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New generation finds diverse careers in the ag industry

Iowa Farmer Today - April 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
DES MOINES — Claire Masker knew she wanted a career in agriculture when she left home for Iowa State University in 2001.
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Congress: Keep conservation funding

Iowa Farmer Today - April 22, 2017 - 8:00am
The undersigned organizations oppose re-opening the farm bill and thus urge you to protect farm bill conservation program mandatory funding as you consider agriculture appropriations legislati…
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Help urban-rural mental health balance

Iowa Farmer Today - April 22, 2017 - 8:00am
Rural areas comprise one-quarter of America’s population but represent one-third of the nation’s poor. As a result, rural areas consistently poll as having poorer mental health compared to urb…
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Solar interest shines on Illinois farmland

Iowa Farmer Today - April 22, 2017 - 5:00am
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — It’s almost as if someone shouted “free beer,” and solar companies came running to see if it’s true, said Dale Aupperle, president of Heartland Ag Group.
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Farm groups share spring cover crop management tips

Iowa Farmer Today - April 21, 2017 - 2:56pm
DES MOINES — As the number of Iowa farmers using cover crops continues to grow, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey shared a number of spring management tips for farmers new to growing …
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USDA issues report on ‘Big Six’

Iowa Farmer Today - April 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by James M. MacDonald, a branch chief at the USDA Economic Research Service, for the ERS Amber Waves magazine.
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Battery-powered outdoor tools compete with gas-power

Iowa Farmer Today - April 21, 2017 - 9:45am
Take a step into my machine shed. You’re sure to stumble across a variety of 2-cycle, gas-powered outdoor power tools including a leaf blower, a couple of chain saws, a garden tiller, a walk-b…
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NASS leader urges farmer participation

Iowa Farmer Today - April 21, 2017 - 7:00am
ST. LOUIS — Joe Prusacki has a message for farmers who don’t like the federal government asking about their business: We’re all in this together.
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Older farmers continue work as part of transition

Iowa Farmer Today - April 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
PAXTON, Ill. — At age 80, Melvin Coulter is an active part of the family farm near Paxton. He doesn’t worry too much about the future of his farm because the next generation is on the rise.
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Ernst discusses trade issues during Iowa feedlot tour

Iowa Farmer Today - April 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
MALVERN, Iowa — Price discovery, trade and flooding were among a handful of topics discussed at a meeting between Sen. Joni Ernst and a small group of farmers and other area residents here April 19.
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USDA again delays controversial fair practices rule

Iowa Farmer Today - April 20, 2017 - 7:00am
The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced April 11 it is delaying the effective date of the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule an additional 180 …
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Distillery finds another use for Iowa corn

Iowa Farmer Today - April 20, 2017 - 6:00am
What’s another way to add value and create jobs with surplus Iowa corn? Make bourbon whiskey, according to Jeff Quint, of Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Johnson County.
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Online tool assists specialty crop growers, applicators

Iowa Farmer Today - April 20, 2017 - 6:00am
SWISHER, Iowa — DriftWatch, a new online mapping tool for sensitive crops, allows herbicide or insecticide applicators to see where bees and specialty crops are being raised in their neighborhood.
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Illinois Planting progress still slow despite warmup

Iowa Farmer Today - April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Crop Watch IL
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Warm week pushes corn planting in Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Crop watch MO
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Solar provides another option for farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
WASHINGTON, Iowa — Even with a roof over their heads, some of Kurt Hora’s pigs are still finding a way to soak up some sunshine.
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First-quarter change in pork exports supports prices

Iowa Farmer Today - April 19, 2017 - 8:35am
Hog prices were up over the first quarter of 2017 compared to a year ago, although prices have trickled lower over the past few weeks due to larger supplies.
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Markets watch for persistent weather in Corn Belt

Iowa Farmer Today - April 19, 2017 - 8:23am
After a muted market reaction last week from USDA’s estimates for greater South American corn and soybean production, forecasts for continued wet weather in the U.S. Midwest and mid-South are …
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Mud, wet days can cause livestock stress

Iowa Farmer Today - April 17, 2017 - 8:00am
Almost as surely as the sun rising in the East, farmers across the Midwest will have to deal with mud in the spring.
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