IDALS helps guide veterinarians through Category II accreditation process

IARN — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has released an online video explaining how veterinarians licensed to practice in Iowa can obtain or renew their USDA Category II accreditation status. This is one of many steps the Department is taking to prepare for a potential foreign animal disease outbreak. Read more

Peterson unveils legislation to expand CRP to 50 million acres

IARN — In a press conference Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota announced the introduction of H.R. 8843, which makes an additional 25 million acres available over the next five years for general signup under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  Instead of a cap, the bill establishes a minimum floor of 50 million CRP acres nationwide. Read more

Education and outreach efforts highlighted at IFU convention

IARN — The Iowa Farmers Union kicked off its annual state convention Thursday afternoon. This year’s attendees are enjoying the activities from the comfort of their own homes as the event is being conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Dairy Margin Coverage will “make a big difference in 2021”

IARN — USDA’s Farm Service Agency this year issued four Dairy Margin Coverage payments, as dairy producers were pressed by the coronavirus pandemic. The current USDA forecast indicates margins will drop below $9.50/cwt in the first half of 2021, making it another challenging year for the dairy industry. Read more