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2020 an eventful year for Missouri agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2020 - 6:15am
It was an eventful and unusual year for farmers and rural communities in Missouri, with the coronavirus pandemic altering several aspects of daily life, a variety of weather conditions, a fall surge in crop prices and a busy November election.
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Farmers turn page on year defined by pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - December 25, 2020 - 6:45am
Please, let it be over. That describes the attitude most of the world has about the 2020. But it didn’t start out that way.
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Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference postponed to 2021

Iowa Farmer Today - December 24, 2020 - 3:30pm
Though the annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference scheduled for Nov. 9-10, was postponed due to COVID-19 based restrictions and health risks, next year’s conference has already been set for Nov. 8-10, 2021, at the Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott.
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Seedstock producer settles in Illinois with winning business

Iowa Farmer Today - December 24, 2020 - 7:00am
Scott Anderson’s livestock journey has taken a circuitous path through several states. But he has found unqualified success in Illinois.
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Finding local opportunities for cattle producers

Iowa Farmer Today - December 24, 2020 - 6:15am
With food shortages in the days of COVID-19, both seedstock and commercial producers are looking for local opportunities for their steers/culled cows.
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Reindeer herd grows with help of ‘elves’

Iowa Farmer Today - December 23, 2020 - 7:00am
GARDEN GROVE, Iowa — Christmas has many meanings for people, but for children, it’s all about magic.
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Hermann finds new ways to celebrate during pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - December 23, 2020 - 6:30am
HERMANN, Mo.— This holiday season, many rural communities have had to find ways to continue beloved holiday traditions while still protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Holiday greenery raises money for tractor repairs

Iowa Farmer Today - December 23, 2020 - 6:15am
NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State University Horticulture Center staff and students got creative with Christmas bobbles and greenery to raise the green to pay for tractor repairs.
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Speed, volatility create the biggest market changes

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2020 - 10:04am
Advances in technology have changed the way humans communicate. Thirty years ago, it might have seemed crazy to carry around a computer in your pocket every day or to video chat with family at the click of a button.
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Changes in U.S. food systems may extend beyond pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2020 - 7:00am
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way food products are grown, processed and delivered. And some changes will likely continue into the future.
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Farm payment program likely to shift in 2021

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2020 - 7:00am
It wasn’t long ago that discussion about government spending on agriculture was all about crop insurance and the ARC and PLC programs. That wasn’t the case in 2020.
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Early interseeding tackles fall-establishment issues

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2020 - 1:00am
Summer interseeding may be a good cover-crop strategy for shorter growing seasons. That’s the finding from a soil-health demonstration project in northern Iowa. Interseeding enables cover crops to grow and take root prior to corn canopy. After canopy the cover…
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‘Mini boom’ not game changer for grain prices

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2020 - 2:15pm
This year has frequently been described as a roller coaster ride. It seems to be ending with high corn and soybean prices.
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NCBA leader sees processing capacity lessons after COVID

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2020 - 8:42am
Marty Smith is a rancher and an attorney from Wacahoota, Florida, and currently serves as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He operates Smith Brothers-Wacahoota, LLC, a cow-calf operation that has been in continuous operation since 1852. It retains…
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2020 accelerated consumer dairy trends that were already underway

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2020 - 6:00am
It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since a new sickness was discovered.
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Herd Data: Records reveal success from cows on cull list

Iowa Farmer Today - December 19, 2020 - 7:00am
A pilot program aimed to improve whole-herd record keeping demonstrates how collecting information can help producers make good decisions, organizers say.
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Industry consolidation offers pluses and minuses

Iowa Farmer Today - December 19, 2020 - 6:30am
This is not your grandfather’s ag retail world. It’s a new age, with large companies getting larger through mergers, acquisitions and consolidations.
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Turkey producers reflect on virus that hit 5 years ago

Iowa Farmer Today - December 18, 2020 - 9:00am
NEWELL, Iowa — Five years ago, a deadly virus devastated Dale Christiansen’s turkey farm in rural Buena Vista County.
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Neighbors dust off old equipment, shell corn for farmer in need

Iowa Farmer Today - December 18, 2020 - 7:00am
Jim Redder had a soft spot for tradition. The Flandreau-area farmer championed agricultural history, hosting the South Dakota State Hand Corn picking contest for several years and hoping to one day see his farm selected for the national competition.
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Iowa FFA thrives on creativity despite pandemic, fall in farm numbers

Iowa Farmer Today - December 18, 2020 - 6:45am
Despite a long-term trend toward fewer farmers and a year in which COVID-19 has made education a challenge, Iowa FFA programs are surviving and even thriving.
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