Young agriculturists invited to explore “new frontiers” at AFBF Convention

IARN — The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2024 Convention is approaching fast, and the organization is partnering up this year with 4-H, FFA, and MANRRS to offer free registration to youth members. David Townsend, assistant director of member engagement, said this partnership ties perfectly into the Convention’s theme of “New Frontiers.” Read more

Many soybean yield-limiting factors seen this year in Iowa

IARN — Continuing the conversation about what went on in Iowa production agriculture in terms of pests and diseases that may have impacted final yields over and above or outside of the big limiting factor that everybody talks about – water. It certainly provided a large limiting factor in terms of yield levels this year but Troy Bauer, Senior Technical Agronomist at BASF, says it’s far from the only one. Read more

The promotion of pork cannot be contained in a single month

IARN – With it being October and National Pork Month, we have a lot to celebrate. The pork industry is producing quality products for consumers all over the world. However, there is always more work to be done. As we see depressed prices for producers, it is important that we see demand continue to grow, and that is what the National Pork Board is working on this month, and all year long. Read more

USMEF welcomes additional investments in developing export markets

IARN — On Tuesday, the USDA announced it will make funds available through the Commodity Credit Corporation for a Regional Agricultural Promotion Program aimed at expanding opportunities for U.S. agricultural products in international markets. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom said the investment is very timely, as the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) is reaching its end. Read more

China – U.S. ag companies sign purchase agreements in Des Moines

IARN — On Monday the China-U.S. Sustainable Agricultural Trade Forum and Contract Signing Ceremony co-organized by U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-products (CFNA), Iowa Soybean Association, and U.S. Grains Council was held in downtown Des Moines. Read more

Soybean harvest almost complete in Iowa

IARN — Let’s go for a ride, figuratively speaking of course, in the combine with Iowa Soybean Association Conservation Agronomist Evan Bream. As we start to wind down harvest the latest Iowa Crop Progress report shows that 87% of Iowa soybeans are in the bin. Read more