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Farm bioreactor filters nitrates, ‘builds legacy’

Iowa Farmer Today - August 21, 2017 - 6:00am
A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Des Moines Water Works against three drainage districts in northwest Iowa drew a lot of attention to agriculture-generated nutrients in Iowa’s streams and rivers.
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Restoration hobby takes hours of care

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — Eric Shuster’s view of a tractor is usually either tearing one apart, sandblasting it, painting it or putting it together again.
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Young farmers describe paths to success

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
NORMAL, Ill. — As long as there have been young people wanting to work the land and raise animals, there have been creative ways to start a farming business.
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Results confirm strong first half for U.S. red meat exports

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a strong first half of the year.
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Pork study analyzes product quality, consistency

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 11:41am
URBANA, Ill. — What happens when meat scientists get their hands on nearly 8,000 commercially raised pigs? They spend a year running dozens of tests and crunching numbers to arrive at research-backed management recommendations for pork producers.
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Futures, ‘little things’ can help producers with cattle marketing

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Marketing livestock is never easy. Producers gamble against weather and fluctuating prices every day.
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ASA seeks answers on herbicide damage

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
The issues surrounding dicamba-related damage to crops are serious ones, and as the representative organization for the nation’s soybean farmers, ASA (American Soybean Association) is invested in bringing all parties together to find answers and solutions.
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NAFTA helps U.S. fill grain export demand: USGC

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
NAFTA has had a profound effect on many aspects of North American agriculture. With a few exceptions, intraregional agricultural trade is now completely free of tariff and quota restrictions, and the agricultural sectors of NAFTA’s member countries … have become…
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NAFTA a big plus for complex beef trade: NCBA

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) strongly supports the North American Free Trade Agreement because the terms of NAFTA have made it possible for the U.S. beef and cattle industry to develop two very important export markets in Canada and Mexico…
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Leopold Center considers future after losing funds

Iowa Farmer Today - August 18, 2017 - 2:31pm
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University is shutting down this summer as the organization’s future is uncertain following the Legislature’s decision to cut the center’s state funding.
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Producers expand family operation

Iowa Farmer Today - August 18, 2017 - 6:00am
LaPORTE CITY, Iowa — Joe Thoma was not absolutely positive he wanted a career in pork production when he was growing up on the family farm.
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With the futures prices higher, pork producers manage risk

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 4:15pm
Large numbers of pigs are expected to fill the nation’s packing plants this fall, but added capacity and strong demand could help ease market price concerns.
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Drying strategy can reduce harvest costs

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Eastern Iowa farmer Dave Guthrie is prepared for the possibility of a delayed harvest this fall and stays flexible to manage drying costs while keeping harvest loss low.
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Temperatures, rain amounts drop across Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Below average temperatures were experienced statewide the past week, according to the Aug. 14 USDA Crop Progress report.
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Scattered showers, cool temps prevail in Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Dry, cool weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the Aug. 14 USDA Crop Progress report.
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USDA projections jolt crop size ideas

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Near-trend U.S. corn yields and above-trend U.S. soybean yields defied expectations for the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand report issued Aug. 10.
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Crop report could slow declines in cattle futures

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Sharp declines in live cattle futures last week took feeder cattle prices along with it, but there could be some market upside on the horizon.
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Troubled locks and dams on display during corn group tour

Iowa Farmer Today - August 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Call it mighty or muddy, the Mississippi River looms large for many Iowa, Illinois and Missouri residents.
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Strengthening price expectations send farmer outlook higher

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2017 - 9:00am
The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation.
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Ag groups defend Renewable Fuel Standard

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Editor’s note: The EPA conducted a public hearing Aug. 1 as part of its process of gathering comments on its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal. These are excerpts from hearing statements, with links to more information. Comments filed in the rulemaking…
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