Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report

Heavy rains fell across much of Iowa with just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending September 15, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included harvesting hay and seed
corn, chopping silage, and seeding cover crops.
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Dairy Seeing Highest Milk Prices In Five Years

Dairy producers are the go-to example of how the agriculture industry has been hurt. We have seen the decline of producers. We watched the ugly downturn in the markets. We watched as Congress debated new ways to help them stay afloat. Now, they have a slight glimmer of hope.

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Agriculture Teachers Needed

There is a major push to get people interested in agricultural education. This hits close to home, as I received an agricultural education degree and taught vocational agriculture for two-and-a-half years in a rural community, in Western Oklahoma.

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Top Democrat Attempting To Block Trade Aid

House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey of New York is proposing to block a White House request regarding its farm trade aid program. A review of the draft legislation says it would potentially mean trouble for President Trump’s ability to direct aid payments to thousands of American farmers. A key Republican lawmaker says the Democrat’s move could potentially stall a key bill needed to avoid another government shutdown.

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China to Remove U.S. Pork from Punitive Tariff List

The seesaw effect of the trade war with China is bouncing back again. China and the United States are poised to resume trade talks in October. China has been working to show some good faith by buying more Ag products. On Friday there were also reports of the Chinese repealing the punitive tariffs on U.S. pork products.

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