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Governor Branstad signs Harvest Weight proclamation

9/20/2016

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation takes effect tomorrow, September 20, 2016, and expires after 60 days.

Tight margins continue to pressure Iowa farmland values

9/19/2016

Low commodity prices and the lack of margins for farmers continued to put downward pressure on the value of Iowa farmland over the past 12 months

Bayer-Monsanto deal raises more concentration concerns

9/19/2016

After Monsanto agreed to merge with Germany’s Bayer last week, U.S. farm organizations and ag state lawmakers re-emphasized the need for federal anti-trust agencies to examine competition in the entire seed genetics and ag chemical industries before approving any of a growing list of proposed mergers.

FB offers to pay costs to defend against DMWW lawsuit

9/12/2016

The Iowa Farm Bureau Fed­eration (IFBF), along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), last week offered to underwrite the legal costs for the defense of the drainage districts in northwest Iowa who are targeted in a lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) in case the lawsuit goes to trial.

Ag Briefs - September 14, 2016

9/12/2016

Bayer last week said talks with Monsanto have advanced and the German company upped its offer to more than $65 billion, a 2 percent increase on its previous offer for the world’s largest seeds company.

Work by farmers and landowners transforms western Iowa lake into a premier fishing spot

9/12/2016

There are many ways to measure the success of Black Hawk Lake restoration efforts, but perhaps the most visible occurred this summer when the 922-acre lake was filled with boatloads of South Dakotans casting for walleye.

Farm Bureau PAC names Friends of Ag for 2016 elections

9/6/2016

Guided by statewide grassroots input, the Iowa (IFBF) Political Action committee (PAC) has made “Friend of Agriculture” de­­signations for the 2016 general election on Nov. 8.

Farmers cutting costs in face of margin squeeze

9/6/2016

Farmers are continuing to trim production expenses in response to a third straight year of falling farm income, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week in its farm income forecast.

Companies launch Ag Tech Accelerator

9/6/2016

Four leading agriculture companies are investing $100,000 each to support a new Ag Tech Accelerator designed to establish central Iowa’s reputation as a global leader in cutting-edge agriculture technology and entrepreneurial activity.

Optimism and persistence on display at show

9/6/2016

I got away to spend a little time at the Farm Progress Show last week and was glad I did.

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