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Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

3/31/2020

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the COVID-19, or new coronavirus, outbreak.

Stimulus package offers help for ag

3/30/2020

Provisions in the $2 trillion package earmark nearly $25 billion for agriculture to counter the effects of the pandemic.

Sign-up open for Prairie Pothole Program

3/30/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a pilot program to enable farmers in Iowa and other states in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting perennial cover for conservation use for three to five years.

Marketing insights

3/30/2020

Old-crop soybean basis continues its steady climb as shown in this week’s graph showing the average Iowa soybean basis versus July futures (solid green line, right axis).

Cash strategist

3/30/2020

Large acres limit risk exposure

Meat Goats for Pasture, Profit and Personal Development webinar

3/27/2020

The growing demand for goat meat in the U.S., and the associated strong prices for goats, have many farmers thinking about “getting into goats in a big way.”

Coping strategies plan

3/23/2020

A helpful step in managing stresses in farming and ranching is to consider the “tools” or “strategies” that are available for dealing with particular stresses. This handout provides a list of useful coping “tools” that can be part of your toolbox for managing individual, family or farming/ranching stresses.

Iowa FSA and NRCS offices open by appointment only

3/23/2020

Farm co-ops, seed dealers and other service providers also take steps to minimize in-person contact in response to COVID-19 outbreak.

DHS says ag is ‘critical infrastructure’

3/23/2020

Declaration exempts food system from any mandatory work stoppages.

Market insights

3/23/2020

This week, the graph shows July corn futures (red dashed line) and the average Iowa cash corn price (blue dashed line) since mid-October 2019 (using the left axis).

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