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DuPont Pioneer Names Neal Gutterson to Lead Agricultural Biotechnology

DuPont Pioneer announced Wednesday that Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., will join the business as vice president of Agricultural Biotechnology (ABT), effective July 21, 2014. Gutterson joins Pioneer from Mendel Biotechnology where he served most recently as president, chief executive officer and board member. “Neal brings extensive biotechnology and business leadership in the seed and crop protection

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Schmacon™ Debuts at the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters

Move over bacon, there’s a new crispy, smoky meat at the Iowa State Fair and it’s called Schmacon™. Bold and beefy, Schmacon™ is a fresh take on bacon. The smoked and cured glazed beef slices are made from whole muscle beef and a proprietary spice blend and cure recipe to create a unique sweet and

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Beef Producers Invited to Tom Noffsinger Low-Stress Handling Clinic

Learning to take advantage of the natural movement tendencies of cattle is the first step toward more efficient and effective handling, according to Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall. “Low-stress cattle handling techniques benefit both the cattle and the cowboy,” he said. “Dr. Tom Noffsinger is known across the

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Study Identifies Opportunities to Fill Dairy Demand Growth

 The Midwest has the potential to capture its share of growing domestic and global dairy demand opportunities, according to a recently completed economic study funded by Midwest Dairy Association through the dairy checkoff. The study, conducted by Blimling and Associates, Inc., was carried out under the direction of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center’s Dairy

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Biofilter Conference to Present Latest Odor Mitigation Technologies

Iowa State University will host a conference Aug. 20 covering the latest biofilter technologies that can be used to reduce odors from animal-feeding operations. “Biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas emissions from ventilated animal and manure storage facilities,” said Steve Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State. “The conference will outline factors such as costs,

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Demonstration Home Garden Field Days in Progress

Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms kicked off its series of Demonstration Home Garden Field Days July 21 in southwest Iowa. “Homeowners looking for new and different plants to try in their yards and gardens will have a nice variety of vegetables and flowers to view at the field days,” said Cynthia Haynes, an

Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. “Nothing Compares” to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17. The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try

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FARMLAND LEASING MEETING SET FOR AUGUST 13 IN MASON CITY

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented, and the percentage of farmland rented has increased over time due to the changing demographics of farmland owners. Iowa farmland cash rental rates decreased by $10 an acre from 2013 to 2014. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County is hosting a farmland leasing

IOWA FARMERS CONVERGE IN AMES TO LEARN HOW EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, CHANGING GLOBAL FOOD DEMANDS AND BIG DATA WILL IMPACT FARMING IN IOWA

Iowa technology and understanding global consumer demand for Iowa farm products brought hundreds of Iowa farmers and agribusiness leaders to Scheman Auditorium in Ames this week for the third annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) Economic Summit.  Iowa farmers had several lively discussions with national experts on Big Data, drone technology, commodity markets and ag

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