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Variety of calf weaning options available

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Most calves are still weaned as autumn approaches, but several different strategies could work for many producers.
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Ag sector stress observed across regions

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 2:59pm
Editor’s note: The following was compiled by Keith Good, social media manager for the Farmdoc Project at the University of Illinois.
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Purging land could be profitable strategy

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
O’FALLON, Ill. — Farmers who put all their energies into marketing may be short-changing themselves.
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Farm economic outlook differs from 1980s

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
The current farm economic outlook presents challenges, but experts say there are key differences that will prevent it from being another situation like the 1980s farm crisis.
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Gear equipment purchases to your operation

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Buy local. Eat local. Know where your food comes from.
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Consumer study reminds farmers of need to communicate

Iowa Farmer Today - July 21, 2017 - 5:00am
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — “What do consumers want?” and “What do we do about it?” are two questions livestock producers frequently ask.
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Women in Agriculture conference highlights outlook, trade

Iowa Farmer Today - July 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
Iowa Women in Agriculture will presents its 11th annual conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny Aug. 1.
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Program aims to build database of financial stats for small farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - July 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
If you grow corn and soybeans in the Midwest, it is easy to find average cost-of-production numbers or break-even prices. Those numbers aren’t so easy to find if you grow fruits and vegetables.
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Coach offers life lessons to Angus youths

Iowa Farmer Today - July 20, 2017 - 11:30am
DES MOINES — Life’s lessons can be harsh, no matter what the venue, says Kevin Dresser. For him, they came on the wrestling mat during a career that took him from Humboldt High School to the new head coach at…
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Market forces push some farms to diversify crop offerings

Iowa Farmer Today - July 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
More often like a glacier than a tidal wave, the public’s food preferences are, nevertheless, always changing.
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Demand should hold steady after BSE discovery: Economist

Iowa Farmer Today - July 19, 2017 - 11:50am
A recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama is not expected to have a major impact on domestic or foreign beef demand.
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Feeder cattle market offers opportunity: Economist

Iowa Farmer Today - July 19, 2017 - 8:23am
Despite a recent dip in prices, feeder cattle prices should be coming into a period of seasonal strength.
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While weather moves futures, supplies weigh on basis

Iowa Farmer Today - July 19, 2017 - 8:18am
Corn and soybean futures dropped after the USDA issued its July supply-demand report and have bounced around on weather forecasts. Meanwhile, stored bushels have kept basis wider than normal.
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Farmers plant ‘weeds’ as part of monarch aid

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
EL PASO, Ill. — Rob Shaffer was surprised when one of his landlords asked him not to mow part of the ditch. The retired farmer was normally quite adamant about mowing everything, but wanted to save the milkweed.
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Ag industry looks for solutions to honeybee population losses

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
MILLSTADT, Ill. — At least one beekeeper believes the publicity about problems with honeybee populations is a good thing.
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Rides, rallies bring tractor fans together

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
DES MOINES — Like old barns, tractors always seem to attract farmers and former farm kids. Perhaps they remind people of their youths. Perhaps those are the two things people picture when they think about the farm.
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Lenders urge continued federal funding for FSA loans

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2017 - 8:00am
We thank you for your continued commitment to American agriculture. Your support through the appropriations process has helped our members continue to feed, fuel and clothe our great nation.
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Senators to USTR: Be careful with NAFTA reform

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2017 - 8:00am
As you prepare to begin negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, we write to emphasize the economic significance of agricultural trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico and the critical role that NAFTA plays in the…
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