ISU updates crop pest management publications

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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

No end in sight for dairy farmer struggling with loan issue

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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

Helping beginning farmers find land Farmland Access Bootcamp will be Feb. 9 in central Iowa.

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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

USDA NEWS – 4/3/18

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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

What would Chinese tariffs on soybeans look like for the U.S.

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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

USDA Offers Drought Impacted Iowa Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

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Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Affected by Drought Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers in of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from drought. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts during drought or similar qualifying natural disasters. Available programs and loans include: · Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – provides Continue reading

FSA/USDA News Updates

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Payment Limitations by Program The 2014 Farm Bill established a maximum dollar amount for each program that can be received annually, directly or indirectly, by each person or legal entity. Payment limitations vary by program for 2014 through 2018. Below is an overview of payment limitations by program. Commodity and Price Support Programs The annual limitation for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Loan Continue reading