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Original Post Here:   As 2018 was winding down, Iowa State University Extension specialists were gearing up, publishing eight pest management guides for the 2019 growing season. Several of these guides are downloadable, for free, from the ISU Extension Store. The materials can help you establish a balanced integrated pest management strategy for all your weed, insect and disease pests. The guides include the following: • Iowa Crop Performance Tests – Corn 2018 (CROP 3148) Continue reading

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Original Article:   The impact of the government shutdown is real for Reynoldsville, Pa., dairy farmer Bill Smith. He was having problems with his local USDA Farm Service Agency long before the shutdown, but his situation has gotten worse since the shutdown began. Smith is the fifth generation on his dairy farm, which is located along Interstate 80. He has a milking herd of 120 registered Holsteins and prides himself in showing cattle, including Continue reading

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Original Article Here:   Finding land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers. But you can get a leg up on your search by attending a one-day course. Part of a multiyear project led by Minnesota-based Renewing the Countryside, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and other regional organizations, the Farmland Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources, and Continue reading

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USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool Release No. 0042.18 Contact: Justin Fritscher, (202) 720-5776 WASHINGTON, April 3, 2018— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Continue reading

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View Full Article 2018 Prospective Plantings by State Topics: Crops 4/5/2018 According to the USDA 2018 Prospective Plantings report, total planted soybean acres are estimated at 89 million acres, down slightly from last year. Total corn acreage is expected to be 88 million acres, down about 2% from 2017. Wheat and cotton acres planted are expected to increase 3% and 7%, respectively compared to 2017. Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska are expected to lead the way Continue reading

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View Full Article What would Chinese tariffs on soybeans look like for the U.S. Topics: Livestock Risk Management & Farm Programs Crops By David Miller, Director of Research and Commodity Services, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation 4/4/2018 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced today that there would be an additional list of 106 U.S. goods that would be hit with tariffs pending trade discussions finishing in May 2018. Specifically, these new tariffs included a product that Continue reading

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Producers in Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Jefferson, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Union, Wapello, Warren, Wayne County are eligible to apply for 2017 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass, and forage sorghum. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land or fire on federally managed land. County committees can only accept LFP applications Continue reading

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Crop Progress ISSN: 1948-3007 Released November 6, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Corn Harvested – Selected States [These 18 States harvested 94% of the 2016 corn acreage] ———————————————————————— : Week ending : :—————————————–: State : November 5, : October 29, : November 5, : 2012-2016 : 2016 : 2017 : 2017 : Average ———————————————————————— : percent : Colorado …….: 84 31 50 76 Continue reading

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The USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct Farm Ownership loans are a resource to help farmers and ranchers become owner-operators of family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations. Depending on the applicant’s needs, there are three types of Direct Farm Ownership Loans: regular, down payment and joint financing. FSA also offers a Direct Farm Ownership Microloan option for smaller financial needs Continue reading