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The Importance of Mental Health in the Agricultural Community

9/24/2020

American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall is helping farmers and ranchers take control of their mental health one conversation at a time.

Harvest around halfway for industrial hemp crop

9/23/2020

Robin Pruisner with the Iowa Department of Agriculture says there were 729 acres certified this year to grow industrial hemp.

USDA announces second round of COVID payments

9/21/2020

Sign-ups open this week for the CFAP 2 program, which will provide up to $14 billion in aid to crop and livestock farmers.

How to handle crops damaged by Iowa’s derecho and drought | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 52

9/21/2020

In this episode, Iowa State University grain quality expert Dr. Charles Hurburgh shares his advice for farmers who will be handling crops damaged by Iowa’s derecho storm and drought.

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

9/18/2020

An additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020, for this next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2).

Manage stress to increase farm safety

9/15/2020

Farming often is listed as one of the most stressful occupations, yet most farmers say they wouldn’t trade it for any other job. The love of farming, in spite of all the hassles, indicates farmers must be doing something right to manage their stress.

CFAP Payments to Date and Possible Future Ad Hoc Farm Payments

9/15/2020

In this article, we analyze CFAP payments made to date, consider whether actual payments will reach this budgeted $16 billion amount by the time the application period ends on September 11, 2020, and discuss the prospect of further ad hoc farm payments in 2020.

Delegates adopt policy

9/14/2020

Farm Bureau delegates develop language on livestock, biofuels and other key issues.

As Farmers Face Growing Stress, How to Navigate Mental Health Concerns

9/11/2020

Farmers and ranchers continue to weather the extremes of 2020. From drought, derecho and wildfires, to a sudden loss in demand for dairy, 2020 is proving to be an obstacle course for agriculture.

NRCS has funding for Iowa farmers hit by derecho

9/11/2020

Total of 42 counties are eligible for financial help to manage damaged crops and structural practices.

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