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Letter to the Editor: Imports hit beef prices; bring back COOL

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2016 - 8:00am
About those who espouse our beef exports: They have become experts in misdirection, smoke and mirrors and obfuscation. A 2 percent or 3 percent herd expansion causes a 50 percent or 70 percent…
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Vilsack to Dems: Improve rural message

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2016 - 8:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one listened to Tom Vilsack.
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Letter to the Editor: Iowa generates 35 percent of electricity using wind

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2016 - 8:00am
Iowa did generate over 35 percent of its electricity using wind power over the last year, despite the confusion in Jerry Crew’s Nov. 19 letter.
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Yield test results vary across Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
As Iowa’s average corn yields surged toward a record high in USDA’s estimates, seed performance tests showed yields both higher and lower than last year at sites across the state.
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Phosphorus part of water-quality puzzle

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 10:26am
The discussion of water quality in Iowa and many other Midwestern states has often centered on nitrates, but phosphorus can also be a concern as well.
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Water quality advocates say voluntary actions not working

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 10:22am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Water quality advocates who see little progress toward reducing nitrate and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River and Iowa waterways called for bolder action by state an…
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Specialists review 2016 yields, predictions

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 8:54am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Mark Licht, Iowa State Extension cropping systems specialist, and Sotirios Archontoulis, assistant professor of integrated cropping systems, for the…
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Understanding past key to ethanol’s future

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 8:46am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University ag economist, for the University of Illinois Farmdoc Daily website.
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Weak Index shows some livestock taking a hit

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 8:37am
OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading again below growth neutral for the 15th straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs …
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Soybean checkoff pioneer looks back

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The 25-year history of the national soybean checkoff has not been without a few hiccups. But one of the founders believes farmers are digesting it all very well today.
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Iowa officials ask Trump to scrap water rules

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 7:15am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Five of Iowa’s six members of Congress have written President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to scrap the controversial Waters of the United States rule when he takes office in January.
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Fundamental shifts change ag outlook

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 7:00am
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Four fundamental shifts are changing the outlook for agriculture and the world itself for the short and long term, Kurt Barth, grain marketing consultant and CFO with Brock…
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Farmer-veteran uses Air Force skills

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 5:50am
WILLIAMSON, Iowa — Perhaps the experience Bill Offenburger got during his time in the military was never on display more than when he tore down his tractor.
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Bags provide temporary grain storage solutions

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 5:40am
HEDRICK, Iowa — As producers look for a place to put extra bushels this fall, polyethylene grain bags, also called silage or silo bags, are a temporary option that may provide affordable stora…
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Dairy producers look to expand, modernize to meet challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2016 - 5:05am
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — On a November morning in eastern Missouri, while waiting for the milk truck to arrive, Perry County dairy producer Charlie Voelker reflects on his recent decision to construc…
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