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Scholarships offered

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 11:31am
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, is now accepting applications for its high-school-senior scholarship program. A total of 105 scholarships, worth $1,500 each, will be awarded. Applications must be received by March…
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Scholarship available

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 11:22am
College students who are sophomores and juniors pursuing four-year degrees in any field – and who are involved in or have been involved in 4-H, FFA or the registered Holstein industry – are eligible to apply for the John and…
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Fight over ethanol law escalates as bankruptcy refuels debate

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 8:43am
The battle between U.S. farm interests and oil-refining advocates such as Carl Icahn is heating up again as the two sides fight over whether the ethanol mandate is to blame for the bankruptcy of the U.S. East Coast’s largest refinery.
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‘Crush-margin’ applications developed

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 1:00am
Livestock producers who purchase feeder cattle or weaned pigs, plus feed, and then sell finished animals at a specific point in time, take on significant input and output price risk. Feeder-cattle, weaned-pig and feed prices account for a significant share…
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Farmers aim to preserve Tainter Creek Watershed

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 1:00am
VIROQUA, Wis. – The Tainter Creek Watershed is a bit of a misnomer. With a name like “Tainter,” one might conclude that its waters are tainted. Instead, the watershed is considered to have good water quality and good trout-fishing conditions.
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Trump budget swaps food stamps for packages of cereals, milk

Iowa Farmer Today - February 12, 2018 - 2:18pm
In what would be one of the biggest shakeups of the U.S. food-stamp program in its five-decade history, President Donald Trump is proposing to slash cash payments and substitute them with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.
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Large cattle supply, strong demand seen

Iowa Farmer Today - February 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
CattleFax recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and shared the beef outlook at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show in Phoenix. Highlighted was that the industry’s profitability looks to continue into 2018.
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NAFTA's red tape fight hits snag as business group sounds alarm

Iowa Farmer Today - February 12, 2018 - 11:59am
The U.S., Canada and Mexico are at odds over a proposal to beef up NAFTA’s powers to cut red tape, as one major business group warns efforts to simplify regulations could end up taking a step backward.
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Software drives grain-cart tractor

Iowa Farmer Today - February 12, 2018 - 1:00am
AMES, Iowa – Harvest time is labor-intensive. But Smart Ag aims to help farmers save labor using software that fully automates a grain-cart tractor regardless of make and model.
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Cabin builder enhances woodlands

Iowa Farmer Today - February 11, 2018 - 1:00am
CONOVER, Wis. — At their log home in the woods, Joe Hovel helps his wife, Mary Hovel, wash vegetables picked from their land.
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Sulfur importance increases

Iowa Farmer Today - February 10, 2018 - 1:00am
Sulfur is becoming increasingly important to crop production in the Upper Midwest. Soil organic matter is a large storehouse for sulfur, but there are still situations where crops need sulfur fertilizer to maintain high yields.
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Top Japanese Wagyu exporter sees sales surging 16% to record

Iowa Farmer Today - February 9, 2018 - 8:06am
Itoham Foods Inc., the biggest exporter of Japan’s premium Wagyu beef, expects shipments to climb to a record as demand from Taiwan is set to triple and exports to Brazil may begin.
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Biofuel producers, nuclear power get boost in U.S. budget deal

Iowa Farmer Today - February 8, 2018 - 3:07pm
Tax credits that would benefit biofuel producers and a nuclear reactor project being constructed by Southern Co. are among the energy incentives in a budget deal that Congress must pass by midnight to keep the government open.
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Meat industry must grow sustainably, Tyson executive says: Q&A

Iowa Farmer Today - February 8, 2018 - 2:56pm
Protein consumption is set to expand as millions of people across the world emerge from poverty, so food companies face a challenge around growing while reducing their impact on the environment, according to Justin Whitmore, chief sustainability officer at Tyson…
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Hot 2017 part of long-term trend

Iowa Farmer Today - February 8, 2018 - 1:00am
It was a hot year … 2017 was among the three warmest years on record.
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Grassley predicts NAFTA at a cliff before compromise

Iowa Farmer Today - February 7, 2018 - 11:02am
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, predicted NAFTA negotiations would “come to the cliff” before reaching a compromise, but he expressed optimism that agricultural voices are being heard.
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China is said to study restrictions on U.S. soybean imports

Iowa Farmer Today - February 7, 2018 - 10:30am
China is studying the potential impact of trade measures imposed on soybeans imported from the U.S., valued last year at $13.9 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Russia's blizzard of the century is a blessing for wheat fields

Iowa Farmer Today - February 7, 2018 - 7:16am
A record-breaking snow storm will benefit wheat crops across central Russia, reinforcing the outlook for another big harvest.
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Can Americans eat more chicken? Industry bets windfall on growth

Iowa Farmer Today - February 7, 2018 - 7:10am
As if Americans didn’t have enough chicken on the menu already, production of the nation’s most-popular meat is headed for the biggest growth spurt in more than a decade.
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