All eyes on the June 30th Acreage Report

IARN — The latest WASDE report was released last week to muted responses. The markets are more interested in the USDA Acreage Report coming on June 30th. This will set the stage for how the summer months could go in Chicago. Some call it the biggest report of the entire year. Read more

ISU Dairy Science Club continuously celebrates the dairy industry

IARN — Iowa State University (ISU) Dairy Research and Teaching Unit hosted one of the many field days conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach throughout the state of Iowa in the month of June, in honor of National Dairy Month. Iowa ranks 12th overall in the nation’s total milk production and 8th overall in milk production per cow. The event took place June 10th from 7AM to noon. People of all ages in the Ames community got the opportunity to learn about the industry, take a tram ride through the farm, watch people milk the cows that rotated throughout the day, and learn more about sustainability and care for the cows. Read more

Senator Ernst listens to farmer concerns near Cedar Rapids

IARN — Last week, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst met with local and state Ag leaders near Cedar Rapids to hear about their concerns and challenges with the current economic situation in agriculture. A lot of the concern was centered around input costs, mainly fertilizers. Read more

FFA members prepare for careers in plant systems pathways

IARN — This summer, 45 FFA members from across the country will arrive in St. Louis, Missouri, to explore careers in the plant industry. It’s all part of the Next Gen Conference offered by the National FFA Organization. The conference, which began in 2020, focuses on pathways from animal systems to biotechnology systems members might be interested in. The inaugural conference was held in February 2020 and put on hold for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Iowa’s dairy industry continues to improve

IARN — Iowa is famous for its high level of agricultural production, especially when it comes to grains and meat production. But what about Iowa’s dairy industry? Believe it or not, Iowa actually ranks towards the top of the nation in dairy production as well. The state fair’s famous butter cow is a great representation of just how important the dairy industry is to Iowa. With June being National Dairy Month, now is a “butter” time than ever to recognize the impact of Iowa’s dairy industry. Read more

NPPC has a new look and a new perspective

IARN — Last week at the World Pork Expo, the festivities were kicked off by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) kicking off a new logo and website for the organization. While the support pork producers have come to expect will stay the same, there is just a new way of looking at the future of the industry and that is what the NPPC is trying to embody. Read more