Iowa Leaders Seek Federal Relief For Egg Producers

IARN — Elected officials continue to ensure agricultural producers receive the means necessary to withstand the coronavirus pandemic. State and federal lawmakers now “go to bat” for a livestock group, which has been excluded from new relief efforts. Read more

Appeals Court Vacates Registrations Of 3 Dicamba Herbicides

IARN — A federal court of appeals in San Francisco ruled to vacate the registrations of three dicamba herbicides on Wednesday.

Reports say the three products impacted by the court ruling include Bayer’s Xtendimax, BASF’s Engenia and Corteva’s FeXapan. The three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to consider the environmental and economic costs. Read more

Iowa Legislature Reauthorizes Biofuel Tax Differentials

IARN — On their first day back at the Iowa Capitol, legislators wasted no time getting to work on important policies. On Wednesday night the Iowa legislature reauthorized the Iowa biofuel tax differentials, helping boost biofuel demand and lower fuel prices.

Senate File 2403, which unanimously passed both chambers, extends and modernizes fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire on June 30, 2020. Passage signals continued support of renewable fuels and will put millions of dollars back into the Road Use Tax Fund each year for vital infrastructure projects. Read more

Iowa Passes Biodiesel Bill

Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa State Legislature has voted to extend a fuel tax incentive for diesel sold in the state containing at least 11 percent biodiesel, a move praised by the Iowa Biodiesel Board. Read more

State Veterinarian Talks Managing Heat Stress In Livestock

IARN — The past couple of days have been hot, sticky, and miserable. The next few days are not looking much better. While we endure in our airconditioned homes, trucks, and tractors, our animals are outside and need our help to make it through unscathed. Iowa State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has some tips for farmers to remember to help keep their animals cool. Read more

Is Another Round Of Aid Coming?

IARN — It has been over two months since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed through the House of Representatives and was signed by President Trump. It has been almost two months since people started seeing economic stimulus funds going into their bank accounts. Read more