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FFA president sees organization growing amid ag industry challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - December 16, 2019 - 6:45am
Koleson McCoy is national president of FFA for 2019-20. McCoy, 19, is a native of Springfield, Ohio, and is a student at Ohio State University. He took over as president at the FFA national convention on Nov. 2.
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Don’t rely on luck to get through next emergency

Iowa Farmer Today - December 16, 2019 - 6:00am
If you want an inspirational quote, the topic of preparedness provides lots of options.
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Stability continues for district farmland

Iowa Farmer Today - December 16, 2019 - 4:45am
In the third quarter of 2019, farmland values for the Seventh Federal Reserve District were down 1% from a year ago, despite signs of strength in some areas.
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Robot installations expand in scope

Iowa Farmer Today - December 16, 2019 - 1:00am
Installations of robotic-milking systems remain strong. And the systems are growing bigger, says Doug Reinemann, a professor in biological-systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A few years ago he would see farms installing two robots; now some large farms…
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Missouri beef sales business starts with cull cows

Iowa Farmer Today - December 14, 2019 - 7:00am
BUTLER, Mo. — BF Beef started as an outlet to capture more value for cull heifers. More than 10 years later, Brett and Libby Foster are focused on becoming the leading freezer beef supplier in west central Missouri.
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Farmers need ‘awareness’ of contract terms

Iowa Farmer Today - December 14, 2019 - 7:00am
When it comes to contracts, the devil is often in the detail. That is the case whether the contract is for grain or livestock production, or for a wind or solar farm.
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Farmers eye opportunities for commercial solar farms

Iowa Farmer Today - December 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Economic return two or three times that of corn or beans. Guaranteed income for decades. No work required.
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Slowing down may cut down farmer health risks

Iowa Farmer Today - December 13, 2019 - 12:30pm
A slips, trips and falls training video from human resources isn’t going to be enough to show farmers how many inherent dangers come with their job.
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Careful drying can increase test weights

Iowa Farmer Today - December 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Test weight is easily measured but is not easily understood: It’s a complex characteristic, affected by kernel shape, kernel density and the slipperiness of seedcoats, which affects how well kernels slide past one another. These are all affected both by…
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Soybeans provide high yields in Iowa trials

Iowa Farmer Today - December 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Across Iowa, many farmers were pleased with soybean yields coming in higher than expected.
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Producer focus moves to winter pasture care

Iowa Farmer Today - December 13, 2019 - 7:00am
New grass may be a few months away, but there are a few things producers can do to make sure pastures start out 2020 in good shape.
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Farmers bring ideas to climate conference

Iowa Farmer Today - December 12, 2019 - 3:00pm
DES MOINES — While climate change has often been a political hot potato, there are farmers who are trying to bring the discussion about agriculture and climate back into the non-political realm.
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Some fields too wet or too dry for 2019 trials

Iowa Farmer Today - December 12, 2019 - 2:54pm
URBANA, Ill. — As always, the University of Illinois Soybean Variety Testing program will provide valuable information for farmers to make seed decisions. But this year the challenging weather conditions forced researchers to eliminate results from some sites where stands…
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Trump signs off on China deal to avert tariffs

Iowa Farmer Today - December 12, 2019 - 2:50pm
Updated at 4:05 p.m. Dec. 12.
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Weather, herbicide damage impact trials

Iowa Farmer Today - December 12, 2019 - 6:45am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The wet spring made for a tough year for the University of Missouri soybean variety testing program, as did weather challenges throughout the season and concerns about herbicide drift.
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Big pig herd keeps U.S. farmers from cashing in

Iowa Farmer Today - December 11, 2019 - 2:12pm
The biggest U.S. hog herd since World War II is keeping live-animal prices muted even as a record number of pigs are being slaughtered to meet booming global demand.
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Farmers gather info in Peoria on equipment, weather trends

Iowa Farmer Today - December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
PEORIA, Ill. — Attendance seemed a little lower than usual on the first day of the Greater Peoria Farm Show, kicking off the show season on Dec. 3. Some said it was the good weather — with some farmers still…
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Profits, stewardship the focus at organic conference

Iowa Farmer Today - December 11, 2019 - 12:45pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Premiums and sustainability topped the discussions at the 2019 Iowa Organic Conference.
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Perdue sees China spared new Dec. 15 duties

Iowa Farmer Today - December 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
The U.S. is unlikely to impose extra tariffs on a new $160 billion swath of Chinese goods including toys and smartphones come Sunday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
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House Democrats plan USMCA vote

Iowa Farmer Today - December 10, 2019 - 10:58am
House Democrats plan a vote next week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members, saying the deal was changed to meet her demands.
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