Iowa Farmland Values Jump 30 Percent

Statewide Iowa — Iowa State University Extension’s annual farmland survey released Tuesday shows a surge in the estimated value of farmland that hasn’t been seen in a decade. Read more

USDA provides additional pandemic assistance to hog producers 

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new program to assist hog producers who faced reduced market prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. The Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and addresses gaps in previous assistance for hog producers. The program assists hog producers who sold hogs through a negotiated sale from April 16, 2020, through September 1, 2020. Read more

Kentucky will need help, but damage is still being assessed

IARN — Over the past weekend, Mother Nature continued to show us that she has power. No matter what time of year it is, she can wield that power any way she wants to. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen the storm damage that happened from Arkansas all the way to Ohio on Friday night. The brunt of the damage is being seen in the town of Mayfield, Kentucky. Pictures and videos on social media show the utter destruction of a town that has been, for all intents and purposes, blown off the map. Read more