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Bill refines solar rules with input from pork producers

March 28, 2020 - 6:45am
DES MOINES — One thing Iowa lawmakers got done before suspending the session amid the COVID-19 pandemic this month was to unanimously pass a compromise bill regarding solar energy.
Categories: Farm News

Solar companies invest in acres in the Midwest

March 28, 2020 - 6:45am
More and more rural electric cooperatives and individual farmers are turning to solar power as an energy alternative.
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Senate stimulus includes aid for ag

March 27, 2020 - 1:19pm
The $2 trillion stimulus aid legislation sent to President Donald Trump for signing March 27 includes several important provisions for agriculture.
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Survey shows slight decline in custom rates

March 27, 2020 - 8:45am
AMES, Iowa — Custom farming can provide an additional source of income for those with machinery and experience, or alleviate a farmer of a particular task that they do not wish to do on their own.
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Availability key to fall’s cover crop seed costs

March 27, 2020 - 7:00am
With much of the cover crop planted last fall just starting its spring growth, it’s too early to tell if cover crop seed availability will be an issue after this season, according to seed dealer Arvin Vos.
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Senate passes $2 trillion virus rescue plan

March 26, 2020 - 8:38am
Days of negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress — and fierce lobbying by industries eager for assistance dealing with the coronavirus outbreak — has yielded a rescue package worth more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks.
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Ag lenders monitor virus impact on interest rates

March 26, 2020 - 7:00am
Ag lenders and their farmer customers have been working to navigate the impact of the new coronavirus as the situation unfolds.
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Students launch grocery service during pandemic

March 25, 2020 - 4:35pm
TABOR, Iowa — Like high school students throughout the country, Chloe Johnson and Alex Perrin were shocked when they learned their school was going to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Iowa Realtors report steady market for land

March 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
Iowa farmland values inched upwards just the slightest bit in the past six months, rising by 0.1 %, according to a survey conducted by the state’s ag land realtors.
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Reduced inputs help cover crops make economic sense

March 25, 2020 - 2:04pm
Two things are for certain at every meeting about cover crops. First, researchers and experts will show the benefits of cover crops and no-tilling to prevent erosion and improve soil health. And then farmers will ask about the economics of…
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Coronavirus creates uncertainty about trade deal

March 25, 2020 - 1:30pm
AMES, Iowa — With planting season just weeks away, news of the coronavirus has farmers wondering what to expect in the marketplace and how it might impact the recently announced phase one trade deal with China.
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Farmers assess cover crops after tough 2019

March 25, 2020 - 6:45am
It’s a little too early to give a final report on how cover crops fared over the winter, said Dustin Paulson.
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Shelter-in-place order not affecting Illinois agriculture

March 23, 2020 - 3:20pm
Residents of Illinois have a shelter-in-place order, but agriculture is not staying home.
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Soybean pros share tips for boosting yield, profit

March 23, 2020 - 2:15pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As a crop advisor for nearly three decades, Brendan Marshall has moved with farmers from a time when soybean planting was a “controlled spill” to an era of precision planting.
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Think ahead for pesticide applicator protective equipment

March 23, 2020 - 12:30pm
When selecting a pesticide, make sure you read the label to ensure that you have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to mix, load and apply that product.
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Markets take heavy hit from COVID-19 but optimism remains

March 23, 2020 - 6:30am
Producers have grown accustomed to a slumped agricultural economy, but the onset of COVID-19 – or coronavirus – in the U.S., many producers are left wondering where they stand amongst the slumping global economy.
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Combining and COVID-19 make for unusual spring

March 21, 2020 - 6:00am
GARY, Minn. – For an extrovert like farmer Corey Hanson, practicing social distancing required some effort.
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DHS issues guidance on ag's 'critical' role

March 20, 2020 - 12:20pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the world grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security on March 19 provided new guidance recognizing the food and agriculture industries as critical infrastructure.
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Demand remains strong amid price volatility

March 20, 2020 - 9:52am
Roger Zylstra says there is only one word to describe the impact of COVID-19 on the ag community.
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Young producers still find way into ag with contracts as costs increase

March 20, 2020 - 7:00am
BREDA, Iowa — Aaron and Alyce Nieland were looking to diversify their farming operations, so nearly eight years ago, they secured a contract and built their first 2,400-head hog finisher.
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