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Farmers Encouraged to Apply Now for Cost Share for Water Quality Practices

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reminded Iowa farmers that funds are available to help install practices focused on protecting water quality.  Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. The cost share rate for first-time users of cover crops is $25 per […]

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Ernst Expresses Disappointment Over President’s Veto to Cut Presidential Perks

‎President Obama vetoed the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act which passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) – who introduced legislation in the Senate along with Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), while Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced a bill in […]

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Forest City Council Discusses City Administrator Position

The Forest City Council reviewed proposed Ordinance No. 758 concerning the City Administrator position. The ordinance not only established the administrator position, but also set the method for hiring the applicant, set the compensation range, and established the job duties. Councilman Dennis Zehren expressed several concerns on the ordinance. He had just joined the council […]

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Iowa Crops Report Released

Recent heat and humidity helped speed crop development although frequent rains allowed Iowa farmers only 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 24, 2016, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included aerial fungicide application to corn and cutting hay when fields were dry enough. Topsoil moisture […]