Demand for ground beef is rising

IARN — With those rising temperatures as summer is really kicking off, those grills are getting fired up right along with it. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious burger right off the grill on a hot summer day, but what does that mean for our beef industry? Well, with more and more people grilling out, and those big summer holidays approaching, the demand for ground beef is really heating up. Read more

ISU Dairy Farm holds open house for National Dairy Month

IARN — Iowa State University (ISU) is celebrating National Dairy Month by holding several educational events at farms across the state. Iowa’s dairy industry is often overlooked, but it is still among the most productive in the nation. Iowa ranks 12th in the nation for total milk production, and eighth for milk production per cow. The state produces over 5 billion pounds of milk a year, from over 200,000 cows. On top of that, the dairy industry provides a $5.6 billion economic impact to Iowa each year, supplying more than 15,500 jobs across the state. Read more

New trade data shows U.S ag exports higher in 2022

IARN — The first quarter 2022 trade data was released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau and with that many people don’t quite know what to expect. From inflation to the war between Ukraine and Russia the exports in the U.S. have both dropped and flourished in other areas than before. Read more

DOT grants about improving America’s infrastructure

IARN — Infrastructure repairs and upgrades have been promised to rural America for years. The need for new bridges, larger roads, and rail improvements has been lacking for some time. However, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg talked about some of the improvements that are on their way to states like Iowa. Read more

Farmer sentiment plummets as production costs skyrocket

IARN — The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer plummeted in May to a reading of just 99, the weakest reading since April 2020. The May 2022 barometer reading marked just the ninth time since data collection began in fall 2015 that the overall measure of farmer sentiment fell below 100. Agricultural producers’ perceptions regarding current conditions on their farms, as well as their future expectations, both weakened this month. Read more