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Predatory vultures attack calves in southern Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 2:45pm
Cattle producers in southern Illinois are facing a threat from the skies. Vultures that swoop down and prey on young calves are raiding a growing number of farms.
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Higher-profit farms control costs when margins tighten

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 10:10am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Robert Tigner, University of Nebraska agricultural systems economist educator, for the university’s CropWatch website.
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Ending NAFTA could cause rural `depression,' Grassley says

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 10:09am
President Donald Trump risks triggering a “depression” in the nation’s rural areas if he withdraws from NAFTA, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said. He also urged Trump to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to counter China.
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Study shows cover crops may increase yields over time

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 8:00am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Farmers need more research showing cover crops increase yields, reduce erosion and add nutrients back to the soil in corn-soybean rotation before they adopt the practice, says University of Missouri researcher Ranjith Udawatta.
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Crop insurance premiums likely lower in 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 7:40am
When Steve Johnson looks ahead at the decisions farmers may face regarding crop insurance in 2018, he can’t help but compare it to the excitement college basketball fans often have as the NCAA tournament nears.
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Russia is exporting more wheat than any country in 25 years

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 7:18am
It’s been a long time since any country shipped out as much wheat as Russia.
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Farm show offers products, skills to get more out of acres

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 7:00am
The Western Farm Show returns to the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., for its 57th year, Feb. 23-25.
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Deere raises sales forecast amid signs of farm recovery

Iowa Farmer Today - February 16, 2018 - 6:59am
Deere & Co., the world’s largest farm machine maker, raised its full-year sales forecast, and there’s reason to believe that good news will keep coming.
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Rail crunch leaves oil, wheat stranded out on Canada's prairies

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 10:50am
A shortage of rail cars in Canada is leaving grain and oil shipments stranded on the Prairies, sending crude prices plummeting and leaving farmers in a cash crunch.
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Big farms still buying pricey Deere tractors despite crop slump

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 9:09am
U.S. farmers’ incomes are set to plunge to a 12-year low, but that’s not enough to stop them from splurging on new tractors and combines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Dairies assess feed during price downturn

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 9:00am
With low milk prices continuing a long run, dairy producers are doing what they can to weather the storm. That means striving to achieve more efficiency, and holding off on big purchases.
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Next round of NAFTA talks said to move up a day to start Feb. 25

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 8:53am
The upcoming round of talks to renegotiate NAFTA will start one day earlier than previously announced in order to accommodate ministers’ schedules, according to two people familiar with the plans.
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Pork operation grows with Illinois family

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 7:45am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Aptly, in a year when trade dominated the topics at the Illinois Pork Expo in Springfield, the patriarch of the 2018 Illinois Pork Producer Family of the Year has long been a leader in promoting international exports.
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Continued drought complicates farm operations

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 7:38am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Most of Missouri remains in a drought, according to a map released Feb. 8 by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
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Producers losing cattle margin due to high hay price

Iowa Farmer Today - February 15, 2018 - 3:15am
ATLANTIC, Iowa — Fresh snow covered the ground as Zak Kennedy walked through biting February wind to check on cattle.
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Pea boom goes bust as Canada farmers ditch pulses for canola

Iowa Farmer Today - February 14, 2018 - 7:13am
Just a few years ago it seemed like Canada’s farmers couldn’t get peas into the ground fast enough, but they’re now falling out of favor.
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U.S. touts NAFTA progress with Mexico as Trump criticizes Canada

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 1:56pm
The Trump administration is once again signaling trade talks are going better with Mexico than Canada.
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McDonald’s sets out to become a ‘credible chicken player’

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 12:39pm
Forget those old chicken patties. McDonald’s Corp. has a master plan to become the new Chicken King.
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China's strongest weapon in a trade war with Trump may backfire

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 12:20pm
As tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, one crop is emerging as the most powerful weapon in a potential trade war: the soybean.
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ISU economists outline benefits of reducing nitrates

Iowa Farmer Today - February 13, 2018 - 11:52am
AMES, Iowa — A study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University explores the potential economic benefits to drinking water, recreation and health through meeting the targets of Iowa's statewide strategy for reducing nutrients.
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