Axne Bill To Rename Clarinda Post Office After ‘Mother of 4H’

IARN — The post office in Clarinda, Iowa could soon get a new name honoring the ‘Mother of 4-H.’

Iowa Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne has introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office in Clarinda in honor of Jessie Field Shambaugh, who is a former school superintendent in Page County and longtime Iowa educator known to many as the ‘Mother of 4-H.’ Read more

USDA Accepts Over One Million Acres In CRP Grasslands

IARN — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) says it’s accepted more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup. The number of acres offered during signup was 1.9 million, more than three times the number offered during the last signup period in 2016. Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands, and pastures, while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing, or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. The timing of some of those activities may be temporarily restricted by the primary nesting season for birds. Read more

First Iowa Meat Processor Approved For Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program

IARN — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that Story City Locker, LLC, is the first Iowa meat processing facility to be admitted into the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program. Under the CIS program, smaller, state-inspected facilities can remain under state inspection but are allowed to apply a federal-style mark of inspection and sell products across state lines. Read more