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Pork leader sees need for ‘boots on the ground’ engagement

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2019 - 6:30am
WEST DES MOINES — Bill Even may not know all his bosses, but he knows what they expect.“I look at my job as working for all the pork producers in the U.S.,” he says. “There are about 60,000, ranging from…
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Disease prevention keeps commodity head up at night

Iowa Farmer Today - July 6, 2019 - 6:15am
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Jennifer Houston usually sleeps well, but she is haunted by one fear.“People ask, ‘What is one thing that keeps you up at night?’ What keeps me up at night is international travel,” said Houston, president of the…
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Fake meat, trade take priority in Iowa Cattlemen’s work

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 4:16pm
With the growing popularity of meat alternatives, ranchers from across the country have expressed concerns with how lab-grown or plant-based “meat” would be labeled for consumers. As regulatory battles continue on the state and national levels, some believe the fight…
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Rains boost production, but limit windows to make hay

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
In spite of endless rains throughout the state this spring, hay production is showing strong potential.
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Pig farmers seek to streamline GMO pork

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 9:30am
Pork producers are stepping up their campaign to ease regulation of genetically engineered livestock following an executive order President Donald Trump issued earlier this month instructing federal agencies to speed up approval of new agricultural biotechnology.
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Spraying season moves with planting delay

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Independence Day usually marks the tail end of spraying season, but Nick Sawyer said this year may see farmers going much later.
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Study looks at pain relief for piglets from mother's milk

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 6:30am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — New findings by researchers at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine suggest potential pain relief for piglets by administering medicine through the act of nursing.
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Wet conditions may foster crop blight

Iowa Farmer Today - July 5, 2019 - 5:30am
PEORIA, Ill. — For many farmers, June was characterized with late planting and replant in rained-out areas. Now, the wet weather may call for more scouting for potential disease issues.
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Happy Independence Day to our readers!

Iowa Farmer Today - July 4, 2019 - 6:45am
Homes and barns in rural communities throughout the Midwest present patriotic displays.
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Millions of pigs culled as fever spreads through Asia

Iowa Farmer Today - July 3, 2019 - 10:03am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.
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Trump’s farm subsidies: How much is our state getting?

Iowa Farmer Today - July 3, 2019 - 8:00am
The government provided up to $12 billion to offset the impact of Chinese retaliatory tariffs. But the aid was distributed unevenly, and some agribusinesses got much more than individual farmers.
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How the Trump administration's 2018 trade aid package works

Iowa Farmer Today - July 3, 2019 - 8:00am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Trump administration's Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they've lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the…
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Loopholes around Trump trade aid limits

Iowa Farmer Today - July 3, 2019 - 8:00am
Critics say it's the latest example of how loopholes in federal farm subsidy programs allow large farms to collect far more than the supposed caps on that aid.
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Grassley expects to move on USMCA before recess

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2019 - 4:00pm
The process is taking time, but Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he still expects to see Congress approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) before lawmakers leave town for their annual August recess.
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Oil-state Republicans want USDA banished from biofuel waivers

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2019 - 2:07pm
A dozen Republican senators are insisting that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stop intervening in government decisions over granting oil refineries exemptions from biofuel-blending quotas, warning the White House that his involvement is potentially illegal.
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Secure Pork Plans prep producers for outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2019 - 6:15am
African swine fever and preparing for foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks is at the forefront of people’s minds. Let’s take a closer look at the critical steps in developing a personalized Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Plan with your state animal…
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Flooding unlikely to affect beetle populations

Iowa Farmer Today - July 1, 2019 - 6:00am
Invasive Japanese beetle adults have begun to emerge in central Missouri.
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Winter extremes contribute to 2019 flooding

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2019 - 7:00am
DES MOINES — The last year has clearly been one of extremes for farmers across Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
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Farmers, Corps often at odds on flood decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2019 - 6:45am
There has long been an uneasy relationship between some farmers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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