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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 »»

CommStock hires commodity broker

November 30, 2016 ROYAL — CommStock Investments has added another commodity broker, David Shively, to its team of experts. more »»

Pro Ag: A year later, not much has changed

November 27, 2016 FORT DODGE — It’s been a year since the last Pro Ag meeting was held in Fort Dodge, but the messages remain the same — farmland values will drop, grain prices will remain low and successful farmers... more »»

Christmas trees jingle Stoevers’ bells

November 26, 2016 By KAREN SCHWALLER MILFORD—Dave and Marcia Stoever said they’re two of the few people they know who have more money after Christmas every year than they do before it. more »»

Pardon me, Mr. President

November 25, 2016 By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY EARLY — They strut around their little area of the farm with a certain air about them. Nothing ruffles their feathers. more »»


November 25, 2016 Cartoonist Rick Friday's submission for Nov. 25, 2016. more »»

Appeals court rejects lawsuit against Calif. egg law

November 23, 2016 By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Six states lacked the legal right to challenge a California law that prohibits the sale off eggs from chickens that are not raised in... more »»

Absolute Energy notes 1 billion gallons ethanol

November 21, 2016 ST. ANSGAR (IRFA) — The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recognized on Tuesday Absolute Energy, an ethanol production facility in St. more »»

Report provides options for organic soybeans

November 20, 2016 URBANA, Ill. (University of Illinois) — Soybeans were planted on nearly 84 million acres in the U.S. in 2016, but only a tiny fraction — less than 1 percent — were grown organically. more »»



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