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New rural leader puts focus on infrastructure

Iowa Farmer Today - December 8, 2018 - 9:30am
DES MOINES — Grant Menke, 39, started as head of USDA Rural Development in early August. He succeeds Annette Sweeney, who was appointed in November 2017 and resigned in March to run for the state senate.
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Risk management tools, ideas for aging among topics at farm show

Iowa Farmer Today - December 8, 2018 - 9:00am
PEORIA, Ill. — About 20,000 farmers got a chance to see some of the changing products and practices in agriculture Nov. 27-29 at the Greater Peoria Farm Show, the big show of the winter season in Illinois.
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Missouri monitors dicamba damage

Iowa Farmer Today - December 8, 2018 - 7:00am
The use of dicamba products remains a hot topic for Missouri farmers, as well as government agencies and university employees. This was another year of dealing with drift damage from use of the dicamba herbicides, which experts say have been…
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Bacon is so hot that the world's top pork producer is expanding

Iowa Farmer Today - December 8, 2018 - 6:39am
America’s love affair with bacon is so strong that Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest hog producer, is building up its capacity to produce the meat.
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U.S. trade gap widens to 10-year high amid China tensions

Iowa Farmer Today - December 8, 2018 - 6:26am
The U.S. trade deficit widened more than forecast in October to the highest in a decade, underscoring continued fallout from the trade dispute with China. The goods trade gap with China widened to a record.
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Lawmakers question U.S. position on antibiotic use in livestock

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 4:56pm
A delegation of U.S. government officials is poised to begin meetings in South Korea next week to hash out international guidelines for countering the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals.
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Late harvest, disease issues pressure ICIA soybean yields

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 11:00am
There were some disease issues and wild weather throughout the soybean growing season, but Iowa Crop Improvement Association Executive Director Jim Rouse said the biggest pressure this year came on those harvesting the crop.
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China can save pigs from annihilation if it follows Russia

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 8:15am
For Chinese authorities struggling with the rapid spread of a disease that’s threatening to devastate the world’s largest pig industry, Russia’s No. 1 pork producer has the answer — get bigger and cleaner or get out.
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Trump is losing the trade war by one of his own metrics

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 7:34am
President Donald Trump is losing his war on the U.S. trade deficit and the evidence is growing that his own tariffs are at least part of the reason why.
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Skepticism grows in China over renewed U.S. soybean purchases

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 7:20am
There’s growing skepticism in the Chinese soybean industry that the U.S. trade truce will lead to a flurry of imports by commercial buyers.
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Farmers communicate to keep dicamba in toolbox

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Jeff Jorgenson, who farms in Sidney, Iowa, has been using headline-grabbing dicamba products to protect his soybeans from weeds, and he said he loves the way the herbicide has been working for him.
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Farmers balance recent high average yields with input ROI

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
NORMAL, Ill. — No matter the politics or prices, the drive for increasing yields remains ingrained in farmers.
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USDA plan to speed up slaughter line is challenged as flawed

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 3:20pm
A U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to overhaul how hog slaughterhouses are inspected and allow faster production lines relied on flawed data that played down dangers to workers, according to an academic report issued on Wednesday.
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`Tough' Canada crops cope with wild weather better than thought

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 3:15pm
Canada’s wheat crops held up to a scorching drought and snow deluge better than analysts expected.
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U.S. growers ‘out-produce’ usage in tough global market

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 12:30pm
Year after year, average yields have been increasing steadily for grain farmers. That constantly growing supply, combined with trade issues, have led to tough markets in 2018.
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Swine fever adds to China’s economic headaches

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 11:00am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese pig farmers, already reeling from rising feed costs in Beijing’s tariff fight with U.S. President Donald Trump, face a new blow from an outbreak of African swine fever that has sent an economic shock wave through…
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Ag groups welcome RFS news, but await exemption reform

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2018 - 7:00am
The response by agricultural leaders to last week’s federal EPA announcement regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard has been decidedly subdued.
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Soybean rally gives U.S. farmers pause on possible shift to corn

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2018 - 5:29pm
A soybean rally fueled by signs of easing U.S.-China trade tensions has added a wrinkle to the plans of some farmers to shift more acres to corn.
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Ag budget pushes disease prevention

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2018 - 1:51pm
DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig last week asked the governor and lawmakers to put an additional $250,000 into foreign animal disease prevention next fiscal year.
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U.S. says millions more pounds of ground beef may be tainted

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2018 - 7:23am
Before biting into that medium-rare burger, consumers are being advised to check when and where the beef was packed.
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