USDA awards over $11.5 million to help small and mid-sized farms

IARN — The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced $11.5 million for research to ensure small and medium-sized farms become more profitable. Announced on National Ag Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the funding “will give these family farms the tools they need to be more sustainable, profitable and productive as they face agricultural and economic challenges. Read more

Livestock producers eye Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

IARN — Livestock producers are gearing up for Thursday’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report from the USDA.

Steve Meyer is a consulting economist for the National Pork Board. He says there are several things producers will be keeping an eye on in the report, especially market herd size. Read more

Ernst introduces Executive Branch Emissions Transparency Act

IARN — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has introduced new legislation that would create a publicly accessible database documenting the carbon emissions associated with all fossil fuel-powered travel by the president, vice president, and executive branch political appointees. Read more