Soil pH maintenance helps maximize yield benefits

IARN — Many growers in Iowa are already thinking about fall field work. Ames-based Calcium Products is promoting the benefits of maintaining soil pH at a consistent level to maximize yield potential every year. Read more

USDA updating pandemic assistance for livestock and specialty crop producers

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. Read more