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WRDA Critical for Agriculture


Congress could pass the Water Resources Development Act following the elections next month during a lame-duck session.

Pheasant Season Opens October 29


Iowa’s pheasant season opens October 29. The DNR is optimistic about the season's success after five consecutive years of higher population surveys and hunter harvests. Nearly 60,000 hunters are expected to be in the field during the season.

Tight budgets aren’t slowing interest in cover crops


Depressed corn and soybean prices aren’t deterring Iowa farmers from planting cover crops this fall, says Sarah Carlson, Midwest cover crop director for Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI).

State Forest Nursery Offers "Fall Color" Seedling Packets


October kicks off another year of special seedling packets from the State Forest Nursery. The October packet features species with rich fall color and includes a bonus 50 seedlings.

USDA Offers Flood Impacted Iowa Farmers Disaster Assistance


The Iowa Farm Service Agency and its county offices offer access to federal farm program benefits that may help farmers impacted by recent heavy rains and flooding. Here is a listing of those programs in this story.

Growing more food, using fewer resources


Smart people from all over the world will gather in central Iowa this week during the World Food Prize celebration to discuss the best ways to feed the world’s growing population, while protecting the environment.

NRCS offers tips for minimizing post-harvest field ruts


More often than not, harvest will yield field ruts, especially after Iowa’s record-setting September rains. Be­­fore managing these ruts with tillage

The report card is in; water quality progress shows through


Iowa’s three-year-old Water Quality Initiative is off to a strong and very promising start. How do we know that? Simple: it’s the report card.

What Does the Paris Climate Agreement Hold in Store for the U.S., World?


Although the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Oct. 4 to ratify the Paris climate accord, actual carbon dioxide emission cuts will be easier said than done. Learn more in this Washington Post story. There are also links to other ag and climate change stories.

IFBF 2016 Annual Meeting will celebrate members’ dedication


The Iowa Farm Bureau’s (IFBF) 98th annual meeting, set for Dec. 6 and 7, will celebrate the achievements of county Farm Bureaus and the members of the grassroots organization.