94 percent of Americans believe that their food is safe to grill
Cargill’s Feed4Thought Survey finds that 94 percent of the country believes the meat they buy for their grills is safe
House of Representatives continued its debate on the Farm Bill
Hardline conservative House members says the SNAP changes aren’t strict enough and the bill is too generous to farmers, especially the larger farmers.
Controlled environment agriculture is growing rapidly
Controlled environment agriculture, a technology-based approach toward food production to use optimal growing conditions, often indoors
Motor vehicle accidents top the list for claims
A statement from Nationwide Insurance says that accidents, workers compensation and misapplication of chemicals or drift issues, have accounted for more than 50,000 claims
Weekly Iowa Weather Update, Week ending May 13, 2018
Iowa saw a strong gradient from north to south in both temperature and precipitation during the week.
Iowa farmers were held to 3.8 days of fieldwork this week
Iowa growers have planted 65 percent of the expected corn crop and 33 percent of the expected soybean crop in the ground.
Senators Want Answers on RFS Waiver to CVR
A group of senators is seeking more information regarding an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard sent to CVR Energy
Almost 31 million acres of farmland lost
An American Farmland Trust spokesperson says action is needed now “because the lost farmland is irretrievable.”
Man posing as a veterinarian admits taking $4.7 million
A man posing as a veterinarian admits to taking part in a $4.7 million investment fraud
Interest rates on most types of farm loans move higher
Following a period of historically-low rates, interest rates increased most significantly on loans used to finance operating expenses.
Weekly Iowa Weather Summary, April 29, 2018
A dry week with only slightly below-normal temperatures allowed many to get into the fields.
Iowa farmers made the most of the 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork
Corn and soybeans were planted in addition to soil preparation and fertilizer application for the week ending April 29, 2018
Still Time to Participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture
NASS is asking U.S. producers who have not returned their completed Census questionnaires to please do so as soon as possible
Farm State Senators Worry About Trade During Hearing
Farm-state senators spoke-up to impress on the Trump administration just how sensitive commodity markets are to trade actions.
Trump Says NAFTA Talks Are “Doing Nicely”
President Donald Trump says this week that the North American Free Trade Agreement talks are “moving along nicely.”
USDA Website Promotes Rural Development Best Practices
An interactive feature allows webpage visitors to submit comments on ways USDA can improve the Rural Development program delivery.
Report Highlights Damage from Chinese Retaliation
The report shows that many American commodities will be hit hard, including U.S. wine, almonds, walnuts, pork, cherry, and several other commodities.
Minnesota Struggling with Faulty Seeds
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has recently encountered a lot of issues with seed sold in the state.
Conaway Hopeful House Will Consider Farm Bill in May
House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway is hopeful the U.S. House will consider the 2018 farm bill next month
Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Bill Introduced
Legislation will provide farmers with critical support and resources to respond to the difficult economic times.