Iowa Farmland Value Grows 2.3% in 2019, But Barely Exceeds Inflation

Statewide Iowa — It’s been a difficult year for farmers—the planting season saw an overabundance of rain and delayed planting, the United States’ trade war with China persisted, skewing both commodity prices and demand, and farm bankruptcies rose to the highest level since 2011. However, favorable interest rates, strong yields, and limited land supply combined to help drive Iowa’s farmland values up for only the second time in six years. Read more

Biosecurity Protocols When Traveling From ASF-Positive Locations

IABRN — Animal diseases don’t mean that life stops. Vietnam and China have been battling the African Swine Fever (ASF) for the past months. The effects have been devastating for pork production in those countries. However, there is still business being conducted industrially, agriculturally, and commercially. Travel is still happening to these locations. Not only are business and vacation traveling happening, but there are also researchers going to these locations to learn about ASF and what we can do to keep this disease out of the Western hemisphere.

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Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report

Statewide Iowa — Iowa farmers had 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending December 8, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, snow and mud remained issues in parts of the State and delayed some fieldwork. Read more