The U.S. secretary of agriculture and U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor, will meet in Beijing Friday for a ceremony “to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market.” According to the USDA, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will arrive in China with a shipment of beef from the Greater Omaha

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 26

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday 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.   “Crops continue to make good progress and in general remain in good condition, with 79 percent of corn

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 19

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Monday 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.   “Many parts of the state saw some needed rain last week, unfortunately it was accompanied by some

Iowa Hosts Mock Animal Disease Emergency Response Exercise

DES MOINES – Last week over 60 federal, state and local agency, academic and industry professionals met to participate in a mock animal disease emergency response exercise. The exercise was hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship with the support of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.   “Unfortunately, Iowa saw firsthand

Iowa Swine Day Scheduled for June 29th

Ames, Iowa – The deadline to receive the discounted registration fee of $50 to Iowa Swine Day is June 17th; thereafter, the fee rises to $75.  The registration fee includes entry to all sessions, a continental breakfast and pork lunch.  Iowa Swine Day takes place on June 29th in Ames.   Students may register at

Pasture Walk and Cover Crops Field Day Set Near Cascade

Pasture Walk and Cover Crops Field Day “Every acre on the farm was grazed at some time last year,” said Nathan Manternach of Cascade.  Manternach installed a managed grazing system including a central watering site, subdivision fences, and rotational grazing in 2014, and now is intensifying that system to include annual forages, interseeded legumes, and

Listings Accepted for Iowa Hay and Straw Directory

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowa hay and straw producers to register or update their listing on the Iowa Hay and Straw Directory.  The directory lists Iowa producers with hay and straw for sale, as well as organizations and businesses associated with promoting and marketing quality hay and straw.

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 12

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 dry weather allowed farmers to finish planting, make hay, spray for weeds, and side-dress fertilizer.  Most of

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