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Milk Production Report Released

Milk Production Report Released

Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 16.0 billion pounds, up 0.1 percent from October 2014. September revised production, at 15.6 billion pounds, was up 0.5 percent from September 2014. The September revision represented an increase of 12 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow

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Farm Labor Report Released

There were 34,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Corn Belt 2 Region (Iowa and Missouri) during the reference week of October 11-17, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.03 per hour, down four cents from

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Dayton Plans to Convene Statewide Water Quality Summit

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has announced plans to convene a statewide water quality summit in February. Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union. The governor’s office says the summit is designed to focus attention on challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies — in both rural


Storm Leaves it’s Mark on the Area

North Iowa residents were digging out from under more than a foot of snow in some places, while roads over all but the southwest portion of the state remain impassable or partially blocked. The National Weather Service says a wintry storm that began dropping snow on the state Friday dumped between 6 and 12 inches

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Spitz Wins State SBDC Support Person of the Year Award

America’s SBDC Iowa has announced that Mary Spitz, Administrative Assistant, North Iowa Area Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Mason City, is the winner of the SBDC’s Support Person of the Year Award. This is the first year for this award, which recognizes the superior performance of a regional support staff member for exemplary service

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USDA: Commodity Prices at Low Point Now Where Production Costs Aren’t Met

Area farmers are taking note that more predictions point toward gloomy financial times ahead for them as commodity prices trend lower for corn and soybeans. Rod Johansson, an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture, says those commodity prices have continued to drop and have now reached a crucial point. Despite predictions for record or near-record


NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Archery Participation Benefiting from Popular Movie Franchise

Archery is experiencing a wave of popularity thanks, in part, to the successful Hunger Games series, and locally to Iowa’s expanding archery in the schools program. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Iowa Bowhunters Association will be giving away a brand new Gen-X Bow valued at $300. To enter the drawing,