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Iowa FFA chapters celebrate National FFA Week

This week marks National FFA Week. Nearly 650,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities including Iowa and at national levels, according to The National FFA Organization. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-20-2017

Spring Soil Testing Benefits

by Ken Root & Whitney Flach Profit Matters 2-20-17 Most farmers get their soil tested in the spring for the next growing season and act accordingly. John Grandin Senior Manager, Field Sales Agronomist and Nutrient Management Director for Growmark, says there are lots of good reasons to do soil testing for 2018, this spring. “I
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-20-2017

Day Without Immigrants Protests Slowed some Meatpacking Operations

Last week’s Day Without Immigrants protests caused some slowdowns at meatpacking operations in the United States, but Tyson Foods and Cargill said all plants were operational last Thursday. A Cargill spokesperson told meat industry publication Meatingplace the impact was “minimal,” and a Tyson Foods spokesperson said absentee levels at some locations were “higher than normal,”
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-20-2017

Chicago craft sausage company to soon use only Iowa pork

LISTEN: Money Matters 2-21-17 A Chicago-based craft sausage company owner and Iowa native prides himself for using only Iowa-raised pork. Hundreds of bacon-lovers descended on downtown Des Moines Saturday for the tenth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon festival. It covered four floors of the Iowa events center. One of the vendors, Lance Avery with Big Fork
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-20-2017

Senate Agriculture Committee holds first farm bill hearing Thursday

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first farm bill field hearing Thursday in Manhattan, Kansas. The hearing begins at 2:00pm in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. According to committee sources, it will feature testimony from a variety of agricultural producers. The hearing is titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm
Author: staff writer
Posted: 02-20-2017

Iowan wins Can-Am Defender national contest

During the 2016 Defender Pilot Program held at several dealerships in Iowa, Texas, and Minnesota, participants were able to see the new Can-Am Defender and register for the “Win a Defender” promotion.  On December 14, 2016, the drawing was held and the winner was Jeff Lucas. of Iowa. Jeff Lucas won a Can-Am Defender HD8
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-20-2017

The Daily Funeral

Monday February 20, 2017 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. -Mark 8:35 Each morning I have to attend a funeral. My own. I have to wake up and once again die to myself. I have to die to
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-20-2017

EU To Begin Trade Talks with China

The European Union is getting set to talk trade with China in April or May. European officials told Reuters the goal is to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of what may be a more protectionist Washington D.C. A European trade official says the summit is meant to send a “message to
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 02-17-2017

Number of Iowa farms declines

The number of farms in 2016 in Iowa dipped slightly from 2015. The total number of Iowa farms in 2015 was 87,500 dropping to 87,000 in 2016. The number of farms in the United States for 2016 is estimated at 2.06 million, down 8 thousand farms from 2015. Total land in farms, at 911 million
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-17-2017

Senator Ernst re-named Subcommittee Chair on Rural Development and Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement upon being re-named the Subcommittee Chairman on Rural Development and Energy: “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving as chairman of the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee. This subcommittee
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 02-17-2017