China Satisfying Phase One Trade Commitments

IABRN — Grain and livestock producers last week felt coronavirus’s impact.  This week, however, we deliver positive news, which should benefit each sector greatly in the near- and long-term. Read more

IDALS’s Hemp Plan Approved By USDA

(IARN) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has approved the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s hemp production program.

The public hearing to solicit comments on the state plan that was scheduled to be held on April 3 from 9-10 a.m./CT will now be hosted via teleconference. Interested parties can participate by calling 866.685.1580 and entering code 0009990941#.

It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until official notice is published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin, which is scheduled to occur on April 8, and you have received a license from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

“We know farmers are eager for new opportunities and this milestone means they are one step closer to being able to grow hemp during the 2020 growing season,” said Secretary Naig.

Applying for a hemp license
Farmers can start applying for a license to grow hemp on April 1. Detailed instructions on how to apply for a hemp license are available at All individuals associated with the hemp production operation must be listed on the hemp license application and must submit their fingerprints for a background check. Interested growers can request a fingerprint card at (515) 725-1470 or A license cannot be issued until all applicants associated with the hemp license pass the background check.

Applying for a permit to sell hemp seed
Before selling, distributing, advertising, soliciting orders, offering, or exposing hemp seed for sale in Iowa, a retailer must obtain a seed permit from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Seed dealers can apply for a seed permit now. Detailed information about hemp seed testing and labeling requirements are available at

All questions about applying for a hemp license or seed permit should be directed to or (515) 725-1470. Additional resources for hemp growers are available at

This commercial hemp production program does not legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for human consumption, extraction or processing in Iowa. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is still working to determine if CBD is safe for human consumption. Hemp grain, hemp seed oil and protein powder derived from hemp grain have been cleared by the FDA for human consumption.

Story courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.

Food Supply Chain: Adjusting To Adversity

(IARN) — Many dining establishments across the United States have been restricted to carryout and delivery options. The way consumers obtain goods has drastically changed within the past couple of weeks. However, “the nation’s food supply system remains strong,” says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Read more

AFIA Asks States To Keep Animal Food Businesses Open

(IARN) — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), along with 23 state and regional feed and grain associations, called on state officials around the country today to maintain access to businesses providing animal food amid proposed state plans to close “non-essential businesses” to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The plea comes after some states released response plans that excluded animal food manufacturing facilities, transportation and agricultural and non-agricultural retail establishments from their lists of “essential businesses.” In an urgent letter, the groups stated that these businesses should be reclassified because not doing so would hinder the animal food industry’s ability to continue feeding America’s livestock, poultry and pets, threaten the U.S. food supply and drive up prices for farmers, ranchers, pet owners and consumers. Read more

Indigo Marketplace: A Different Approach To Crop Marketing

(IARN) — Indigo Ag strives to “improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through use of natural microbiology and digital technologies.”

An employee speaks to a suite of tools, which ensures farmers are fairly compensated for regenerative agriculture practices. Read more