Weekly Iowa Crop Progress Report

Statewide Iowa — Excessive rainfall throughout Iowa limited farmers to only 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending October 6, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Very little harvesting took place this past week as farmers wait for field conditions to improve with drier weather. Read more


New York City Bans Processed Meats In School Lunches

New York City, New York — Kids are notorious for their love of hot dogs, but they won’t get them in New York City schools this year for lunch. Local news reports say the Board of Education will no longer allow processed meats in public school cafeterias following a resolution passed by the New York City Council.

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Deere Announces Layoffs Amid Demand Declines

Deere & Company this week announced indefinite layoffs amid demand woes. Deere officials say more than 160 U.S. workers at agriculture machinery facilities in Illinois and Iowa will be laid off, after the company last week announced it would reduce production by 20 percent.

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Independent Cattle Producers Criticize Packing Industry

The “little guys” in the cattle business received a chance to fight back this week as an Independent Cattlemen’s Conference was held in Omaha, NE. It had the unambiguous name: Stop the Stealin’. We may surmise that packers are bad and independent cattle producers are good.

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NPPC And Others Continue Push For FMD Vaccine Bank

African Swine Fever has been largely in the forefront these past months, and rightly so. It is a very real threat that we are dealing with. However, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Iowa State University to renew the call for USDA to quickly set up a vaccine bank for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). The 2018 Farm Bill established funds to begin setting up an FMD vaccine bank, and some steps have been made. There is still some distance to go.

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