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Pig Farming

Despite Public Objections, Hog Operations to Expand

Despite Public Objections, Hog Operations to Expand

Iowa officials cleared the way for two hog facilities in Adair County to expand their operations even though local leaders twice rejected the projects. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission on Tuesday backed a state Department of Natural Resources ruling on the facilities. That means Circle G and Geidel Pork, operated by the same family, can

Conservation Stewardship Program

Iowa Announces 2014 USDA Conservation Innovation Grants

Researching innovative ways to market grass-fed livestock and improve nutrient reduction highlight the six Iowa 2014 projects selected through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.   USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the CIG program through the 2014 Farm Bill. The CIG requires a 50/50 match between NRCS and the applicant. Each state can


North Iowa Area Community College Receives a $2,000 Grant for Advanced Credentialing of Ag Faculty

The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Foundation received a $2,000 Working Here Fund grant to help cover the cost of faculty earning advanced credentialing in precision agriculture. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. “The world of ag tech and precision farming is advancing quickly,” said Kevin

Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors Elects 2015 Officers

Six farmers were elected to leadership positions at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) board of directors. Tom Oswald of Cleghorn took his seat as president and Wayne Fredericks of Osage was elected president-elect. Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney was chosen as treasurer and Rolland Schnell of Newton was elected secretary. Ben


ISU McNay Field Day Set for September 18

The annual fall field day of the Iowa State University (ISU) McNay Memorial Research Farm southwest of Chariton is set for Thursday, Sept. 18. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers organizes this event, and said crops and grazing research is the focus of the event, along with an update on current beef

Drainage District

USDA Announces October 17 EQIP Signup

Iowa farmers interested in reducing soil erosion, improving water quality, and creating wildlife habitat on their land have until Oct. 17 to be considered for funding through USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2015. Through EQIP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices such


Crop Report Yields Wetter Than Normal Month

Heavy rains restricted fieldwork to only 2.6 days suitable across Iowa during the week ending September 14, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures for the week were below normal, slowing crop development. Frost was reported across much of the state but caused little damage. Activities for the week included chopping

Murphy USA to Celebrate New E15, E85 Product Offerings in Iowa

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced Iowa motorists will have greater access to cleaner-burning, lower-cost ethanol blends like registered E15 for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) at several Murphy USA locations starting September 16.   In celebration of its new, homegrown product offerings at seven locations throughout

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It was set up well to expand as research