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Packing capacity shows increase over past week

May 12, 2020 - 3:40pm
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.
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Iowa farmer calls effort on field trials time well spent

May 12, 2020 - 6:00am
Taking part in strip trials may take a little extra time, but the results are worth it, according to Bedford, Iowa, farmer Aimee Bissell.
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Corn and soybean planting considerations for 2020

May 12, 2020 - 1:00am
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.
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Mild winter favors bean leaf beetle survival

May 11, 2020 - 3:00pm
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.
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Pence visit to Iowa has surreal tone

May 11, 2020 - 8:16am
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Mike Pence’s May 8 visit to Iowa had a surreal feel to it.
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Century Farm: Iowa farm family weathers changes over 100 years

May 11, 2020 - 7:00am
Editor’s note: The following is part of a series about family farm experiences from the 1920s.
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Three farmers react to changing ag markets

May 10, 2020 - 9:00am
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.
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COVID crunch: Virus pushes beef farm from expansion to survival mode

May 10, 2020 - 9:00am
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.
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New normal: Rural towns feel virus impact, show strength

May 9, 2020 - 9:00am
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.
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Farmers markets cope with virus in creative ways

May 8, 2020 - 1:00pm
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.
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Markets make switch from gathering place to drive-thru

May 8, 2020 - 1:00pm
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.
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‘More to be done’ for farmer aid, senator says

May 8, 2020 - 9:00am
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.
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Blame for COVID-19 raises concerns for trade

May 8, 2020 - 6:15am
Trade suddenly joined the coronavirus as a major concern for the grain markets in recent days.
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Livestock Loss: Packers will struggle to regain levels, economist says

May 7, 2020 - 11:00am
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.
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Pork producers face tough choice on euthanization

May 7, 2020 - 11:00am
Mike Paustian says the thought of euthanizing healthy pigs contradicts everything pork producers believe.
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Cattle producers consider cost, value of gain

May 7, 2020 - 8:00am
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…
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Choose safety: As states open, take steps to protect each other

May 6, 2020 - 12:15pm
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.
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Livestock show moves to virtual world

May 5, 2020 - 1:00am
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…
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Safe handling of treated seed starts with gloves

May 4, 2020 - 4:00pm
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.
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Dairy producers should plan for lower demand

May 4, 2020 - 12:00pm
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.
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