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Leopold Center considers future after losing funds

Iowa Farmer Today - August 18, 2017 - 2:31pm
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University is shutting down this summer as the organization’s future is uncertain following the Legislature’s decision to cut the center’s state funding.
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Producers expand family operation

Iowa Farmer Today - August 18, 2017 - 6:00am
LaPORTE CITY, Iowa — Joe Thoma was not absolutely positive he wanted a career in pork production when he was growing up on the family farm.
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With the futures prices higher, pork producers manage risk

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 4:15pm
Large numbers of pigs are expected to fill the nation’s packing plants this fall, but added capacity and strong demand could help ease market price concerns.
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Drying strategy can reduce harvest costs

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Eastern Iowa farmer Dave Guthrie is prepared for the possibility of a delayed harvest this fall and stays flexible to manage drying costs while keeping harvest loss low.
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Temperatures, rain amounts drop across Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Below average temperatures were experienced statewide the past week, according to the Aug. 14 USDA Crop Progress report.
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Scattered showers, cool temps prevail in Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Dry, cool weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the Aug. 14 USDA Crop Progress report.
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USDA projections jolt crop size ideas

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Near-trend U.S. corn yields and above-trend U.S. soybean yields defied expectations for the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand report issued Aug. 10.
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Crop report could slow declines in cattle futures

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Sharp declines in live cattle futures last week took feeder cattle prices along with it, but there could be some market upside on the horizon.
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Troubled locks and dams on display during corn group tour

Iowa Farmer Today - August 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Call it mighty or muddy, the Mississippi River looms large for many Iowa, Illinois and Missouri residents.
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Strengthening price expectations send farmer outlook higher

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2017 - 9:00am
The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation.
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Ag groups defend Renewable Fuel Standard

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Editor’s note: The EPA conducted a public hearing Aug. 1 as part of its process of gathering comments on its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal. These are excerpts from hearing statements, with links to more information. Comments filed in the rulemaking…
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Letter to the Editor: Big Money wins over Constitution

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Regarding news reports about a judge striking down a Utah law banning farm filming:
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Ag voices will be important in upcoming trade talks: Economist

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2017 - 1:36pm
AMES, Iowa — When it comes to agriculture, trade is a big deal, and the speakers at a recent economic summit held by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation emphasized that.
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Farmers use social media to capture crop diseases

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2017 - 1:30pm
AMES, Iowa — Farmers, agronomists, crop consultants and specialists now have a place to collectively document and track corn and soybean diseases this growing season.
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The ‘Internet of Things’ comes to rural America

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2017 - 6:26am
I’m sure you’ve heard the term: I - o - T.
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Policies have far-reaching effects on poverty

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
A state budget problem almost always leads to money problems for programs that serve those at the bottom of the economic ladder. And that means 2017 could be a tougher year for those in poverty.
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Poverty stats show how rural America fared during recession

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
The number of people living in poverty rose higher, on average, in rural areas of the United States than urban areas in the past decade of economic instability.
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With financial concerns, rural crisis services field more calls

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
It’s not anything like the 1980s, but managers of the state’s crisis hotline and mediation services are experiencing an uptick in usage as farm prices remain low in 2017.
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Community groups form front line for poverty services

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
Bad times often bring out the good in people.
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Rural IMPACT looks to build brighter future for families

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
In the face of a seemingly unsolvable problem like poverty, it’s easy to forget there are people working every day to make life just a little better for those on the edge of disaster.
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