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Pig Farms Rebound from Virus; Meat Prices May Drop

Pig Farms Rebound from Virus; Meat Prices May Drop

Pork prices hit record highs this summer as farmers weren’t able to feed the demand – mostly because a virus had killed millions of their baby pigs. There is good news for pork lovers in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture production update, as it shows more piglets are surviving and producers are building up

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Waters of the U.S. Comment Period Extended

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period on the Waters of the U.S. rule from Oct. 20 to Nov. 14 to provide the public time to comment on the expected release of a scientific advisory board report on connectivity, according to a statement from EPA. EPA has faced criticism for posting

NSIIC Accepting Proposals for Two Separate Grant Programs

The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) is soliciting applications for two separate grant programs. First, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that NSIIC was the recipient of nearly $1.5 million in new grant funds to assist the sheep industry through the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program.

Vilsack Announces Lamb Board Appointments

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week announced the appointments to the 2015 American Lamb Board. Each appointee will serve a three-year term, effective immediately. The newly appointed board members are David Quam (San Angelo, Texas) representing producers, Tammy Doughty (Reform, Ala.) representing feeders and Elizabeth Dressler (Parker, Colo.) representing first handlers. Reappointed to the

Nominations sought for Iowa Soybean Association leadership awards

Nominations are being sought by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) for five awards recognizing those who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in agriculture and improving soybean production and environmental performance. Awards will be presented in five categories: Legacy of Leadership, Rising Star, Environmental Leader, New Leader and Friend of the Iowa Soybean Association. ISA President

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ISU Dedicates Elings Hall and Sukup Hall

More than 450 people attended the dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “I’m pleased to dedicate Elings and Sukup halls as the anchors of our beautiful Biorenewables Complex,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “They provide a

Iowa State University Soil Judging Team Wins Regional Competition

The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team won the Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging contest held here Oct. 2. ISU hosted the contest, which was authorized by the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Kansas State University, University of Minnesota, Missouri State University, University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University competed with Iowa State. ISU’s team won the

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USDA To Conduct Corn Production Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in collaboration with the Economic Research Service (ERS) is conducting the 2014 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) which will focus on corn production practices. “ARMS serves as the primary source of information on the use of crop protection chemicals, ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Finds E & M Farms in Violation

As a result of an inspection of northeastern Iowa livestock operations by EPA Region 7 staff last spring, the owner of E&M Farms, Inc., has agreed to pay a $7,500 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its dairy operation near Ossian. EPA’s inspection and sampling of E&M Farms, Inc.,

Grain Mixed, Livestock Higher

Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9150 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.3350 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5050 a bushel; while Nov soybeans lost 3.25 cents to $9.39 a bushel. Beef and pork

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