Things Look Good For Beef And Pork Producers In 2020

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — An Iowa State University livestock economist says at the current point in the beef production cycle, the number of cattle should be leveling-off. That would usually mean lower prices, but as Lee Schulz looks ahead to 2020, he sees better prices than the ones today. Read more

2019 Presented New Problems And Perplexed Us With Old Ones

(IARN) — Challenges are nothing new in agriculture. Every year we face some of the same challenges we have faced in previous years, and we also come face to face with new issues as well. All the weather and trade aside, we faced some problems that we have been watching for years. That isn’t to say the unique year of 2019 didn’t present us with some new things to think about. Read more

Broadband Map Fix Will Reveal Needs

(IARN) — The House of Representatives passed legislation last week that will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act requires broadband providers to report more specific data to create a significantly more accurate and granular National Broadband Map. Read more

Iowa Farmland Ownership Not Changing Much

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The man who conducts the annual Iowa State survey on farmland values says many owners have been able to weather the downturn in the farm economy because they don’t have to make payments on their ground. Read more

Farm Credit Pleased With How Their Customers Survived 2019

(IARN) — In 2019, it was all about taking advantage of the opportunities you were presented. You had to roll when the weather allowed, and you had to make market maneuvers in the few windows where it could pay off. Farm Credit said after a year that was as challenging as this one, they are proud to see many of their producers weathering the storm very well. Read more