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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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Aquatic, Forest and Roadside Continuing Instructional Course Offered Oct. 15, 2014

Winnebago Extension office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct.15, 2014. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) Program.   The local site for the Oct. 15 CIC

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Livestock Operator in Iowa to Pay EPA Penalty

A livestock operator has agreed to pay $7,500 after environmental officials say it violated clean water regulations at its dairy operation in northeast Iowa. The Region 7 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says E and M Farms, Incorporated will pay the civil penalty to settle allegations that it discharged pollutants. The EPA says

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U.S. Farm Production Expenditures Top $367 Billion in 2013

U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013, a 2.0 percent increase from 2012, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Per farm, the average expenditures total $175,270 compared with $171,309 in 2012, up 2.3 percent. Crop farms account for