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Temporary waiver issued for pesticide  applicator renewals


The deadline for pesticide ap­­plicators to renew their certifications has been waived by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Deadline for Pesticide Applicator Renewal Certification Waived Until December 31


Iowans who had pesticide applicator certification through December 31, 2019 have had their status extended through the end of 2020. Learn more here.

Iowa Industrial Hemp Program Approved


Iowa's industrial hemp program has been approved by the USDA and farmers can start applying April 1 for a license to grow it. Hemp seed dealers or retailers must also apply for a permit. Learn more in this story.

USDA Service Center Offices Open by Appointment Only


Due to coronavirus concerns, USDA Service Centers are currently open for business by phone appointment only. Also, some Service Centers are not currently available to serve customers on location. Please call ahead before visiting a local office.

Brazil farmers dispel myths  on environment


For farmers in Brazil, like their counterparts in the United States, it requires constant effort to dispel misconceptions about agriculture’s effect on the environment.

Governor signs bill closing gap on school transportation funding


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds last week signed into law Senate File 2164, which includes $26.3 million dollars for the Transportation Equity Fund, an increase of $7.3 million over last year.

New conservation option for prairie pothole region of north central Iowa


Farmers in north central Iowa’s Prairie Pothole region were offered a new conservation option last week when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot program.

Stick to science in atrazine review, FB says


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) last week asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carefully consider high-quality scientific evidence as it develops an interim reregistration decision for the use of atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides and a key tool in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

IFBF Comments on EPA's Proposed Interim Decision for Atrazine


The IFBF supports the agency’s recommendation for an ecological level of concern of 15 parts per billion (ppb), correcting a 2016 ecological risk assessment recommendation that would have effectively eliminated the use of the corn herbicide on Iowa corn acres. Yet, there still is concern that the continued inclusion of some faulty science studies – and the disregarding of several high-quality studies - might result in EPA being forced to lower use rates in the future to a level that would render the product virtually useless. Learn more in these comments about how this opens the door to future regulatory uncertainly for Iowa farmers, and how you can still comment to EPA by Monday, March 2. .

The right way to regulate


The new rule will work to protect America’s waters because it is clear, easy to understand and easy to follow.