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USDA enhances insurance programs

Iowa Farmer Today - April 29, 2019 - 1:00am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency recently created several enhancements to insurance programs that will provide a more efficient level of coverage for livestock and dairy producers. The program improvements to the Dairy Revenue Protection, and the Livestock…
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Some ag terms aren’t ‘sustainable’

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 11:00am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It’s a simple question: What do you call someone who raises pigs to produce pork?
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What’s in a label? Certain food claims carry the weight of certification

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 8:45am
Not all labels carry the same weight.
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‘Meat’ label presents challenge in new food landscape

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 8:45am
Livestock producers are asking for a level playing field when it comes to labeling cell- or plant-based “meat” products.
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‘The Farm Babe’ blogger speaks out about food industry myths

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 8:30am
MONONA, Iowa — After she moved to Iowa, Michelle Miller learned she had been lied to.
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Organic leaders hope more labels can fix industry issue

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 8:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some organic food advocates see a schism between different groups within the industry over what should be labeled as certified organic food. Others believe the term organic is experiencing a “hostile takeover.”
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Farmer uses social media, blogging to talk about agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 6:30am
VANDALIA, Mo. — Ralls County farmer Kylie Epperson enjoys different parts of the family farm experience. She and her husband, Jordan, have a diversified farm in northeast Missouri, and work with his family as well.
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Illinois blogger spreads the word about farm moments

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2019 - 6:30am
Katie Pratt had low expectations for her farm blog debut.
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Certain pesticides now require respirator fit tests, training

Iowa Farmer Today - April 26, 2019 - 8:00am
Under the Worker Protection Standard as revised in 2015, there are specific requirements for handlers when pesticide labels require the use of a respirator.
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Program offers in-the-field training for women in ag

Iowa Farmer Today - April 26, 2019 - 5:30am
CLARION, Iowa — Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist, started Agronomy in the Field in 2015 when women expressed an interest in learning more about agronomic practices and scouting techniques.
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School revives honor society to guide students to ag careers

Iowa Farmer Today - April 25, 2019 - 3:30pm
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Lindsey McKinzie’s ag journey has barely begun. But she has already come a long way.
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Debate heats up over economic impact of NAFTA deal

Iowa Farmer Today - April 25, 2019 - 8:10am
The Trump administration’s deal to replace NAFTA will boost the U.S. economy by 0.35 percent and lead to 176,000 new jobs in the sixth year after implementation, according to an analysis by an independent government panel that offered ammunition for…
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Management helps get the most out of spring grazing

Iowa Farmer Today - April 25, 2019 - 6:15am
After an extreme forage shortage last year and over the winter, green and growing pastures are a welcome sight for livestock producers.
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Tips help with delayed anhydrous application

Iowa Farmer Today - April 24, 2019 - 5:15pm
It was a late harvest in fall 2018. Soils were wet and frozen when it was time to apply anhydrous ammonia. Those situations resulted in much less than normal anhydrous ammonia application last fall. Therefore, considerable anhydrous ammonia needs to…
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Don’t delay planting to apply nitrogen: Extension specialist

Iowa Farmer Today - April 24, 2019 - 4:30pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Most years, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist Peter Scharf thinks that split application of nitrogen for corn is a fine practice.
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Labels not a limit in livestock industry: Grandin

Iowa Farmer Today - April 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
NORMAL, Ill. — Some of the best inventions and ideas come from those who think differently. Temple Grandin, often recognized as one of the world’s highest achieving adults with autism, says that the labels applied to students with different learning…
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All the pigs in Europe can’t make up for China’s hog apocalypse

Iowa Farmer Today - April 24, 2019 - 9:30am
(Bloomberg News) — Zhao Baojiang’s fastidiousness about infection control, combined with a towering brick wall protecting his property, probably helped save his 500-hog herd from the deadly contagion that’s ravaged pig farms across China since August. Empty barns around his…
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USDA updates scrapie standards for sheep and goats

Iowa Farmer Today - April 23, 2019 - 6:30am
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is updating its scrapie regulations and program standards. The updates include several major changes which are needed to continue the fight to eradicate scrapie from American sheep flocks and goat herds, according…
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Prospects for swine feed costs in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - April 23, 2019 - 6:00am
The USDA-NASS Prospective Plantings report indicated that corn planted for all purposes was estimated at 92.8 million acres, up 4% from last year. Soybean planted acres were estimated at 84.6 million acres, down 5% from last year.
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Iowa field hearing a chance for senators to learn

Iowa Farmer Today - April 22, 2019 - 1:57pm
GLENWOOD, Iowa — They came to listen and to learn.
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