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Former USDA secretaries unite for food panel

October 17, 2017 - 8:22am
DES MOINES — If there is anything former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture agree on, it is that separating food programs from farm programs in legislation is a terrible idea.
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Researchers explore weed control tipping point

October 16, 2017 - 7:00am
URBANA, Ill. — Imagine you’re walking the cereal aisle at your favorite grocery store. Are you reading labels? Scanning prices? Thinking about weeds?
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48-year-old no-till plot still yielding info

October 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — On occasion, Ron Krausz has considered plowing up the long-term no-till plot here. After all, how much more knowledge can be gleaned after nearly five decades of research?
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Monocrop magic: Farmers finding success

October 14, 2017 - 4:30pm
XENIA, Ill. — Some might consider doing away with a corn-soybean rotation on a large farm a daring move. Darren Bailey and his two sons see it differently.
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Farm bioreactor demo offers info on cost, motive

October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
GENESEO, Ill. — When Henry County farmer Todd VerHeecke decided to start using cover crops five years ago, his motivation was both economic and environmental.
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U.S. agriculture bears cost of trade disputes

October 14, 2017 - 8:00am
Potential trade disputes are approaching from all directions with significant implications for American agriculture. To the north and south, the U.S. government is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Just last week, the three countries…
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Reduce regulations to relieve farms, companies

October 14, 2017 - 8:00am
Federal regulations impose enormous costs on America’s businesses and working families. These costs burden virtually every sector of our economy, although the manufacturing sector is disproportionately hard hit. … That is why, on Jan. 24, President Trump signed a presidential…
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Capacity, demand bolster meat prices

October 13, 2017 - 4:15pm
The combination of strong demand and increasing pork packing capacity should help the livestock industry work through large meat supplies this fall and winter.
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Solid corn yields surprise some Iowa farmers

October 13, 2017 - 9:45am
Despite a difficult growing season, leaders of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board say yields this fall are good.
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Farmers see challenges, rewards of value-added crops

October 13, 2017 - 7:30am
As with all commodities, the premium grains market has its ups and downs. And farmers must continually assess whether the extra money is worth the extra work, not to mention the extra risk.
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Illinois farmers testing new wheatgrass crop

October 13, 2017 - 7:00am
MODESTO, Ill. — A small group of farmers, including some in Illinois, is pioneering a new crop that is in great demand already, but still has a way to go before it is farmed on a larger scale. Companies like…
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Cash flow calculation tops list of livestock building homework

October 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
Making the decision to put up a new livestock building should be a lengthy and detailed process.
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Candidate eyes farm bill for Leopold Center funding

October 12, 2017 - 2:43pm
It is probably a longshot, but at least one congressional candidate is suggesting funding to keep the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture afloat could come from the next federal farm bill instead of from the next state legislative session.
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Safety Watch: Youth groups encourage farmer safety

October 12, 2017 - 2:30pm
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Producers consider ‘non-negotiables’ when buying bulls

October 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
When Charles Henke makes genetics decisions for his herd, he always takes into account expected progeny differences (EPDs).
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Grassley says public could sway EPA rules

October 12, 2017 - 8:35am
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sen. Chuck Grassley said there still is time to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard that could do “severe harm” to the biofuels industry.
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Rain interrupts harvest across much of Missouri

October 12, 2017 - 8:00am
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Seeking profits, farm transitions to organic crops

October 11, 2017 - 3:17pm
KEOTA, Iowa — A passion for organic methods and an interest in maximizing profits on fewer acres led Levi Lyle to transition a portion his family’s farm in eastern Keokuk County to organic row-crop production.
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Current strong steer basis ‘noteworthy’

October 11, 2017 - 1:04pm
Feeder cattle prices strengthened last week as feedlots looked to fill pens.
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