Sales fraud in the horse industry

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Many people still believe that the old rule of “buyer beware” hold true for every transaction, including horse sales. But according to Julie Fershtman, who is considered to be one of the nation’s leading attorneys in the field of equine law, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, Fershtman says, buyers can have… Read more »

Top sorghum yield is 246 bushels per acre

The top yield in this year’s National Sorghum Producers’ Yield Contest was 246 bushels per acre. It was produced by Henson Land & Cattle of Texas in the conventional-till irrigated category. Other first place winners in each category are: Cody Sassmann of Missouri in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 207.98 bushels per… Read more »

Iowa Soybean CEO celebrates 25 years

As the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, its CEO was recognized for being there for half of it. Kirk Leeds celebrated his 25 years of service at the ISA 50th Anniversary Symposium and Banquet on Wednesday in Des Moines. “I am humbled by the recognition and I have appreciated the opportunity… Read more »

Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t… Read more »

‘Urban Ag’ is focus of new Nebraska program

A new Urban Agricultural Education program is being launched in the Omaha area. It’s a joint effort between University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the Omaha Home for Boys. Officials say the program will provide hands-on learning in local food production and help aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their… Read more »

Nebraska adds another ‘Livestock Friendly’ county

Another Nebraska County is “Livestock Friendly”. Saunders County is the latest to receive that designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. With the addition of Saunders County, there are now 29 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program. To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public… Read more »

Vilsack won’t pursue second beef checkoff

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is scrapping his proposal to create a second beef checkoff. Vilsack announced the plan in November, but a policy rider in the spending bill recently passed by Congress prevents him from proceeding with the rule. Several state cattle groups welcomed the withdrawal. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association(ICA) says a second… Read more »

Survey shows Iowa farmland down nine percent

Farmland prices in Iowa are down nine percent from one year ago, according to the latest update from Iowa State University. That’s the largest annual decline in 28 years. But Michael Duffy, a retired Iowa State economics professor who conducted the survey, says it wasn’t unexpected given the declines in commodity prices and farm income…. Read more »

Addressing myths around succession planning

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Succession planning is one those things that is easy to put off “until next year”. But Eryka Morehead, a Nebraska-based financial consultant with Farm Bureau Financial Services, says there’s no time like the present to begin working on that succession plan. In an interview at the recent annual meeting of Nebraska Farm Bureau, Morehead discussed… Read more »

John Deere sells crop insurance business

John Deere has sold its crop insurance division to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH). John Deere entered the crop insurance business in 2005.  The company announced in September that it was prepared to sell the crop insurance division, saying it wanted to focus on its core manufacturing business. A leader in the… Read more »