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Rural poverty concerns met with aid from communities

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 2:00pm
GLENWOOD, Iowa — Deb Dabney’s voice cracks as she talks about the Mills County Storehouse.
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Proposed EPA fuel standards get mixed reviews

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 1:00pm
Biofuels advocates made their voices heard Aug. 1 as they testified at an annual EPA public hearing in Washington, D.C.
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Corn, soybean progress on track in Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 7:00am
Hay baling continued with cooler temperatures throughout the state, according to the Aug. 7 USDA Crop Progress report. The average temperature was 70.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, 0.42 inches below normal.
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Missouri crops advance during cool, wet week

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 7:00am
The state of Missouri experienced above normal rainfall last week while temperatures averaged 71.1 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal, according to the Aug. 7 USDA Crop Progress report. Precipitation averaged 1.81 inches statewide, 1.07 inches above normal. There were 5.4…
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Big Data can mean big savings: Economist

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2017 - 3:30am
ST. LOUIS — Big Data in agriculture isn’t really new. The technology used to collect it may be, but common sense still rules its use.
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RAGBRAI highlights rural Iowa culture

Iowa Farmer Today - August 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Whether it was a place to spend the night, good food and even better drinks along the road, or learning opportunities and festivals in every town, RAGBRAI riders got their money’s worth as they biked through Iowa during the last…
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Cattle market softens with seasonal changes

Iowa Farmer Today - August 9, 2017 - 10:47am
Cattle and beef prices are likely to show some seasonal weakness as summer progresses.
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Beyond crop estimates, demand looks positive

Iowa Farmer Today - August 9, 2017 - 10:36am
The much-anticipated USDA August crop estimates might have short-lived market impact.
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Iowa ag leaders discuss water rule clarity

Iowa Farmer Today - August 8, 2017 - 4:21pm
WEST DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds and other top Republicans in the state met with the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday and gave their full support for efforts by the Trump administration to change the controversial…
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Farm bill possibilities top talk during Perdue tour

Iowa Farmer Today - August 8, 2017 - 8:41am
CHENOA, Ill. — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told those attending a tour of the Evergreen FS plant in central Illinois that he wished the public could see the plant and hear first-hand about the environmental and safety standards.
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Trade, help for new farmers get top billing at Iowa Ag Summit

Iowa Farmer Today - August 8, 2017 - 8:25am
DES MOINES — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke to an Iowa crowd last weekend and told them he was focused on reducing unnecessary regulations.
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Farm families receive 2017 Way We Live awards

Iowa Farmer Today - August 7, 2017 - 11:26am
DES MOINES — Six Iowa farm families will be recognized as recipients of the 2017 Way We Live Award at the Iowa State Fair.
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Competitors, officials prep for ‘thrills’ at the Iowa State Fair

Iowa Farmer Today - August 7, 2017 - 11:15am
DES MOINES — Gary Slater is hoping the weather is better for next week’s Iowa State Fair than it was a few weeks earlier, when temperatures climbed into triple digits. But no amount of hot weather could make Slater sweat…
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Unprofitable acres provide opportunity for cover crop experiment

Iowa Farmer Today - August 7, 2017 - 9:00am
AMES, Iowa — Better land management in a system that includes cover crops could benefit farmers in a variety of ways, according to speakers at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s July 20 economic summit.
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Crops bounce back from heavy rains

Iowa Farmer Today - August 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
Farmers are hoping the faucet shuts off in northeast Iowa, at least for a while.
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Leaders defend insurance policies at hearing

Iowa Farmer Today - August 5, 2017 - 11:43am
The Senate Agriculture Committee held a farm bill hearing July 25 that focused on commodity, credit and crop insurance programs. This follows previous farm bill field hearings in Kansas and Michigan, as well as committee meetings on the farm economy,…
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Silage an option for weather-stressed corn

Iowa Farmer Today - August 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Several factors may be contributing to more silage chopping throughout the Midwest.
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Update NAFTA soon, carefully: U.S. Reps

Iowa Farmer Today - August 5, 2017 - 8:00am
President Trump has set a bold vision for trade expansion and enforcement, including new bilateral agreements and improvements to existing pacts. Having a veteran trade negotiator lead these efforts will be critical as we navigate these negotiations. Know that we…
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Farmers like current farm bill’s risk tools

Iowa Farmer Today - August 5, 2017 - 8:00am
Editor’s note: Representatives of many farm and ag lending organizations testified on risk management July 25 before the Senate Agriculture Committee. These are excerpts from prepared testimonies. Full prepared tatements to the committee are available at http://bit.ly/2uJl5WC.
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