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Registration now open for Iowa Specialty Producers Conference

1/13/2020

The Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23-24, 2020, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. This event is the first joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (IFVGA) and the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA).

'Grow Your Future' finalists set

1/6/2020

The winner will be chosen after a pitch competition at IFBF Young Farmers Conference.

Iowa Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications to promote specialty crops

1/6/2020

Grant funds will be targeted toward projects that enhance the competitiveness and growth of the specialty crop industry. Eligible specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Both fresh and processed specialty crops are eligible.

Fish and shrimp farms  on the decline in Iowa

1/6/2020

Mimicking national trends of consolidation, the number of aquaculture operations in Iowa dropped by more than one-half from 2013 to 2018, while the total revenue of the remaining operations grew more than 50% over the same period.

State accepting comments on proposed hemp rule

1/6/2020

Farmers and others have until Jan. 22 to submit comments on Iowa’s proposed plan to regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of industrial hemp, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said last week.

Public comment period begins for Iowa’s new hemp production regulations

1/2/2020

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the open comment period for the state’s proposed hemp production regulations began Jan. 1. The public can visit rules.iowa.gov to read the proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp in Iowa. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m./CT on Jan. 22, 2020.

USDA conducting two special surveys on specialty crop areas

1/2/2020

Survey codes, which enable producers to respond to surveys online, were mailed December 6 for the Organic Survey, and December 16 for the Census of Horticultural Specialties.

EPA approves pesticides for hemp

12/23/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week said it is approving the use of 10 pesticide products on industrial hemp in time for the 2020 growing season.

Iowa tree farm grows joy for the holidays

12/16/2019

North Iowa’s Carlson Tree Farm offers wreath-making workshops for visitors who want a hands-on Christmas experience.

Gov. Reynolds discusses farm priorities; tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs; and steps to diversify your farm and prepare for the next generation | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 28

12/16/2019

This episode features Governor Kim Reynolds’ speech at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2019 Annual Meeting, regarding pending trade deals and biofuels. Also in this episode: crop expert Ken Ferrie gives tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs, and Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm Business Development Manager, Amanda Van Steenwyk, shares advice for farmers who want to diversify their operations or pass the farm to the next generation.

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