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Joe Hrdlicka, Iowa Biotechnology Association

Joe Hrdlicka is executive director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association. Hrdlicka previews the 2018 Partnering for Growth: Biotech Innovation Showcase & Forum. The event is open to the public. Hrdlicka encourages those looking to make connections with others in the biotechnology industry and producers seeking the latest and greatest technology to attend this event. For more information about […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-21-2018

“Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” is back

I want you to think back to advertising campaigns for agricultural products launched by checkoff programs. You might remember the milk mustache, “The Other White Meat” and “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” using recognizable music and voices of famous actors. The last campaign started in 1992 with an initial 17 months run, at a cost of […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-21-2018

Investing in healthy soils

The Fertilizer Institute reports a continued investment in nutrient management and stewardship, but a national organization argues the investment needs to be done on a larger scale. Susanne Hickey is director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa. Hickey says Iowa farmers have adopted and implemented a variety conservation practices. However, she believes […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-20-2018

Fertilizer Institute issues annual industry report

The Fertilizer Institute 2017 State of the Fertilizer Industry report shows a continued investment in nutrient management and stewardship, among other things. Organizers say the annual report quantifies the industry’s performance record on environmental, economic and social indicators. The report also documents the fertilizer industry’s contribution to meeting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals of […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-20-2018

Farm state senators oppose trade sanctions against China

As stated in Newton’s Laws of Motion, action causes reaction. The same principle appears to apply in trade – restrict a country’s exports causes them to restrict the imposing country’s imports. How the United States proposed tariff on Chinese steel and aluminum exports would impact Iowa agriculture, in the program below. AUDIO: Agribusiness Matters 2-21-18
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-20-2018

Market strategist advises soybean growers not to get “too bullish”

AUDIO: Jim McCormick, Allendale Grain markets this week will continue to monitor the latest forecasts out of Argentina. However, a market strategist encourages growers not to get too “bulled up” about its effect on soybean futures. Jim McCormick is senior adviser for Allendale. McCormick says grain markets continue to respond to weather in Argentina. However, […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-20-2018

Jim McCormick, Allendale

Jim McCormick is senior adviser for Allendale. McCormick says trade analysts this week will be watching the weather in Argentina and focusing on United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Outlook Forum. McCormick further talks in-depth on the dryness in Argentina. He advises growers “not to get too bulled up on what’s going on right now.” […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-20-2018

Dicamba applicators must take mandatory training

An old herbicide has been reinvented, and applicators are required to take a short course before applying it throughout the 2018 growing season. The product Dicamba has been utilized by Monsanto to bio-engineer soybeans to resist it and kill more weeds than other options. Last year, growers and professional applicators had a hard time managing […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-20-2018

President’s plans disappoint Waterways Council

It appeared as though there was going to be increased funding for inland waterway improvements until the President’s plan and budget were released. The Waterways Council voiced disappointment on multiple fronts. The group, which lobbies on behalf of the nation’s inland waterways and system users, got a double-dose of bad news last week with the […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-19-2018

Legislation designed to save pollinators introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D – OR 3rd District) and Jim McGovern (D – MA 2nd District) introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. The legislation aims to protect the health of honey bees and other critical pollinators. Estimates suggest the United States lost one-third of its honey bee colonies between 2016 and 2017, with similar losses […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-19-2018