High Cost Of Drying Grain Will Eat Into Farmers’ Profits

Northwest Iowa — Many farmers have been dealing with excessive moisture this year along with harvest delays due to wet weather and, in many areas, flooding. Read more


USGC Educates Global Farmers On Different Feed Options

IABRN – There are many farmers around the world. Billions of small farmers are doing all they can to help feed their nations and the globe. However, so many of these farmers haven’t been educated on changing methods in agriculture. Some of these farmers know only one way of doing things. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is helping to educate these farmers on new opportunities and build their industrial infrastructure.

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ISA Seeks Nominations For Ag Leadership Awards

IABRN – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) seeks to recognize outstanding leadership from farmers and industry professionals actively advancing Iowa agriculture and the Iowa soybean industry.

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Rabo Agrifinance Offering Industry’s First Organic Transition Loan

IABRN — Farmers looking for organic certification on all or part of their operations can get some financial help from Rabo Agrifinance. The company has developed a loan product so farmers can get the capital they need upfront to help with costs associated with changing production practices. Farmers can then schedule loan repayments when they get additional revenue from selling certified organic products.

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Farm Bureau VP Remains Optimistic On USMCA Passage

IABRN – The clock is ticking, and an arbitrary deadline is coming soon. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) is still waiting to get moving in the United States House of Representatives. Many supporters of the deal are becoming worried the bill will not be brought up before the end of the legislative year, next month. However, there are some in the agriculture arena who think we still have a good chance of finishing it up.

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Iowa Cattle on Feed

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 640,000 head on October 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was up 2 percent from September 1, 2019, but down 7 percent from October 1, 2018. Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 480,000 head on feed, unchanged from last month but down 8 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,120,000 head, up 1 percent from last month but down 7 percent from last year.

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