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Pork processors may be slowly increasing production, but it will take several months for packing capacity to reach anywhere close to pre-COVID 19 levels.
Taking part in strip trials may take a little extra time, but the results are worth it, according to Bedford, Iowa, farmer Aimee Bissell.
Editor’s note: The following was written by Jenny Rees, Megan Taylor and Roger Elmore with University of Nebraska Extension and Jim Specht, a University of Nebraska emeritus professor of agronomy, for the university’s Crop Watch website.
Editor’s note: The following was written by Erin Hodgson, Iowa State University associate professor, and Ashley Dean, Extension program specialist for field crop entomology, for the university’s Integrated Crop Management News website.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Mike Pence’s May 8 visit to Iowa had a surreal feel to it.
Editor’s note: The following is part of a series about family farm experiences from the 1920s.
In trying to eke out a profit or at least minimize losses amid the upheaval of the COVID 19 pandemic, several central Illinois farmers are banking on the strengths they have built into their operations.
A thriving, sixth-generation beef and grain farm finds itself suddenly thrust into survival mode this spring as COVID-19 cases at processing plants slammed the doors shut on its market.
BROOKFIELD, Mo. — Becky Cleveland remembers when the novel coronavirus showed up in her community, no longer something in distant cities on the news but something that was affecting people she knew and altering day-to-day life.
For many, the opening of outdoor farmers markets is the true harbinger of spring. But in the midst of a pandemic, spring has a different look.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Like many farmers markets, the Downtown Bloomington Association's farmers market is a social gathering place on summer Saturday mornings. But the picture here will be very different May 9 when the market opens for the season.
More Congressional aid for farmers is possible in the next round of legislation in response to the COVID-19 situation, according to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee.
Trade suddenly joined the coronavirus as a major concern for the grain markets in recent days.
Continued volatility in the livestock industry makes it difficult to predict the future, but one thing is certain: Livestock producers are in a tough place at the moment.
Mike Paustian says the thought of euthanizing healthy pigs contradicts everything pork producers believe.
Cattle producers and feedlots continue to try to navigate challenging economic conditions. Elliott Dennis, ag economist with the University of Nebraska, says fat cattle are having trouble finding a market at a decent price, which means producers should consider cost…
It’s April 29. As I write this, Iowa reports 6,800 confirmed COVID cases, including over 140 deaths (the highest single day fatality count reported today), 23 long-term care facility outbreaks, multiple plant closures and rapid-spread case clusters across the state.
HARTFORD, Wis. – Normally Allison Loosen would be on the road this time of year participating in livestock shows but COVID-19 has put that on hold. So she decided to do something about it. She launched a nationwide virtual livestock…
Editor’s note: The following was written by Megan Taylor, Aaron Nygren, Nathan Mueller and Jenny Rees, University of Nebraska Extension educators, for the university’s Crop Watch website.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dairy farmers may need a plan to offset production costs as demand for milk products drops due to COVID-19, say dairy specialist Stacey Hamilton and veterinarian Scott Poock of University of Missouri Extension.