Agriculture

Wed
06
Jun

Iowa leaders celebrate fifth anniversary of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy


Mike Naig ... Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig speaking at the event. Submitted photo.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrient loss from both point sources (such as municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants) and nonpoint sources (stormwater runoff from both urban and agricultural landscapes) in Iowa.

The Strategy was finalized May 29, 2013, and in the five years since there has been significant work by farmers, landowners, communities, businesses, stakeholders and partners to help improve water quality in Iowa.

Wed
30
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• May 31: Final Planting Date for Corn
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• June 15: Final Planting Date for Soybeans
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

County Office Committees
County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs. They make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, emergency/disaster programs, employing County Executive Directors and other significant agricultural issues with the USDA.

Wed
30
May

Naig: Cost share available for water quality practices

Assistance available for farmers and landowners trying cover crops, no-till/strip till or nitrification inhibitor
 
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today the 2018 sign-up period is open for statewide cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.

“This program has been very popular with farmers interested in adding water quality focused practices on their farm. We continue to see farmers and landowners taking on the challenge of improving water quality and this is a great way for them to get started with a new practice,” Naig said.

Wed
23
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15-August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• May 31: Final Planting Date for Corn
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• June 15: Final Planting Date for Soybeans
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Secretary Perdue Names FSA Administrator
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Richard Fordyce to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). In his role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of over 2,100 county and 50 state offices.

Wed
16
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Wed
16
May

Naig reminds farmers, apiarists to update information on Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encourages eligible farmers and apiarists to register or re-save their data in the Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory for the 2018 growing season. Two new mobile apps have been released to make it easier for members to access and input data.

“Iowa partnered with FieldWatch just last year to update and improve our state’s Sensitive Crop Directory and have been pleased by the positive response from applicators as well as specialty crop farmers and beekeepers. Hopefully these new apps will make the directory even more user friendly for everyone,” Naig said.

The FieldCheck app is designed to give applicators more functionality from their mobile device and while in the field.

Wed
16
May

Century and Heritage Farm deadline June 1

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today reminded eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2018 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1, 2018. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“I want to encourage families that have a farm that would qualify for a Century or Heritage Farm award to submit their application by June 1,” Naig said. “We are already looking forward to the State Fair in August and the opportunity to celebrate with these families and highlight the deep history and strong heritage of agriculture in our state.”

Farm families with a century or heritage farm must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1, 2018 to qualify for recognition at the Iowa State Fair this year.

Wed
09
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

May Facility Loan Interest Rates
The interest rates for May are as follows:
• 2.500% for 3 years
• 2.625% for 5 years
• 2.750% for 7 years
• 2.875% for 10 years
• 2.875% for 12 years
• 2.875% for 15 years

The interest rate for crop year commodity loans disbursed during May is 3.125%.

Wed
09
May

Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference scheduled for June 13-14

The 2018 Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is fast approaching June 13 and 14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Alltech’s June 13 pre-conference symposium will focus on how herds can achieve their genetic potential.

Four State conference speakers include ways to improve prediction of metabolizable protein. Ev Thomas, retired Miner Institute Agronomist, will talk on low lignin forages. Jim Barmore, GPS consultant, and Brian Forrest, Maple Ridge Dairy, will discuss how farms are achieving high production using low lignin forages.

Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how herds are achieving high production with more forages. John Goeser, Rock River labs will help make sense of all the fiber digestion metrics. Michigan State Universities Adam Lock will talk how different fatty acids affect cow performance.

Select breakout topics include:

Wed
09
May

Naig encourages livestock farmers to make sure all premises information is up to date

During May letters will be sent farmers in Poweshiek through Wright Counties who had previously registered a premises

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that during May the final round of letters will be sent to farmers who have previously registered a livestock premises in an effort to update the Iowa Premises Registration database. All information in the database is confidential and only used to contact producers in case of an animal disease outbreak.

Farmers are asked to respond to the letter and either confirm the information is correct or respond with their updated information. Letters will be sent to producers in Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth and Wright counties this month.

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