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Pat Thilges Joins Growing Network of Independent Syngenta Seed Advisors

Syngenta has announced that it is partnering with Pat Thilges in Britt, Iowa to deliver seed solutions to growers that include high-yielding GoldenHarvest®brand corn and NK®brand soybeans, as well as innovative trait technologies like the Agrisure®family of traits and proprietary seed treatments. “In order to provide growers with the strong hybrid and variety seed products


Obama Administration Issues Fact Sheet on America’s Agricultural Sector

In March 2014, the Obama Administration unveiled the Climate Data Initiative—a key deliverable of the President’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge. The Climate Data Initiative leverages the Federal Government’s vast and open data resources

USDA Rural Development Temporarily Accepting Applications to Refinance Home Loans in Rural Iowa

USDA Rural Development, through its Direct Home Loan Program, is temporarily accepting applications to refinance home loans in eligible rural areas. With this temporary program change eligible households that will be experiencing an increase in interest rate or change in repayment terms for adjustable rate loans, interest only loans, short-term rate locks, or other forms

Vilsack to Speak to Corn Belt Farmers August 5th

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will address farmers and others attending the Resilient Agriculture Conference on Tuesday, August 5th, at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, via live remote from D.C. to Ames, Iowa, at the Gateway Conference Center, Garden Room.  Comments also will be made by Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture

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Grazing Goats Terrorize Weeds for Landowners

No doubt about it; 60 grazing goats make a huge dent in an overgrown creek corridor.  Two weeks after being turned loose in Ensign Hollow state wildlife area, they have chewed their way through over three acres of giant ragweed, stinging nettles, wild parsnip, poison ivy and just about anything else a land manager does

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Feedlot Totals Released

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,150,000 on July 1, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. The inventory is down 4 percent from June 1, 2014, but up 3 percent from July 1, 2013. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000


U.S. Cattle Inventory Down 3 Percent from 2012

As of July 1, there were 95.0 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973. Other key findings in the report were: The 2014

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Tyson Foods Is Downsizing

Tyson Foods Inc. says it’s closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company’s product needs have changed. Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat processor, announced Friday the planned closures of the plants in Cherokee, Iowa; Buffalo, New York; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The company said the action


U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Korea Partnership in Organic Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the United States and the Republic of Korea formed a partnership that will recognize the two countries’ organic programs as equivalent for processed organic products and streamline access to each other’s markets. According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million of processed organic products

Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers Funds to assist with Organic Certification Costs

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. “Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “To meet this demand, we