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It’s a farm bill, not a food bill

Iowa Farmer Today - 4 hours 31 min ago
Celebrity chefs are much ado about the farm bill these days making the rounds on Capitol Hill, according to a recent story in The Washington Post. As a side note, we wish The Washington Post and other news outlets would…
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Animal health: Cornerstone to food security

Iowa Farmer Today - 4 hours 31 min ago
In 2015 we endured our largest and most expensive animal health emergency in U.S. history when highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) swept across 15 states, causing the forced depopulation of 48 million chickens and turkeys and a $3.3 billion economic…
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Nitrogen, atrazine dominate ag chemical survey

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
The National Agricultural Statistics Service Agricultural Chemical Use Program is the USDA’s official source of statistics about on-farm and post-harvest fertilizer and pesticide use and pest management practices.
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Farmer favors voluntary conservation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 11:00am
STRAWN, Ill. — Terry Bachtold operates a 135-acre farm in Livingston County, Ill., growing corn and soybeans with a grass-fed cow-calf operation that features rotational grazing with about 20 paddocks.
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Leaders discuss farm bill framework

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 10:00am
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Hog prices show predictable patterns

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Lee Schulz, Iowa State University Extension ag economist, for the university’s Ag Decision Maker May 2017 newsletter.
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Own vs. lease: Cost-per-acre comes into play in machinery purchase plan

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 7:00am
About a year ago, I was in the market for a new pickup truck. Since I had not purchased one in a few years, I was somewhat taken aback by the price on the window sticker. Nearly $58,000 for the…
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Farmers respond to common questions about conservation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Mark Mueller grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa for a nearby dairy on his family’s large row crop operation east of Waverly in Bremer County. Mueller is a strong proponent of cover crops and is participating in a 10-year study on…
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Conservation groups guide farmers through programs, paperwork

Iowa Farmer Today - May 25, 2017 - 7:00am
MELBOURNE, Iowa — Tim Recker is giving a tour showcasing different types of conservation structures. Pointing at a bio-reactor, he makes a simple statement.
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Farm conservation leaders describe trials and solutions

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
KALONA, Iowa — Returns from conservation practices may be hard to quantify, and management challenges difficult to overcome, but Southeast Iowa farmers Steve Berger and Francis Thicke see viable solutions to preserve Iowa’s topsoil and reduce nutrient loss.
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Pork belly provides fuel for increase in value

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2017 - 8:26am
Hog prices continued a four-month rally last week, thanks primarily to strong domestic and export markets.
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Weather, currency and shifting exports at play

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2017 - 8:17am
Wet weather and currency shifts influenced grain markets over the past week, but it may be a few more weeks before acreage and yield guesses begin to form trade expectations for new crop production.
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Proposed budget slashes USDA programs

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2017 - 2:48pm
Massive cuts mark the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the USDA, drawing swift reaction from a number of agricultural organizations along with the reminder that much of what the president has proposed is unlikely to make it through Congress.
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Pasture condition holds steady on the week

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2017 - 12:47pm
Soil moisture levels are adequate to surplus in most of the Corn Belt, but soils are a little drier in the northern Plains.
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Despite rain, planting makes progress

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2017 - 9:04am
The nation’s corn crop is now 84 percent planted, up 13 percent from a week ago, according to this week’s USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report released today (May 22). That is 1 percent behind the five-year average…
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China pushes public to accept GMO as Syngenta takeover nears

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2017 - 8:22am
China will carry out a nationwide poll next month to test the public’s acceptance of genetically-modified food, a technology the government says would boost yields and sustainable agriculture in a country that’s seen consumption soar.
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Stabilizers increase nitrogen’s benefit

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2017 - 7:00am
As profit margins get smaller, it’s even more critical for farmers to protect what they have. Throw in the unpredictability of the weather and farmers sometimes run out of options.
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