Grassley: House Labor Reform Will Not Pass Senate

(IARN) — Ag groups have been calling for labor reform for quite a while. Farmers have been looking for a way to get reliable labor when they need it. The U.S. House passed a bill with bipartisan support. However, the prospects of the legislation going anywhere in the Senate are bleak. Read more

Things Look Good For Beef And Pork Producers In 2020

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — An Iowa State University livestock economist says at the current point in the beef production cycle, the number of cattle should be leveling-off. That would usually mean lower prices, but as Lee Schulz looks ahead to 2020, he sees better prices than the ones today. Read more

2019 Presented New Problems And Perplexed Us With Old Ones

(IARN) — Challenges are nothing new in agriculture. Every year we face some of the same challenges we have faced in previous years, and we also come face to face with new issues as well. All the weather and trade aside, we faced some problems that we have been watching for years. That isn’t to say the unique year of 2019 didn’t present us with some new things to think about. Read more

Broadband Map Fix Will Reveal Needs

(IARN) — The House of Representatives passed legislation last week that will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act requires broadband providers to report more specific data to create a significantly more accurate and granular National Broadband Map. Read more

Iowa Farmland Ownership Not Changing Much

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The man who conducts the annual Iowa State survey on farmland values says many owners have been able to weather the downturn in the farm economy because they don’t have to make payments on their ground. Read more