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Farm bill can pass on partisan vote

The House of Representatives this week moved the 2018 Farm Bill through committee, with a yea vote from every Republican and a nay vote from every Democrat. It appears that is the way it is going to be through the whole process, if there is going to be a bill. It does not have the best […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 04-20-2018

Soybean farmers cannot replace Chinese business

United States soybean exports could drop as much as 65%, if the back-and-forth trade rhetoric battle between the two largest economies causes China to slap on retaliatory tariffs. Politico says this number comes from a soon-to-be-published report out of Purdue University. China earlier this month said it will put a 25%  tariff on U.S. soybeans, […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 04-20-2018

Agronomist suggests sidedressing nitrogen this spring

A late planting window can impact nitrogen applications. Jim McDermott is a DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist in northwest Iowa. McDermott talks about the impacts a late planting window can have on nitrogen applications. He suggests growers weigh their options before entering fields this spring. “If we’re not allowed to put nitrogen on before planting, we […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-20-2018

Senator Ersnt introduces bill to combat rural suicide

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has introduced a bi-partisan bill, called the Farmers First Act, to help combat the high rate of suicides in the agriculture community. Senator Ernst says that a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that agricultural workers have a higher rate of suicide than any other occupation. […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-20-2018

Food banks to see funding increase in Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee marked up the 2018 Farm Bill last Wednesday. Not every member was on board with the new version of the bill. The sticking point was over the title for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) When the Ag Committee met to vote on marking up the 2018 Farm Bill, there was […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-20-2018

FCA report outlines factors weighing on farm country

A report on the performance of the Farm Credit system shows 2018 has been another challenging year for agriculture. The report, presented to the Farm Credit Administration board, outlines the economic issues affecting agriculture. Based on its first forecast of the 2018 farm economy, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects net farm income […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 04-19-2018

Agronomist: “Stay calm, corn can adjust to late planting”

  Forecast indicates warmer temperatures lie on the horizon. Even then, farmers preparing fields are advised to wait a little longer. Jim McDermott is a DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist in northwest Iowa. McDermott urges growers to remain calm throughout this cold, wet spell. He adds rushing into wet fields can create additional, unwanted problems. “Knowing […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-19-2018

2018 Farm Bill on the move

The long-awaited mark up of the 2018 Farm Bill came Wednesday in the House Agriculture Committee. House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX 11th District) addressed reporters after the 2018 Farm Bill was marked up and sent to the full House. Chairman Conaway reflected that it has taken three years and 114 meetings to get […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-19-2018

Dicamba training available to Iowa farmers online

Dicamba was a hot button topic in agriculture last growing season, but it was not just all praise. Those who sprayed it on their traited beans for the first time, saw some pretty good results. However, farmers who did not have Dicamba tolerant beans, told a different story as the herbicide drifted across their fields. […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-19-2018

NFU opposes farm bill as written

The 2018 Farm Bill was pushed through the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee yesterday. The basic platform for farm and food/nutrition spending is on its way through the legislative process. This one is full of controversy. What isn’t? It will not become law in its present form. Most of the bill will likely survive the House […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 04-19-2018