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Feeder business adds generations

Iowa Farmer Today - January 12, 2017 - 5:50am
MACEDONIA, Iowa — Bruce Bentley’s grandfather owned a meat market in Oakland, Iowa, near the turn of the 20th century, and in order to keep it stocked with beef, he started feeding cattle.
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Iowa State soybean trials confirm SCN resistance problems

Iowa Farmer Today - January 12, 2017 - 5:40am
Beneath the soil in soybean fields across the Midwest, researchers are monitoring a microscopic yield-robbing pest that is slowly but surely becoming resistant to the most common form of defen…
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As wind projects expand, farmers see benefits and challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - January 12, 2017 - 5:30am
LAUREL, Iowa — Iowa farms with wind turbines benefit from a new reliable source of income, with easement payments supporting landowners and property taxes helping rural counties. But the trade…
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Pork producer from Chicago advocates for agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - January 12, 2017 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON, Iowa — Erin Brenneman doesn’t necessarily think of herself as a leader. She’s more of a communicator.
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Late livestock rally boosts optimism for 2017

Iowa Farmer Today - January 11, 2017 - 8:31am
The year did not exactly end with a bang, but fed cattle prices were up slightly as the calendar turned to 2017.
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Markets offer prospects for a spring rally

Iowa Farmer Today - January 11, 2017 - 8:26am
Corn and soybean markets could be heading for a spring rally again this year that offers an old-crop pricing opportunity for farmers.
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Budget cuts, water quality stand out in Branstad speech

Iowa Farmer Today - January 10, 2017 - 3:50pm
DES MOINES — In what could be his final Condition of the State speech Jan. 10, Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposed budget included over $100 million in cuts for the present fiscal year and a 3 perc…
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Rising interest rates put pressure on farmland

Iowa Farmer Today - January 8, 2017 - 4:23pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois ag economist, for the university’s Farmdoc Daily website.
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Army veteran used skills learned on farm during time in Korea

Iowa Farmer Today - January 8, 2017 - 1:36pm
EXIRA, Iowa — It was fitting that Lawrence Clausen was in charge of building the barbed wire fence.
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Research aims to make ethanol production more efficient

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2017 - 10:00am
URBANA, Ill. — New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could change ethanol production by lowering operati…
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Align crop insurance with conservation

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2017 - 8:00am
Every farmer with crop insurance knows they need to comply with the USDA Good Farming Practices (GFP) standard in order to maintain their coverage. Under guidelines established by the USDA’s R…
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Nominate an ag commodity rep to CFTC

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2017 - 8:00am
Given the vacancies that have existed at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since 2014-15, there is the opportunity for President-elect Trump to quickly nominate individuals to th…
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Economic nationalism could hurt Iowa: Economists

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2017 - 5:00am
JOHNSTON, Iowa — President-elect Donald Trump’s “America first” economic nationalism scored well with voters, but may not play well with international trading partners, to the detriment of Iow…
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