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NCGA seeks farmer participation in paycheck protection program

The National Corn Growers Association is urging Congress to work with the Small Business Administration to ensure that farming partnerships and limited liability corporations (LLCs) are able to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). NCGA, along with 35 agriculture organizations, recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Small Business […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-26-2021

Rep. Feenstra continues push for disaster relief in pandemic bill

Iowa Fourth District Congressman Randy Feenstra says House Democrats proposed an amendment that would remove his disaster relief provision from the pandemic relief bill. Feenstra’s provision was recently passed out of the House Agriculture Committee, and would provide relief for victims of natural disasters, including high windstorms like the devastating derecho that tore through Iowa […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-26-2021

Iowa delegation seeks CFAP support for cattle feeders

Iowa’s congressional delegation is working to have custom cattle feeders included in renewed payments from USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. This week, Senators Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst, and Representatives Cindy Axne, Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighting the exclusion of custom cattle feeders […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-26-2021

AFBF’s Duvall: Farmers are in position to combat climate crisis

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall testified yesterday in front of the House Agriculture Committee about climate change and the agriculture sector. Duvall stated that American farmers and ranchers have already made great strides in improving the impact they make on the environment. He cited studies that show that the Ag industry only accounts for […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 02-26-2021

USDA Invests $42 Million in distance learning and telemedicine infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is investing $42.3 million to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities (PDF, 255 KB). Rural areas are seeing higher infection and death rates related to COVID-19 due to several factors, including a much higher percentage of underlying conditions, difficulty accessing […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-26-2021

Iowa Farm Bureau praises CFAP application deadline extension

The Iowa Farm Bureau applauds Thursday’s announcement from USDA that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has extended the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program application deadline. On Wednesday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack asking USDA to extend the deadline to apply for the CFAP aid. Less than 24 hours […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-25-2021

Iowa Soybean has their board meetings in Ankeny

It is a strange time. Normally, we would be gearing up for an in-person gathering at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, next week. However, due to the pandemic that took a hold of us just after Commodity Classic last year, we are grounded and meeting virtually. This means that many organizations who would have been […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 02-25-2021

Iowa’s melting snowpack helping subsoil conditions

The warm temperatures this week and next across Iowa are helping melt the state’s large snowpack, which is good news for subsoil moisture conditions. Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan says that while the melting snowpack won’t provide a lot of precipitation for the already existing dry conditions in the western part of the state, […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-25-2021

Allendale broker: Weekly export sales “very disappointing”

Export sales were less than friendly this week, according to an Allendale broker. The U.S. Export Sales Report on Thursday morning had bearish numbers for corn, soybeans, wheat, and soybean oil. Total corn exports on the week were 599,100 metric tons, soybeans were 238,700 metric tons, and wheat exports came in at 182,600 metric tons. […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 02-25-2021

Pilgrim’s Pride pleads guilty to price fixing

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation this week pleaded guilty to price-fixing allegations. The Department of Justice announced the plea, and a sentence to pay approximately $107 million in criminal fines. According to the plea agreement entered in the U.S. District Court in Denver, from as early as 2012 and continuing at least into 2017, Pilgrim’s participated in […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-25-2021
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