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Near-normal spring wheat likely in western Corn Belt

Iowa Farmer Today - March 17, 2018 - 9:54am
April-June temperatures in the western Corn Belt likely will run near normal to favoring a bit warmer, with precipitation near normal to possibly wetter than normal.
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Wet February a 'drought buster' for parts of Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - March 17, 2018 - 8:52am
"The unprecedented February wetness flipped winter precipitation departures from negative to positive," Missouri State Climatologist Pat Guinan said in a February weather review.
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Expect cold, wet late March, then wet: Illinois climatologist

Iowa Farmer Today - March 17, 2018 - 8:36am
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center sees an increased chance that the rest of March will be both colder and wetter than normal, the Illinois State Climatologist reported.
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Russia wheat stocks to rise to record in blow to European rivals

Iowa Farmer Today - March 16, 2018 - 2:29pm
Russia’s wheat stockpiles are set to swell to the highest levels since at least Soviet times, keeping its prices low in a blow to European Union rivals hoping their exports will be able to compete against Black Sea grain in…
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Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about supply shocks

Iowa Farmer Today - March 16, 2018 - 7:01am
The news, when it came late Friday night from a government ministry in Minsk, was grim: The ceiling of a potash mine in Belarus had collapsed more than half a kilometer underground, trapping two workers.
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Away from spotlight, Sonny Perdue remakes USDA in Trump’s image

Iowa Farmer Today - March 16, 2018 - 6:44am
In a town where deregulation is king, Sonny Perdue rules. Rather quietly.
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Bayer is said to face U.S. antitrust hurdles over Monsanto

Iowa Farmer Today - March 15, 2018 - 2:25pm
Bayer AG’s plan to win antitrust approval for its takeover of Monsanto Co. hasn’t satisfied U.S. officials who are worried the merger could hurt competition, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Monsanto judge calls experts shaky, imperiling Roundup trial

Iowa Farmer Today - March 15, 2018 - 7:00am
A lawsuit claiming Monsanto Co.’s popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer was dealt a blow by a judge’s conclusions that the opinions of the experts testifying against it are "shaky," a potentially devastating development for the case getting to trial.
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Judge gets impression Iowans 'shower in glyphosate'

Iowa Farmer Today - March 14, 2018 - 11:41am
Iowa farmers are awash in Roundup weed killer.
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Add cow manure to your list of renewable energy sources

Iowa Farmer Today - March 14, 2018 - 6:00am
The average Holstein cow produces over 100 pounds of manure a day. It’s a lot of poop. It’s also a lot of potential power.
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U.S. cranberry industry is early casualty of incipient trade war

Iowa Farmer Today - March 14, 2018 - 5:15am
The American cranberry industry is one of the biggest losers so far in the escalating trade dispute between the European Union and the U.S.
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Farm bill put in jeopardy over food stamp work requirements

Iowa Farmer Today - March 13, 2018 - 8:15pm
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said he’s delaying the release of a draft law renewing farm and nutrition programs to try and produce a bill with bipartisan support after intense Democratic opposition over cuts to the food-stamp program raised…
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Biofuels industry worries about impact of refinery deal with EPA

Iowa Farmer Today - March 13, 2018 - 4:09pm
The biofuels industry was dismayed Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency's apparent reprieve to a Pennsylvania refinery over its obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Trump tariffs not such a big deal for U.S. growth, poll shows

Iowa Farmer Today - March 13, 2018 - 9:18am
Trade wars are bad but President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs won’t have much direct impact on the U.S. economy unless the situation escalates, according to a new survey conducted by Bloomberg News.
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China food giant says trade war with U.S. not good for world

Iowa Farmer Today - March 13, 2018 - 7:02am
China’s biggest food company is sounding the alarm bells over escalating trade tensions with the U.S., pointing to potential suffering for the global economy and blow back for both countries if agricultural goods are used as bargaining chips in the…
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Online butchers cater to meat lovers in the age of Amazon

Iowa Farmer Today - March 12, 2018 - 4:56pm
For the last seven years Porter Road has carved out a profitable niche selling small-batch meat to discerning shoppers in Nashville, Tennessee. Keen to start peddling its prime cuts of beef, pork and lamb to the rest of the country,…
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Rail shortages are knocking Ukraine's grain expansion off track

Iowa Farmer Today - March 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Ukraine’s grain industry is thriving, but its expansion is being hobbled by an aging railway.
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AEM reports tractor, sales up; cites tariff concern

Iowa Farmer Today - March 12, 2018 - 3:13pm
AEM Releases Latest U.S. Ag Tractor and Combine Sales Report
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USDA launches web resources for opioid crisis

Iowa Farmer Today - March 9, 2018 - 4:44pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new USDA webpage featuring resources will help rural communities respond to the opioid crisis.
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Farm Bureau and Wellmark propose partnership

Iowa Farmer Today - March 9, 2018 - 11:15am
DES MOINES — Iowa’s statewide farm organization thinks it has a plan to help farmers who are struggling to find affordable health insurance.
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