Specialty Crops

MONDAY MORNING AG WATCH: Specialty Crop Applications Due Soon

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today reminded Iowans that the deadline to apply for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program is May 2.  The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, which administers the program, has reported […]

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Ernst Co-Sponsors Legislation to Impose Tough Sanctions On Iran in Response to Ballistic Missile Violations

In response to recent ballistic missile tests by Iran, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) co-sponsored legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to impose tough primary and secondary sanctions on every sector of the Iranian economy that directly or indirectly supports Iran’s ballistic missile program.  Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), […]

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Grassley, McCaskill, Wyden Bill Expands Whistleblower Protections to the Legislative Branch

In celebration of Sunshine Week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to shield congressional employees from retaliation when they call attention to fraud, waste or mismanagement. The bill extends whistleblower protections in place at many executive branch agencies to the legislative branch of […]


SUNDAY TALK: The “Big Top” is a “Big Nightmare” to Performance Animals in the Circus

Letter to the Editor   Dear Editor, A circus is coming to North Iowa in a few weeks.  The Shrine Circus is a traveling show that includes acrobats, clowns, and of course, plenty of performance animals.  The upcoming Shrine Circus in North Iowa specifically showcases the Tarzan Zerbini Performing Elephants as part of it traveling […]

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SUNDAY TALK: Grassley Addresses the Nomination, Congressional Vacations, and Brokered Conventions

Senator Charles Grassley has come under fire for his quest to have the people decide the direction of the Supreme Court in the next election. Grassley has been firm on his stance to not hold hearings until after the next President is elected in November. Grassley addressed this issue with us and other topics too. […]

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Farmers Can Enroll in On-farm Trials with the Iowa Soybean Association

Before Iowa farmers plant the first seed this spring, they have the opportunity to enroll in dozens ofstrip trials through the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) On-Farm Network®. Trials are currently available on both soybeans and corn on a variety of topics including seed treatment, crop protection, crop management, nitrogen and soil health. “This year we […]