Agriculture

Wed
25
Jun

Farmers encouraged to update information on Iowa Hay and Straw Directory

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages Iowa hay and straw producers to register or update their listing on the Iowa Hay and Straw Directory. The directory lists Iowa producers with hay and straw for sale, as well as organizations and businesses associated with promoting and marketing quality hay and straw.
“The directory has been a great tool for both buyers and sellers and we hope farmers will take the time to review and update their information so that it remains a valuable resource,” Northey said.  “This directory can serve as a critical link for those producing hay and those looking to buy, so we encourage Iowans to take advantage of this free directory.”
 The listing is available to interested buyers throughout the nation, however only sellers from within Iowa can be included on the list.

Wed
25
Jun

Farming and your freedom: Don’t know which farm program to use? USDA will help

Every farmer knows the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) harbors a giant number of farm programs under its wide Farm Bill umbrella. How to figure out which ones are best for you and your farm?
It seems the Agricultural Act of 2014 (ye olde farm bill) makes available $6 million in funds for what the agency calls “educational outreach” for farmers to analyze the various programs later this summer. Half the money goes to Texas A&M University to produces online tools to aid farmers in deciding which program is best for their farm. The other half will go to state extension services to begin holding educational meetings in farm country this summer.
According to Agriculture Online these meetings will be the beginning of when farmers decide whether to sign up for Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), which is based on either county-level or farm-level revenue (Price Loss Coverage), with payments tied to fixed reference prices.

Wed
25
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

The Allamakee County Committee meeting will be held July 17 at 9 a.m.

Wed
18
Jun

June is Dairy Month: Dairy industry has large economic impact locally

June is dairy month and the dairy industry has a big economic impact in Iowa and, more specifically, Allamakee County. According to the 2012 Iowa State University Economic Review, Iowa’s dairy industry is the fifth largest sector of Iowa agriculture.  While herd size and location within the state have shifted substantially over time, the positive economic impact of this industry has remained valuable.

Wed
18
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allmamakee County Executive Director

Wed
11
Jun

Annual ISU Research Farm Field Day June 24, Nashua

Iowa State University Extension Specialists emphasize crop production issues in a late start to the season during the Annual Spring Field Day, scheduled to be held Tuesday, June 24 at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.
The program runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and will feature five speakers. Ken Pecinovsky, ISU Research Farm Superintendent, will briefly review 2014 seasonal weather and research on the farm. Mike Owen, Weed Management Specialist, will comment on herbicide research at the farm and product choices for corn and soybeans. Mark Hanna, Ag Engineer, will explain recent research conducted at ISU to save energy costs with proper farm equipment adjustments. Mark Licht, Cropping Systems Agronomist, will discuss current corn and soybean production issues in 2014. Erin Hodgson, Entomologist, will cover timely insect pest management tactics for the remainder of this season.

Wed
11
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County FSA Executive Director

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