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2017 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

This week, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encouraged Iowans to nominate farmers who have taken actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of Iowa. The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award, is a joint effort between the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-24-2017

Rural Infrastructure Improvement-Very Important to Farmers

Profit Matters 2-24-17 Rural America doesn’t want to be left out if the Trump administration begins to make infrastructure improvements. Farm groups sent a letter to the president Wednesday, asking for projects in rural America to be included in any future infrastructure improvement plans. The Trump administration has hinted at funding an infrastructure improvement package
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-24-2017

Largest Ag Producers Changing Crop Protection Plans

A new study from Millennium Research shows that the nation’s largest farmers are still uncommitted or making changes to their crop protection plans. The “Farmer Speaks” study shows producers being more aggressive in cutting costs after a tough year in 2016. Growers who farm 1,000 or more acres are planning on making the highest percentage
Author: staff writer
Posted: 02-24-2017

Dairy farmers want effective safety net in farm bill

The first 2018 Farm Bill development meeting took place this week. Legislators have been encouraging the nation’s producers to speak up about what worked in the last Farm Bill and what didn’t. Online publication Milk Business quotes Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts as saying: “We need clear direction on what is and what is not working in
Author: staff writer
Posted: 02-24-2017

Cotton, the red-headed stepchild of the farm bill

The first Senate Agriculture Committee farm bill field hearing took place Thursday in Manhattan, Kansas. Farmers raised many concerns but the commodity group feeling like they get the least help is the cotton growers. Tom Lahey is a fourth-generation cotton farmer from Moscow, Kansas. “Shortly after the passage of the 2014 farm bill, cotton prices
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-24-2017

Savoring Him

Friday February 24, 2017 So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. -Exodus 33:11 Recently, I was in an arena where a bottle of water is $5, and pop costed practically an arm and a leg. After trying to fight thirst, I finally gave in and bought
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-24-2017

“The hurt in farm country is real”

LISTEN: Roberts-Stabenow Farm Bill Press Conference Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) held the first farm bill field hearing on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan Thursday afternoon. The hearing is titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas.” “Together
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-23-2017

Northey Visits Webster City FFA Students

Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey, visited FFA students at Webster City High School on Tuesday afternoon in honor of National FFA Week. According to Northey, being apart of FFA is a constructive way to mold the minds of tomorrow. “There’s a lot of leadership lessons that are a part of FFA, and ag education in general
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-23-2017

2017 Corn Crop-Forecast to be Big

Agribusiness Matters 2-23-17 A Grain Marketing Specialist at the University of Illinois has developed a Supply & Demand table for corn. It starts, says Todd Hubbs, with the number of acres he believes farmers will plant this year. “I see a reduction in corn acreage so I put it at about 91.5 which it’s a
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-23-2017

Canada and Mexico Want All NAFTA Partners at Renegotiation Table

Senior officials from Canada and Mexico say renegotiation’s of the North American Free Trade Agreement will happen with all nations at the table. The trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is being targeted by President Donald Trump for “tweaking.” Trump has indicated he may pursue individual trade agreements with both Canada and Mexico.
Author: staff writer
Posted: 02-23-2017