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Farmers increase soil health practices: Poll

Iowa Farmer Today - March 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, an annual survey of Iowa farmers by partners with Iowa State University Extension prepared by J. Gordon Arbuc…
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U.S. ethanol exports rise 26 percent

Iowa Farmer Today - March 25, 2017 - 8:00am
The United States exported more than 1 billion gallons (68,000 barrels per day) of fuel ethanol in 2016, an increase of 26 percent from export levels in 2015. U.S. imports of ethanol decreased…
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Strengthen the farm safety net

Iowa Farmer Today - March 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Based on averages, one in 10 farmers is either highly or extremely highly leveraged. For most major commodities, the figures are significantly higher — 19 percent for cotton farmers, 24 percen…
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Ag to EPA: Farmers need chlorpyrifos

Iowa Farmer Today - March 25, 2017 - 8:00am
In comments provided to your predecessors at the EPA during multiple comment periods since 2011, organizations representing thousands of American farmers and users of chlorpyrifos have repeate…
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Ag teacher offers advice to lower risk

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Every step Krista Lottinville has taken in her career — her education, working in the crop insurance industry and for a seed company — has prepared her to eventually farm.
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Good pasture management considers trees to weeds

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
STOCKTON, Ill. — Although a big beautiful shade tree in a pasture may look nice, it often is not the best arrangement for grazing cattle.
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Wheat growers look for unity in addressing trade concerns

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Wheat growers have their share of challenges in 2017.
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Crop outlook shows potential for better returns

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist, for the Iowa Farm Outlook March 2017 newsletter.
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Co-op biodiesel demo aims to increase farmer use

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 11:00am
ANKENY, Iowa — A demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel.
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Tech, crop products vie for attention at Classic

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 10:41am
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — From high tech to low tech, new farm equipment, parts, products and services gleamed under the bright lights at the 2017 Commodity Classic. This year, smaller but precise …
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Grazing cover crops a winning proposition for producers

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 10:13am
BENTON, Ill. — For livestock producers, cover crops can serve double duty.
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Cattle building benefits factor into industry expansion

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 10:00am
More and more cattle feeders are looking at putting roofs over hooves and moving hides out of the elements.
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Poultry bans influence meat supply, prices

Iowa Farmer Today - March 24, 2017 - 9:00am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bans imposed by some countries on poultry products bear watching by all U.S. livestock producers, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor.
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Livestock facility financing should factor in market changes: Banker

Iowa Farmer Today - March 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
If you’re considering financing a new livestock building to add value on the farm, using a range of cost and revenue scenarios can help plan for market fluctuations.
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Farm leaders work toward next bill

Iowa Farmer Today - March 23, 2017 - 10:00am
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — If it feels like the U.S. Congress just passed a farm bill, that’s because it did.
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Economist optimistic amid policy changes

Iowa Farmer Today - March 23, 2017 - 8:32am
RIVERSIDE, Iowa — Iowa State Extension Economist Chad Hart sees a brighter picture for agriculture in 2017 thanks to growth in international demand.
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Big bean yields last year could mean big disease pressure

Iowa Farmer Today - March 23, 2017 - 8:20am
Farmers who grew an excellent crop of soybeans in 2016 should be aware of heightened disease pressure in 2017.
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Family owned sale barn sees changes through years

Iowa Farmer Today - March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
DUNLAP, Iowa — Jon Schaben grew up in his family’s livestock auction business, and he says while technology has altered the way the business operates, it is fundamentally unchanged.
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‘Bleeding’ stops in latest ag land survey

Iowa Farmer Today - March 22, 2017 - 4:07pm
AMES, Iowa — The three-year downward slide in Iowa farmland values appears to have stopped, at least temporarily, according to a survey released March 22 that showed a 0.9 percent increase in …
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