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USDA Releases the 2013 Census of Aquaculture Results

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2013 Census of Aquaculture results. This report is the result of the third national census conducted by NASS to measure the U.S. aquaculture industry. The last Census of Aquaculture was conducted in 2005. “The 2013 Census of Aquaculture expands on the data

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USDA Releases Grain Stocks Report

Old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 1.24 billion bushels, up 50 percent from September 1, 2013. Of the total stocks, 462 million bushels are stored on farms, up 68 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 774 million bushels, are up 42 percent from a year ago. The

USDA Launches Current Agricultural Industrial Reports Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces the launch of the Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR) survey program. NASS will collect and publish vital statistics for the dry and wet alcohol milling and flour milling sectors. The Current Industrial Reports program began in 1904 at the Census Bureau and was discontinued

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Agriculture Career Day Attracts Record Number of Recruiters

Agriculture Career Day, set for Oct. 14 at Iowa State University, is expected to bring more than 250 employers, a record number recruiting for jobs in agriculture and natural resources. Last year, 225 employers and nearly 2,500 students participated in the annual job fair. The nation’s largest agricultural career fair of its kind is open to the public. It will begin


Crop Progress Report Shows Crops Nearing Maturity

Above average temperatures pushed crops towards maturity during the week ending September 28, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included harvesting early corn and soybeans, chopping silage, and harvesting hay. Topsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83

USDA Seeking Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. Members of this Committee advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing and content of periodic agricultural censuses, surveys of agriculture and other related industries. The committee also makes recommendations on the content of agriculture reports and represents the


Farm Crawl 2014 Scheduled

The original and the best: Farm Crawl is just ten days away! Tour seven independent family farms in south-central Iowa as they jointly host open houses on October 5th.  Enjoy a leisurely autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm. Entrance to all of the farms is free. Come visit south Marion County/north Lucas County (one

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Aquatic, Forest and Roadside Continuing Instructional Course Offered Oct. 15, 2014

Winnebago Extension office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct.15, 2014. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) Program.   The local site for the Oct. 15 CIC

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Farmers Urged to Fight Palmer Amaranth Before Problem Grows in Iowa

Farmers still have a fighting chance to stop Palmer Amaranth, a tough yield-robbing weed, from spreading in Iowa. The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are working together to provide information to keep the weed at bay. Native to the southwestern United States, Palmer was first officially identified in Iowa

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Northey: $501,500 Available to Iowa Farmers Through New Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today said that $501,500 in cost share is available through a new program designed to help farmers with organic certification expenses.  Farmers are eligible for 75 percent reimbursement of eligible certification expense, limited to $750 per certification scope, which include: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. The deadline to