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Cry from the Doomsday Vault: Step up efforts to secure our food

Iowa Farmer Today - March 9, 2018 - 6:58am
On this winter day, the world was upside down: it was raining in the Arctic Circle and snowing in Rome.
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The tale of Trump's tariffs: Snap move sets off week of disarray

Iowa Farmer Today - March 8, 2018 - 3:43pm
President Donald Trump’s move to slap steep tariffs on steel and aluminum has been defined by a level of disorder and dysfunction remarkable even in an administration accustomed to daily chaos.
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Trump says U.S. will be `very flexible' on who faces tariffs

Iowa Farmer Today - March 8, 2018 - 11:51am
President Donald Trump said Thursday that certain countries could be spared from his planned tariffs on steel and aluminum if they have strong trading and military ties with the U.S.
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Flying cows, floating cows. Qatar busts a boycott to get milk

Iowa Farmer Today - March 8, 2018 - 10:32am
The nine-month Saudi-led embargo of Qatar has an undisputed mascot for Doha’s defiance: the cud-chewing American cow.
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Annual bull sale at Illinois Beef Expo draws thousands

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 4:11pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beef producers attending the Illinois Beef Expo, Feb. 21-25, examined new products, sought information and made competitive bids at sales.
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Refinery workers press lawmakers to ease biofuel quota costs

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 4:11pm
White House talks about overhauling the U.S. biofuel mandate are buoying the hopes of refinery workers who fanned out across Capitol Hill on Wednesday to press for changes.
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It’s March: Is the farm rent overdue?

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 3:45pm
It’s March, which means the first rent check should have already arrived in the mail if you are a farmland owner who works with a renter.
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Trump's tariffs seen favoring Rust Belt over farm communities

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 3:36pm
President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and threats to withdraw from the NAFTA trade agreement show a preference for the Rust Belt over the Farm Belt, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said.
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MU guide helps farmers find workers

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 3:29pm
Last November, University of Missouri Extension released its 2017 Farm Labor Guide, part of its ongoing efforts to help farmers find the right employees for their operations.
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Bayer talking with BASF on veg seeds business

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 7:38am
Leverkusen, Germany — Bayer said it is in exclusive talks with BASF on the sale of its entire vegetable seeds business.
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Russia gets another market for its wheat after deal with Iran

Iowa Farmer Today - March 7, 2018 - 6:58am
Iran is giving Russia another market to offload its massive wheat harvest.
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Drop in land and input costs expected this year

Iowa Farmer Today - March 6, 2018 - 2:22pm
AMES, Iowa — Land and input costs for corn and soybean production are expected to decline in 2018, according to research conducted by Iowa State University Extension.
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McDonald's expands fresh beef push as burger chains seek edge

Iowa Farmer Today - March 6, 2018 - 12:33pm
McDonald’s Corp. will start using fresh beef for its quarter-pound hamburgers across the U.S., moving away from frozen patties in one of its biggest operational shake-ups in years.
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U.S. offers Canada-Mexico tariff waiver to ease NAFTA path

Iowa Farmer Today - March 5, 2018 - 8:53pm
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the Trump administration has offered to exclude Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum as an incentive to reach a deal on a new NAFTA before a string of elections makes it…
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U.S. says window closing for NAFTA deal as partners slam tariffs

Iowa Farmer Today - March 5, 2018 - 4:06pm
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said time is running out to redo NAFTA as Canada and Mexico pushed back against the threat of steel tariffs that have overshadowed talks.
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Northey steps down in Iowa, heading to Washington

Iowa Farmer Today - March 5, 2018 - 11:58am
DES MOINES – Bill Northey officially stepped down Monday from “a job I’ve loved every day” as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture as he prepared to be sworn in Tuesday night to his new job as an under secretary at USDA.
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Brazil tainted-meat probe revival intensifies crisis at BRF

Iowa Farmer Today - March 5, 2018 - 8:58am
The turmoil at Brazilian poultry giant BRF SA intensified after it became the target of a new phase of the food-safety probe that threw the country’s meat industry into disarray last year.
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Trump says no steel break for Mexico, Canada without fair NAFTA

Iowa Farmer Today - March 5, 2018 - 7:48am
President Donald Trump said the U.S. won’t lower tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada unless the two countries agree to a revamped NAFTA that’s fair to the U.S.
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Farmers weigh ideas for 2018 planting

Iowa Farmer Today - March 4, 2018 - 9:00am
MORTON, Ill. — As early as Feb. 20, 20 percent of farmers in an informal survey said they were ready to plant corn and could start that day — if weather allowed it.
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Holding back cows could help stressed pastures

Iowa Farmer Today - March 3, 2018 - 1:15pm
Bitterly cold temperatures on top of stressed-out root systems could result in some thin pasture stands this spring.
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