Agriculture

Wed
01
Nov

October Pork Month comes to a close, new pork facility highlights some industry advancements


Feeding system at new pork facility ... An interior view of the new pork facility on Gronna Drive in rural Waterville during the public tour and open house held earlier this year. Gated pens and the feeding system are shown in the climate-controlled facility that holds up to 2,499 pigs at a time, finishing out over 7,000 pigs annually. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

New pork facility begins operation ... A new pork facility on Gronna Drive in rural Waterville was open for public tours earlier this year and began operation in July with the arrival of pigs from Reicks View Farms. Pictured is the outside of the pork facility with visible bio-security measures including screening to keep birds out and rocks surrounding the facility to deter rodents from coming near the facility. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

The public tours pork facility ... The public was given a rare opportunity to tour a newly-built pork facility constructed this year on Gronna Drive in rural Waterville. Experts in the industry provided tours of the climate-controlled facility July 17 prior to the July 20 arrival of pigs from Reicks View Farms. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Pork Month has come to a close with the end of October and another year for the pork industry has almost come to a close for 2017. The pork industry has proven to be an integral part of the local agriculture-based economy in northeast Iowa. According to the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2017 data, the pork industry in Allamakee County represents 393 jobs with $21.9 million in labor income, producing $1.4 million in state and local taxes and $3.1 million in federal taxes. Countywide, pork accounts for $53.5 million in sales with the involvement of 49 farms hosting an inventory of 107,184 hogs.

Wed
01
Nov

Savings Incentive Program sets beginning farmers on right path, Apply by November 11

For beginning or aspiring farmers, a few thousand dollars in start-up cash, an experienced mentor and support network and a solid business plan can be the keys to a successful farm start-up.

Practical Farmers of Iowa offers all of these to participants in their two-year Savings Incentive Program. Applications for this competitive program only open once a year, and must be submitted by November 11 using the online form found at http://practicalfarmers.org/savings-incentive-program. Those admitted will begin the program in early 2018 and graduate in late 2019. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of Practical Farmers members using a scoring system that rewards a noticeable commitment to developing applicants’ independent farming goals.

Wed
01
Nov

Registration is Open for the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference will be held November 27-28 at the Iowa State Center - Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. Online registration is now available.

Monday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m., conference attendees have the opportunity to participate in one of the three Intensive Leadership Workshops offered. Dinner during the workshops is included in the cost of registration. The three-hour interactive sessions will give women practical leadership advice and tools as well as inspire women to lead successfully at all levels of experience.

Additional networking activities are also available Monday. Conference attendees can sign up to take a free campus tour from 3-5 p.m. and enjoy a hospitality room at the Best Western University Park Inn and Suites from 8:30-10 p.m.

Wed
25
Oct

What's up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 15: Acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018 need to be reported
• December 15: Sign up for, or opt out of, the 2018 Margin Protection Program

Fall Certification
The deadline to report acres of forage and pasture for 2018 is December 15, 2017. Late-file fees will be assessed for each farm not meeting the December 15 deadline. Make sure to get into the FSA office and certify any hay and pasture ground.

Wed
25
Oct

Myhre family farm recognized as a Century Farm


Myhre family farm recognized at Iowa State Fair ... Members of the Bonnie K. (Myhre) Williams family were present at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 17 to receive recognition of the family’s farm located near 236 Bear Creek Drive, Dorchester as a Century Farm. Pictured from left to right: Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Bonnie (Myhre) Williams, Bruce Williams in back with Mildred Myhre in wheelchair in front, Laurie (Myhre) Knoke, Farm Bureau President Craig Hill. Submitted photo.

The 200-acre Myhre farm on Bear Creek Drive in Waterloo Township, Allamakee County, Iowa (formerly owned by Owen and Mildred Myhre and now owned by their daughters Bonnie and Laurie) reached a landmark this year: Having continuously been in the same family for 100 years, it earned the distinction of being named a century farm. Mildred Myhre of Spring Grove, MN, Bonnie (Myhre) and Bruce Williams of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Laurie (Myhre) Knoke of DeKalb, IL, attended a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair August 17, 2017 where they received a “Century Farm” marker from the Farm Bureau and a certificate from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship designating the property as a “2017 Century Farm”.

Wed
18
Oct

What's up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 15: Acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018 need to be reported
• December 15: Sign up for, or opt out of, the Margin Protection Program

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Payments
We began issuing payments for the Conservation Reserve Program the first week of October, and will continue through mid-October. CRP payments begin with those contracted prior to 2008. Remember that these take a few days to be deposited into your account.

ACR/PLC Payments
We issued payments for the Agricultural Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage program, more commonly known as ARC/PLC. These went out the first week of October, Allamakee County did receive an ACR-Co payment of $1.30 per base acre of corn. However, no payments were received for soybeans.

Wed
18
Oct

Iowa State University STRIPS Team assesses tile systems under prairies


STRIPS Team assesses tile systems under prairies ... Tim Youngquist, an agricultural specialist and farmer liaison for Iowa State’s Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, known as STRIPS, is pictured above inspecting prairie growth.

An Iowa State University research project has found that prairies, known for an abundance of deep roots, don’t interfere with tile systems running under them.

Perforated tile are buried under cropland to remove excess water detrimental to crop production. Farmers and landowners considering installing strips of prairie plants in their fields have asked about the possibility of roots growing into tile lines, said Tim Youngquist, an agricultural specialist and farmer liaison for Iowa State’s Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, known as STRIPS.

Wed
18
Oct

Livestock farmers encouraged to make sure all premises are registered, information is up to date

Letters will be going out over the next year to farmers that have registered premises

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship encourages all Iowa livestock farmers to make sure that all locations where they have livestock have a premises identification number (PIN) and to make sure their information is up-to-date.

“Being able to quickly identify any and all premises during an animal disease outbreak is a vitally important step as we work to stop the spread of the disease,” said Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. “We do want to assure farmers that all the information in the premises ID database is completely confidential and protected under federal law and can only be used for animal health purposes.”

Wed
11
Oct

What's up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 15: Acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018 need to be reported

Margin Protection Program Sign-Up
Dairy producers can begin signing up for the 2018 Margin Protection Program. Sign-up runs through December 15. However, new this year, and for this year only, producers have the choice to opt-out of the program. If you choose to opt out, you will not need to pay the $100 fee. However, we ask that you stop in and write us a note indicating you are opting out. Please do that by December 15. 

Wed
04
Oct

What's up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• September 1 - December 15: 2018 Margin Protection Program Sign-Up
• October 9:  Office closed in observance of Columbus Day
• December 15: Acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018 need to be reported

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Payments
We will soon be issuing payments for the Conservation Reserve Program. CRP payments begin with those contracted prior to 2008. Barring no computer delays, those payments will begin being issued October 2. For CRP contracts that began after the 2008 Farm Bill, payments will be issued starting October 12. Remember that these take a few days to be deposited into your account.

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