Young Farmers Have Opportunities If they think outside the box

IABRN — Just like with any industry, agriculture is always looking to the future. If the industry is to survive, we need to get new blood into the system. However, new farmers are finding more and more challenges to doing just that. The economy makes it hard to sometimes get financing and grant programs only go so far. Also, there isn’t a lot of land available for them to get a start.

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Bankers Seem More Positive On Ag Economy

Statewide Iowa — (IARN) — I feel like a broken record when I start out by saying the “2019 has put a lot of stress on the agriculture industry.” There is no way around it, it is just the fact that we have to face. Read more

Annual Iowa Crop Progress Report

Staetwide, Iowa — Iowa saw a historically wet spring with rain and snow through the first half of April delaying fieldwork and planting activities. Read more

Sheldon Sale Barn Receives Award

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Livestock Sales, Inc. was recognized and awarded at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s Leadership Summit held earlier this month. Read more

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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