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Southeast Iowa Cheese Factory Closes Doors

Southeast Iowa Cheese Factory Closes Doors

Twin County Dairy in southeast Iowa has closed its doors, according to a news release issued by the company. The dairy, more commonly known as the Kalona Cheese Factory, closed Thursday. It had employed about 50 people. The dairy’s owners, John and Joanne Roetlin, and their partners decided to close the factory because of costly

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2014 Sheep Budgets Approved

The American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Board of Directors unanimously approved the association’s fiscal year 2014-2015 wool budget and the legislative budget as well as a supplemental budget dedicated to the Grow our Flock and sheep research priorities. The budget proposals were recommended to the directors by ASI’s American Wool Council (AWC) and the executive

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Iowa Soybean Crop Projected to Hit Eight-year High

A record soybean crop may be projected nationwide, but Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders don’t expect a bumper harvest due to adverse weather. Iowa farmers will harvest an estimated 512 million bushels, up 10 million from August estimates, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Production Report released today. The average yield is


District Crop Production Numbers Released

Iowa’s corn production is forecast at a record 2.44 billion bushels, 13 percent above 2013 production according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. As of September 1, Iowa’s corn crop is forecast to yield a record 185 bushels per acre, 20 bushels higher than in 2013 but unchanged from the

ISU Researchers Developing Nutrient and Erosion Management Tools

Iowa State University researchers expect to unveil later this year a set of decision-making tools for best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and erosion/sediment losses. John Tyndall, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and post-doctoral research associate Troy Bowman are providing information about costs involved with implementing the BMPs included in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, while adding

Iowa Soybeans Are Driving Success

Soybean farmers and the Iowa Hawkeyes football team have a lot in common this year — both rely on clean-burning biodiesel to get to the field The Hawkeyes’ team bus is powered by a 5 percent blend of Iowa-grown biodiesel (B5). The fuel is better for the environment because it burns cleaner, reduces harmful emissions


Braley Receives Top Award from National Farming Group

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today received the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union (NFU) for his consistent advocacy for Iowa’s farmers and agricultural community. The Golden Triangle award is NFU’s highest legislative honor given to sitting members of Congress. “We’ve seen agricultural innovation power Iowa’s economy for generations, and I know the future

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Iowa Crop Report for September 9th

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. “Crops continue to mature as we move towards harvest, with a few farmers starting to chop silage when the weather allows. Aerial

Closing Grain Prices on Monday Afternoon

Closing cash grain bids offered to producers as of 2:00 p.m. Monday. Dollars per bushel, delivered to Interior Iowa Country Elevators. US 2 Yellow Corn Prices were mostly 8 cents lower for a state average of 3.32. US 1 Yellow Soybean Prices were mostly 13 cents lower for a state average of 12.24. Iowa Regions