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Judge overturns WOTUS delay; now law in 26 states

A district court judge in South Carolina overturned the Trump Administration’s attempt to delay implementation of the “Waters of the U.S. Rule,” or WOTUS. The Hill Dot Com says the Obama-era rule is immediately law in 26 states as the judge’s ruling put an exemption on the administration’s suspension rule. The U.S. District Court in […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 08-17-2018

Dairy producers presented new revenue protection program

America’s dairy farmers face many uncertainties, especially when it comes to fluctuating milk prices. A new program aims to provide certainty to farmers during volatile times. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and other groups recently created a federal crop insurance program to help America’s dairy farmers. AFBF […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 08-17-2018

Several Iowa counties get USDA disaster declaration

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has issued disaster declarations for counties in Iowa. Some northern counties have suffered tornado and hail damage, while southern counties are experiencing drought. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director for Iowa Amanda De Jong says the disaster declarations in Iowa give them the opportunity to help. De Jong […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 08-17-2018

USDA to buy up $50 million in milk

Trade issues notwithstanding, the dairy industry has been seeing plenty of struggles. Many producers are having to make some tough decisions. Weekly we hear about several producers who are just deciding to give up. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is trying to help. USDA has announced a plan to buy up roughly $50 […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 08-17-2018

The clock is ticking on the Farm Bill

Senator Grassley held his weekly ag press conference on Wednesday morning. One of the topics covered was the farm bill, which expires on September 30th. Grassley says the goal is to have the 2018 Farm Bill wrapped up on time. However, there are some discussions which could hamper progress. Grassley says if the bill isn’t […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 08-17-2018

Management tool available to cattlemen at no cost

An Iowa-based software company is helping cattle producers better manage their business. AUDIO: Katie Olthoff, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Performance Livestock Analytics, based in Ames, has partnered with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to offer its members access to its Cattle Krush service at no cost. Cattle Krush, a mobile application, helps feedlots manage cattle. Iowa Cattlemen’s […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 08-16-2018

Potential for fall profit in cattle business

Its mid-August and cattle producers are looking at what may happen this fall. The story today comes from the Southern Plains where a lot of calves go on to be stocker cattle on fall pasture and then enter into feedlots. A livestock economist says the marketplace may be good for those who want to buy […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 08-16-2018

Farm export prices show large declines

U.S. agriculture export prices fell 5.3 percent last month. Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows the decline is the largest drop in farm exports since 2011. The decline in July followed a one percent decrease in June, which followed a 1.6 percent increase in May. The department says a 14.1 percent drop […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 08-16-2018

Pork checkoff finding more international markets

With trade issues aplenty and production remaining strong, the pork checkoff is continuing to find ways to market the supply. National Pork Board CEO Bill Even says work is being done to expand international markets for pork. This work is being done on the strength of the Pork 2040 plan.
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 08-16-2018

IRFA’s Monte Shaw discusses Wheeler visit

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited the Iowa State Fair, on Monday, to talk about agriculture issues. One of the glaring issues was over the Renewable Fuels Standard and ethanol. Audio: Full Interview with IRFA’s Monte Shaw. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says the progression on year-round E-15 seems […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 08-16-2018