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Tag Archives: Iowa

BIRD FLU

About 5.3 million laying hens in northwest Iowa will be destroyed after tests confirmed a second outbreak of avian influenza in the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.  State officials say the impacted farm accounts for nearly 10% of Iowa’s egg production.

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CROP INSURANCE

For the 2014 crop year, corn indemnities have totaled $3.7 billion, much of which has gone to just two states: Iowa ($1.1 billion) and Minnesota ($1 billion). Illinois’ total was just $143 million.

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IOWA FARMLAND

An acre of high-quality cropland in Iowa lost $1,737 in value – a 15% decrease – in the past year and a half, according to data from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute. The institute says high-quality cropland was worth an average $9,924 in March, compared to $11,661 in September 2013, when the skid began.

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IOWA SUMMIT

Nine GOP presidential hopefuls were asked a number of agricultural related questions at the first Iowa Ag Summit on Saturday. Each potential candidate was asked specifically where they stand on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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MORATORIUM PROPOSED

Dickinson County in northwest Iowa, by asking for a temporary moratorium on new, large-scale livestock farms, “could become the next battleground” over massive feedlots, says the Des Moines Register. Tourism is an economic driver in the county, home to large lakes lined by resort homes. The county says a surge in large livestock farms threatens… read more

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IOWA AND ETHANOL

Renewable-fuels advocates are promising to spend millions putting ethanol back in the debate for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus next year as cheap oil and setbacks in biofuels policy make the additive less central to voters.

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NITRATE LAWSUIT

 The Des Moines Water Works trustees are expected to vote today to sue three farming counties in northwestern Iowa for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River, one of two watersheds tapped for drinking water in Iowa’s capital city.  

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HARVEST OF CHANGE

The Des Moines Register is publishing an online series this week on the changes impacting Iowa agriculture.  It’s a multi-media project.  Check it out: www.desmoinesregister.com.

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RENEWABLE FUELS

Iowa’s support for renewable fuels has been officially confirmed: 77 percent of registered voters surveyed said they support expanding the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply.

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WHY THE SPREAD

Why are Iowa farmland values higher than Illinois?  The easy answer is demand for land for disposal of hog manure has kept top IA prices at $19,000, and central IL values are topping at $12,000.

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