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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

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NASS to Re-Survey Operators with Unharvested Small Grains

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will re-contact small grain growers in eight states who reported unharvested acreage in the survey NASS conducted earlier this month. Operators will be asked to verify and update, if necessary, the acreage, yield, and production for barley, oats, Durum wheat and other spring wheat. If the responses received result

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Ten Groups Recieve Specialty Crop Block Grants

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be awarding grants to ten Iowa organizations to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.  The Department received $307,610 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to support

NASS Announces Changes to Cash Rents Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will not conduct the agricultural county-level cash rents survey in 2015. NASS will next publish agricultural county-level cash rents data in September 2016. In 2016, NASS will reassess the program to see if any further changes will be necessary. NASS will publish state-level data in

Organic Farms Connect Consumers with their Food, USDA Agriculture Census Reports

Certified organic agriculture producers in the United States sell directly to consumers, produce on-farm renewable energy, and are younger, beginning, farmers more often than conventional producers, according to new 2012 Census of Agriculture data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Conducted only once every five years, the agriculture