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Iowa Agribusiness Network

Diversify crop production portfolio with unconventional means

The theme of the Farmer2Farmer IV Conference, hosted by Farmers Business Network (FBN), was “Take Control.” The phrase “take control” is applicable to many scenarios within a farming operation. An agribusiness executive proposes farmers weigh the benefits of organic crop production, which could help them take control of weed problems and increase sustainability and profitability. […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 12-13-2018

Reactions to the Farm Bill one day later

With the Farm Bill now passed by both houses of Congress, it is now on to the desk of President Trump. It was a wild 48 hours. On Monday evening the Conference Committee finished signing off on the compromised 2018 Farm Bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX 11th) dropped the bill into the […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-13-2018

Farm Bill awaits President’s signature

TEXT: House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s floor speech TEXT: House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson’s floor speech Dustin Hoffman, Anna Hastert and myself were watching how quickly the two houses moved on the farm bill after months of politics, roadblocks and slow acceptance of reality by Republicans who wanted to make it a welfare reform […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 12-13-2018

BASF’s Inscalis offers new weapon against soybean aphids

Adapt. It is a simple word. It only has five letters. But it is a word which carries a lot of strength in Agriculture. To be successful, producers must adapt to changing markets and regulations. However, sometimes products must adapt because pests adapt. Aphids are a tricky pest in soybeans. BASF’s Duane Rathmann says the […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-13-2018

Unlock 5 from Arysta maximizes your crop management timetable

This past growing year posed a unique set of challenges. With the Ag economy being what it is, years like the one we just went through make us look at where we can improve. Arysta Life Science has a way of breaking things down for producers. Audio: Full Interview with Lynn Justesen of Arysta Life […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-13-2018

Financial outlook for 2019 Ag concerns lenders and producers

There has been talk about much uncertainty in the Ag industry. Trade, politics, and weather really took their toll this year. No one area of concern for farmers is more frightening than securing financing for next year. It is a concern shared by bankers on the other side of the table. Ag lenders have been […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-12-2018

Soybean gall midge: What we know thus far

The 2018 growing and harvest seasons presented many challenges. Mother Nature created quite a few problems. But that’s not all… Growers in 18 Iowa counties attributed yield deficits to a new soybean pest. AUDIO: Aaron Saeugling, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach A new pest was identified in Iowa soybean fields this past growing season. […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 12-12-2018

Trade agreement with Japan important to cattle industry

Agricultural interests are optimistic that a new bilateral trade deal with Japan can become a reality. A host of agricultural groups recently testified before the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office, which is seeking industry input. Kevin Kester, of California, was one of those who testified on behalf of the cattle industry. In a recent conversation […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 12-12-2018

Controversial rider attached to Farm Bill in House debate

Tuesday night the House Rules Committee met to discuss the timetable and rules of debate for the 2018 Farm Bill. One concern the Conference Committee had was moving it through both houses quickly and getting it to the President’s desk without much intrigue. They got close. The Farm Bill’s Conference Report was signed off on […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-12-2018

Congress moves quickly to approve 2018 Farm Bill

In a move which has been completely uncharacteristic during the whole saga of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Senate moved quickly to pass the bill on an 87-13 vote on Tuesday afternoon. The vote was held less than 24 hours after the Conference Committee Report was put into the hopper. All indications were that the […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-11-2018