Reaction to the latest Hogs and Pigs Report

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Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of Research, Frontier Risk… Read more »

Iowa farmland down 9% in past year

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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising… Read more »

Iowa Farm Bureau urges farmers to comment on water rule

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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm… Read more »

Some good news on PEDv

At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down…. Read more »

Pork industry searches for answers on PEDv

As the number of reported cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) continues to grow, the pork industry continues looking for ways to slow the spread of the disease of pigs. Dr. Lisa Becton of the National Pork Board gives us an update. AUDIO: Dr. Lisa Becton (7:00 MP3)

“We just have to keep explaining the facts”

In an effort to help protect agriculture, Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Company started Protect the Harvest in 2010. Brian Klippenstein is Executive Director of the organization which works to protect agriculture from the numerous attempts to limit or even eliminate some aspects of it. One of the biggest tools of those anti-animal agriculture efforts… Read more »

They need to pass WRRDA…and fund it.

Besides the farm bill, another important piece of legislation for farmers working its way through Congress right now is the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The House and Senate have passed versions of the bill and there is a conference committee to work out those differences. Randy Gordon is president of the National… Read more »

Striving to work with farmers

Karl Brooks is Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7, he says “one of the most important topics on our table right now is to work with the agricultural community to promote the kind of innovation that helps protect water resources and land resources as well.” Brooks says they realize that farmers are… Read more »

U.S. sugar policy is the right way to do it

America’s sugar policy is seemingly under constant scrutiny as those who use it say we are too protectionist while those who grow it say they need to survive. Phillip Hayes with the American Sugar Alliance says ironically, both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill have the same sugar policy. “The road to… Read more »

Cultivate Safety on your farm

Cultivate Safety is a campaigned from the National Farm Medicine Center designed to help farm parents make things safer for their child. Scott Heiberger says while farmers have many important jobs, “being a parent is the most important.” The Cultivate Safety website has information on everything from making your farm safer for the non-working child… Read more »