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Hummus boom drives farmers in Canada to sow bumper chickpea crop

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2018 - 10:17am
The rising appetite for hummus is driving Canada’s farmers to plant the biggest chickpea crop in 11 years.
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Brazil farm exports suffer as strike holds up soybean shipments

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2018 - 7:02am
An eight-day-old strike by Brazilian truck drivers is beginning to affect global commodity markets as soybean traders delay shipments and the country’s vast sugar industry shuts down more of its processing plants.
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Bottom line varies for summer creep feeding

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2018 - 10:37am
Creep feeding must be carefully appraised in view of economics of cost of gain, potential market and the influence on sale price of the calves.
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Program helps pork producers replace trees

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2018 - 10:19am
When pork producers put up new structures, they often change the landscape. The Illinois Pork Producers Association is among organizations willing to help restore some scenery.
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Missouri to pay off biodiesel program

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2018 - 9:00am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced May 17 that the state is paying off the remaining money owed to Missouri biodiesel producers as part of the Biodiesel Qualified Producer Incentive Fund program.
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Planting can be prime time to capture prices

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Jessica Groskopf, University of Nebraska Extension educator for agricultural economics, for the university’s Crop Watch website.
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Cash rents up slightly in Iowa for 2018: ISU

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2018 - 8:30am
Rental rates for Iowa farmland increased for the first time since 2013, according to the results of the Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2018 Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension.
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Watershed project leaders see bump in cover crop use, interest

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2018 - 7:00am
Watching a new project come together is pretty exciting, says Lee Gravel.
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Exports key to 2018-19 corn and soybean market positives

Iowa Farmer Today - May 25, 2018 - 8:23am
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA released the first projections for U.S. corn and soybean supply and demand in the 2018-19 marketing year on May 10. Forecasts for both crops indicate lower ending stocks next marketing year with a substantial decrease…
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Grass-fed beef creates a new family legacy

Iowa Farmer Today - May 25, 2018 - 6:30am
PALESTINE, Ill. — John Shaw’s heart surgery didn’t just change him, it changed his farm.
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CoBank: Ag mega-mergers alter landscape for retailers

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2018 - 11:45am
Three market-influencing mergers are reshaping the crop protection and seed industry, and that transformation has important implications for the farm supply sector, according to a recent report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division.
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Revolt over immigration sinks farm bill

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2018 - 10:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — House Republican leaders suffered a setback May 18 when conservatives scuttled an ambitious farm bill.
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Drought tops Missouri farmers’ questions

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2018 - 8:16am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension agronomist talk was calm on the weekly teleconference. Few problems were discussed on bugs, weeds, fungus or other pests. But reports from across Missouri told of farmers’ concerns about lack of rain.
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Farm bill debate addresses CRP

Iowa Farmer Today - May 24, 2018 - 8:00am
There are a number of questions surrounding the 2018 farm bill, not the least of which is whether there will be a 2018 farm bill. But one of the many items of interest to farmers is the structure of the…
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Groups seek solution for low milk prices

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2018 - 9:00am
With milk prices low and some dairy companies telling farmers they’ll no longer take their milk, producers are scrambling for a solution that will turn the dairy industry around.
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Water priority for commodity groups sees legislative action

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2018 - 7:40am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Water quality has been a key issue for commodity groups in recent years, and those efforts led to new legislation by the Missouri General Assembly during this spring’s session.
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Trump's move on Chinese tariffs prompts hope and despair

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2018 - 7:04am
President Donald Trump’s trade truce with China was met with a mixed bag of reactions, from farm country breathing a small sigh of relief to China hawks in Congress sounding alarms.
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St. Louis Fed: Farm income continues to decline

Iowa Farmer Today - May 21, 2018 - 9:00am
ST. LOUIS — For the first quarter of 2018, farm income continued to decline for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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U.S.-China trade truce may not last as differences remain

Iowa Farmer Today - May 21, 2018 - 7:12am
The U.S. and China declared a truce in their trade dispute over the weekend, but that will prove temporary if the world’s two largest economies fail to deliver on their vague commitments to re-balance trade.
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