The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says producers who are currently participating in the federal crop insurance program are in line for some extra help. Farmers who had a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture, or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment.
Northwest Iowa — (RI) Harvest may be up to a month behind, since planting was about that far behind this spring — but now, while farmers are waiting to get into the fields — is a great time to think about harvest safety. Read more
Upper Midwest — Corn silage harvest is in full swing in northwest Iowa. According to experts at South Dakota State University, significant losses happen every year in silage bunkers and piles across the United States. Read more
During October, gas stations across Iowa will be joining the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) for the 4th annual Pink at the Pump® campaign. The drive will help raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NCBF) and The Hormel Institute.
The fiscal year for the federal government is coming to an end on September 30, and half of the money designated for International Food Aid has not been spent.
A bill introduced by Senator John Tester seeks to bring mental health resources and awareness to rural communities. The Montana Democrat this week introduced the Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help reduce stress and suicides in rural America. While Tester says, “there is no silver bullet,” he says the bill “provides better tools and resources for folks in rural communities to manage and reduce stress.”