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Letter to the Editor: Clean Water Rule is good for Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - July 8, 2017 - 8:00am
Here in Iowa, summertime always reminds us why we care about clean water. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, many of the places we go swimming, fishing or boating — like the Mississippi River — are now cleaner.
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Strong NAFTA trade is good for ag: USGC

Iowa Farmer Today - July 8, 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 — Canada, Mexico…
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Ag groups testify on NAFTA modernization efforts

Iowa Farmer Today - July 7, 2017 - 9:45am
Concerns about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement have disrupted relationships with longstanding customers of U.S. grains and caused significant concern in farm country, according to testimony offered by U.S. Grains Council Chairman Chip Councell June 27…
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Cover crops gain acceptance, accessibility

Iowa Farmer Today - July 7, 2017 - 8:15am
What do oats, annual ryegrass, sorghum, sudan grass, cereal rye, triticale, wheat, spelt, barley, cowpea, winter pea, red clover, sweet clover, hairy vetch, alfalfa, mung beans, radishes and turnips all have in common?
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Japanese beetles and aphids get early start in Iowa fields

Iowa Farmer Today - July 7, 2017 - 5:00am
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — After a mild winter and warm start to summer, insects of all kinds seem to be doing well this year.
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Cover crop research aims to expand the season

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
In recent cover crop research projects across Iowa, farmers have been focused on increasing the growing season for cover crops with earlier seeding and later termination.
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Iowa State engineering students explore solar-powered travel

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
DES MOINES — While farmers are installing solar panels on their land to power livestock buildings, students at Iowa State University are continuing their quest to use the sun to power a car.
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EPA moves to rescind 2015 water rule

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2017 - 9:15am
The EPA announced June 27 a proposal to withdraw the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
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Producer makes conservation, education his top priorities

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2017 - 5:00am
NEW MARKET, Iowa — Seth Watkins and his four-wheeler bounce across one of his Taylor County pastures. It’s a cloudy day in southwest Iowa, but the fields are bright green and lush after some much-needed rain.
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USDA confirms record U.S. soybean plantings

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2017 - 9:44am
This spring, U.S. farmers planted a record high 89.5 million acres of soybeans while reducing corn acres by 3 percent compared to last year to 90.9 million, according to the latest USDA Acreage Report.
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Hog and Pigs numbers come in higher than estimates

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2017 - 9:30am
It will be many months before U.S. hog numbers start to decrease.
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Sheep industry sees expansion, demand

Iowa Farmer Today - July 3, 2017 - 5:00am
Randall Vos says optimism is high in Iowa’s sheep industry.
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Museum’s tractor heritage draws visitors

Iowa Farmer Today - July 2, 2017 - 11:00am
CHARLES CITY, Iowa — Museums dot many rural counties in America, but few can claim the connection to agriculture that this one does in Floyd County.
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Time and price goals factor into marketing plan

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2017 - 3:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Steven Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm and ag business management field specialist, for the June 2017 Ag Decision Maker newsletter.
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From the farm to the factory to the jungle and back again

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2017 - 9:00am
WAVERLY, Iowa — From the farms and factories of eastern Iowa to the jungle of the Philippines during the second World War, Archie Barkhoff, 98, has lived a life full of adventure.
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Establish pilot program for large trucks: Ag groups

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2017 - 8:00am
The current gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit for federal interstate highways of 80,000 pounds on five axles was established in 1982, prior to the standardization of anti-lock brakes on Class-8 tractors. While significant progress has been made in vehicle safety…
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Farm groups urge change to proposed biotech rules

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2017 - 8:00am
The proposed revisions to USDA biotechnology regulations, published at the end of the previous administration, … send clear, positive signals about the need to foster innovation by ensuring such regulatory oversight is proportional to actual risk — a message we…
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Hail damage may not spell doom for yields

Iowa Farmer Today - June 30, 2017 - 6:30am
ALBURNETT, Iowa — Farmers, agronomists, financial agents and insurance adjusters met in a field north of Cedar Rapids June 20 to discuss the status of corn and beans after a series of severe storms crossed the area.
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