Judge says water rule injunction is limited to 13 states

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A federal judge in North Dakota said Friday that his temporary injunction blocking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) does not apply nationwide, only to the 13 states involved in his initial ruling. “On the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application. On the other hand, there… Read more »

Iowa John Deere dealer expands

Van Wall Equipment, based in Perry, Iowa, has announced the purchase of AgriVision Equipment Group dealerships in Knoxville, Indianola and Albia. The acquisition brings to 14 the number of John Deere dealerships owned and operated by Van Wall in central Iowa.  

The beef industry’s ‘critical crossroads’

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The U.S. beef industry is at a critical crossroads. So says Glynn Tonsor, a livestock economist at Kansas State University. “We’ve had abnormally high cattle prices the last several years, and the core reasons for that are both tight supplies and strong beef demand,” Tonsor says. “But I think we’re at a crossroads in the… Read more »

Nebraska State Fair ag exhibit expands outdoors

The Raising Nebraska agricultural display at the Nebraska State Fair, in just its second year, has become one of the fair’s most popular stops. The display has expanded this year with the addition of an outdoor learning experience. Chuck Hibberd, dean of Extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says the plot of land, a little… Read more »

Judge considers scope of water rule injunction

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Attorneys filed written arguments with a North Dakota judge Tuesday as to whether his temporary injunction blocking EPA’s Clean Water Rule should apply to all 50 states. U.S. District judge Ralph Erickson last week issued the injunction requested by 13 states to stop the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the rule,… Read more »

Iowa farmers tighten belts, but not on conservation

Even though Iowa farmers are tightening their belts in other areas, they continue to make investments in conservation to improve environmental performance. That’s one of the findings of a recent survey sponsored by Agri-Pulse and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). It shows, for example, that 43 percent of poll participants have installed edge of field… Read more »

Urban dwellers, farmers ‘rub elbows’ in Iowa

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  There are many great programs in place, all across the U.S., that are helping the non-farming public gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and the everyday challenges faced by farmers and ranchers. One of those programs is the Iowa Food & Family Project (IFFP). That group recently took a… Read more »

Ag economist: Beef industry at ‘critical crossroads’

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The U.S. beef industry is at a critical crossroads. So says Glynn Tonsor, a livestock economist at Kansas State University. “We’ve had abnormally high cattle prices the last several years, and the core reasons for that are both tight supplies and strong beef demand,” Tonsor says. “But I think we’re at a crossroads in the… Read more »

Chipotle sued over ‘GMO-free’ claim

A California woman is suing the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant chain. Colleen Gallagher’s lawsuit accuses Chipotle of false advertising over its claims that it uses only ingredients that are free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Gallagher says Chipotle misled consumers with its GMO-free claim and deceived diners into paying more for their food. Earlier… Read more »

Nebraska crops still receiving high marks

Nebraska’s crops continue to receive high marks. Corn is rated 77 percent good to excellent with soybeans at 74 percent. Fifty-nine percent of corn has dented, slightly behind normal. Ten percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, a little ahead of average. Fourth cutting of alfalfa was 29 percent complete with the crop rated 67 percent… Read more »