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Egg Production Up in August

Egg production in Iowa during July 2014 was 1.28 billion eggs, up 3 percent from last month, and up 3 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs release from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The total number of layers on hand during July was 53.9 million, down 1 percent from last

ISA Members Presented with Environmental Leader Award

Iowa soybean farmers were among those presented with the Environmental Leader Award at a ceremony during the Iowa State Fair. Eighty-eight farmers and their families were recognized for their commitment to improving water quality and maintaining healthy soil. More than half of the farmers recognized are members of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). “These farmers

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Century and Heritage Farms Recognized at the Iowa State Fair

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during a ceremony at the State Fair again this year.  To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm. This year

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Grain Mixed, Livestock Lower

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery was unchanged at $5.5850 a bushel; December corn was 5.75 cents lower at $3.6650 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.3975 a bushel; while November soybeans loss 8.25 cents to $10.4450 a bushel. Beef and pork

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Discusses Crop Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Iowa saw some spotty precipitation again last week, but significant parts of the state have missed some of the recent rainfalls and

Iowa State Fair Auctions Raise $327,000 for Scholarships

Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year. Several hundred watched the auctions Saturday. The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested in agriculture. Seventeen-year-old Alexis Delaney says she had no