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Prairie Rivers names new watershed coordinator

December 13, 2016 AMES — Prairie Rivers of Iowa recently named Kayla Hasper as its new watershed coordinator. Hasper is a 2016 graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in animal ecology and environmental tudie. more »»

Farmland Values Show Historic Third Year of Decline

December 13, 2016 AMES – Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row—the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis—and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. more »»

NPPC consigns painting to honor industry icon

December 12, 2016 By JOLENE STEVENS SIOUX CITY — Valerie Miller’s enthusiasm as a livestock artist was evident in the tone of her voice discussing her selection as the artist for a pig portrait. more »»

Farmers explore green fields of cover crops

December 12, 2016 LYTTON — More than 35 farmers and others toured a pair of fall cover crop fields Nov. 10 in the Lytton area. more »»

Accidental author

December 11, 2016 By JOE SUTTER At age 4, Jerry Nelson was given a 1-day-old chick and quickly made big plans for the future. more »»

Revitalizing Iowa’s farm soils

December 10, 2016 FORT DODGE — According to Bob Streit, when farmers heard in 1965 that Iowa had enough micronutrients in the soils to last 45 years, what they heard was “forever,” not 45 years. more »»

Start to Farm Network begins in north central IA

December 10, 2016 GARNER (ISUE)— The Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network, organized by Iowa State University Extension, is a state-wide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and... more »»

Elwynn Taylor’s outlook

December 9, 2016 While the forecasted crop yields look to be good for the 2017 growing season, farmers should be on their guard for volatility in the next two decades, Elwynn Taylor told a crowd at the Farm News Ag... more »»


December 9, 2016 Cartoonist Rick Friday's submission for Dec. 9, 2016. more »»

Pocahontas Co. tried to rescind support for new CAFOs

December 8, 2016 ROLFE — After supporting the expansion of a hog confinement in northeast Pocahontas County in October, the county board of supervisors tried — and failed — to rescind its decision. more »»

Northey seeks $500,000 for disease response fund

December 7, 2016 DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey requested Monday an additional $500,000 for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Animal Industry Bureau to aid in... more »»

Grazing cover crops helps pastures recover

December 5, 2016 By KRISS NELSON DAYTON — A cover crop field day last week in rural Dayton explained how using them has helped with grazing cattle. The field day was hosted by A.. more »»

Northey: Consider Iowa-grown Christmas trees

December 5, 2016 DES MOINES (IDALS) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa grown Christmas tree to decorate their home this holiday season. more »»

EPA’s RFS rallies soybean futures

December 4, 2016 URBANA, Ill. (University of Illinois) — From Oct.13 through Nov. 25, the price of January 2017 soybean futures increased by 8.4 percent. more »»

POET: New RFS means cleaner fuels

December 4, 2016 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (POET) —Jeff Broin, chief executive officer for POET said the EPA’s announcement of the 2017 Renewable Volume Obligiations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. more »»

ASA: It’s positive, but ‘we can do more’

December 4, 2016 WASHINGTON (ASA) — The U.S. more »»

‘Our Father the Farmer’

December 3, 2016 According to his wife, Melissa, Chuck Swanson will forever be known for his smile. more »»

Riding with Harry T.

December 2, 2016 PERRY — Unpredictable. Shocking. Historic. All have been used to describe the 2016 presidential election, but they also characterized the remarkable presidential election of 1948. more »»


December 2, 2016 Cartoonist Rick Friday's submission for Dec. 2, 2016. more »»

Prestage vendor fair to be held Dec. 13

December 1, 2016 By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews. more »»



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