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Warm Temperatures Encouraged Iowa Poinsettias to Grow Too Fast

by Whitney Flach The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States, especially during this time of year. This year it wasn’t an easy growing for the fall crop. The warm temperatures encouraged the poinsettias to grow a little too fast. It took extra care to make sure the Iowa-grown poinsettias
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-02-2016

Jasper County farmer says cover crops have improved his soil health

by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: world-of-agriculture-12-5-16 Monday is World Soil Day. Soil is the farmer’s most valuable resource. Roger Zylstra grows corn and soybeans on highly erodible ground in Jasper County. One way he manages his ground is no-till planting and cover crops. “As soon as we get done harvesting fields, we have the opportunity now because
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 12-02-2016

Contender for Top EPA Post Wants to End Subsidies for Renewable Energy

by Ken Root A Texan being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Environmental Protection Agency wants to end subsidies for renewable energy. Kathleen Hartnett White confirmed to the McClatchy Washington news bureau this week she is being considered to lead the EPA, following a meeting with President-elect Trump. Hartnett White, along with Trump,
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-02-2016

OPEC Attempting To Cut Oil Production

The Oil Producing and Exporting Countries cartel is making a run at cutting supplies for the first time since 2008. The dynamics of the new century have taken a lot of clout away from the Arabian Penninsula and other major oil exporters but they are seeming to cooperate and rally back in a six month
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-02-2016

Agriculture Secretary Portrait Full of Meaningfulness

Credit goes to Jerry Hagstrom Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s portrait, to be hung in the patio of the Agriculture Department’s Jamie Whitten headquarters building, is unusual in both the way it was painted and in the contents of the portrait itself. To paint the portrait, Vilsack chose native Iowa artist Rose Frantzen, whose work is in
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-02-2016

Farm state lawmakers differ on future of Renewable Fuels Standard

by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: money-matters-12-5-16 An Oklahoma Senator wants to rid the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Government Accountability Office released two reports on the RFS Monday. One report says the federal government spent $1.1 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2015 for advanced biofuel research and development. GOA determined advanced biofuel targets are unattainable. During a
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 12-02-2016

Priorities

Friday December 2, 2016  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”  -Matthew 6:19 I hate sharing Harold. Typically I am really great at sharing, but sharing Harold is hard for me. I want to be super important to him. I want
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-02-2016

23 Students Named to the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team

by Whitney Flach Today, Iowa Corn announced the 23 Iowa college students who will make up the seventh Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT). This advisory council comes from Iowa students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The team includes one representative from each state college and university, and five students from Iowa State University. CAT will assist the Iowa Corn
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 12-01-2016

USDA proposes revisions to nutritional fact panel for meat and poultry products

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Wednesday proposed a critical step in ensuring that consumers have updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products, helping Americans make better informed decisions when purchasing meat and poultry products. FSIS is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 12-01-2016

Vilsack says farm income forecast shows farm sector strength

staff writer Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2016 shows the health of the overall farm economy is strong in the face of challenging markets. Released by the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, the report shows final income for 2016 is expected to decline after dropping in 2015 following
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 12-01-2016