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Five Simple, Low-Cost Biosecurity Tips

9/21/2017

Biosecurity is a major aspect of any hog operation but it doesn’t have to mean major expense. It’s very easy to spend upwards of $15,000 improving your biosecurity measures but not every producer is in a position to spend that much.

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)

9/19/2017

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Ask for information at your county FSA office.

Measuring financial stress on Iowa farms

9/19/2017

Examining your farm’s financial health and taking corrective steps can involve some tough choices, but the sooner you do it the greater your chances are of success.

Cattle Feeding Returns

9/19/2017

In the first seven months of 2017 (January through July), on a cash basis (without hedging), estimated cattle feeding profitability per steer was the highest ever. But, that picture has now dramatically changed according to monthly calculations by the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).

Gov. Reynolds signs overweight loads proclamation

9/19/2017

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the transportation of overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire November 17.

Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2018 Coverage, Secretary Allows Producers to Opt Out

9/19/2017

Dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy). Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018.

IFBF Ag Leaders urge more cooperation on key ag issues

9/18/2017

As tough conditions continue to plague the farm economy, Congress can help by breaking through partisan barriers on key issues like tax reform, trade and the farm bill

Iowa situated just fine as Americans eat more protein

9/18/2017

Keeping up with food trends these days is a lot like trying to monitor the latest in cell phone features or maybe even teenage fashions.

Iowa helps Japan launch its first bacon festival

9/18/2017

Organizers of the world’s largest bacon festival, held every winter here in Iowa, are launching the first-ever bacon festival in Japan — in Iowa’s sister state of Yamanashi.

Taiwan makes $1 billion grain purchase in Iowa

9/18/2017

A trade team from the Taiwan Feed Industry Association signed a letter of intent to purchase more than $1 billion of corn and distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) last week during a goodwill mission in Iowa.

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