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ARC-PLC Decision Timeline Looming for Producers

ARC-PLC Decision Timeline Looming for Producers

For those farmers who received information last August, on base acre planting, they have had since the end of September to visit their local FSA Office to update any new information on planting or their land. Officials stress that now is the time to consider your options according to new timelines set up by the USDA

NRCS Extends Winter Hardy Cover Crop Seeding Deadline to Nov. 1

Due to the late harvest of corn and soybeans this fall, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is granting a two-week extension to Nov. 1 for seeding winter hardy cover crops like cereal rye, winter wheat and triticale. Iowa NRCS State Agronomist Barb Stewart says drill-seeded winter hardy cover crops experienced good winter survival last

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Caution Urged to Farmers Working on Big Corn Crop

Safety advocates are urging Minnesota farmers to be cautious around storage bins and elevators when working on this year’s corn crop. Adam Czech, spokesman with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, tells the St. Cloud Times the state’s corn harvest could reach 1.34 billion bushels this year, which would be the second largest in history. Dan

Sheriff: Iowa man killed after tractor flips

Grundy County authorities say an 84-year-old man has died after being pinned underneath his tractor. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office says Russell Katzer of Conrad was killed on Sunday. Authorities say he was driving on a gravel street when he veered off the road and the tractor flipped. Katzer was taken to the Marshalltown Medical

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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