Agriculture

Wed
22
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres
May 27: Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
June 14: COC Nominations Begin
June 17: Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up Begins
July 15: Last day to certify crop acres

Crop Reporting
Allamakee county farmers are reminded to report all spring planted crops to the FSA office by July 15 to remain eligible for FSA and other USDA programs. Please remember to bring planting dates with you. It is the producer’s responsibility to accurately report acres and producer’s shares in individual crops. Discrepancies found later may affect eligibility for all FSA-administered programs.

Wed
22
May

Women Caring for the Land to meet May 29

Women Caring for the Land will meet Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at The Winery, which is located at 1966 337th Street off of North Winneshiek Road in rural Decorah.

This meeting is an opportunity for discussion with other women involved in farming and farmland ownership. Women are invited to attend for learning and fun and are welcome to bring friends. Lunch will be available. Now more than ever, women are involved in agriculture,  with 50% of farmland being owned by women.

Featured speakers at the event include Melissa O’Rourke, Attorney from ISU Extension and Outreach, who will speak about farm estate and transition planning and farmland leasing and ownership. Matt Frana, Upper Iowa Project Manager, will speak about soil conservation and grants that are available.

To make reservations, contact Carol Dowe at 563-735-5688 or email caroldowe@gmail.com.

Wed
15
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 17: Last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.
May 27: Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
June 17: Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up Begins
July 15: Last day to certify crop acres

March Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

Wed
15
May

Iowa State and Iowa Soybean Association offer new view to on-farm research data

Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association have teamed up to develop a new, web-based resource as an easy-to-use portal where producers can find the results of hundreds of on-farm research trials conducted by the association’s On-Farm Network.

The Interactive Summaries of On-Farm Strip Trials, or ISOFAST, makes data mining easy for farmers, researchers and others interested in accessing detailed information from the organization’s independent tests of products and practices.

Wed
08
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 17: Updated - Last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program
May 14: Deadline to complete mid-contract management (MCM) activities on CRP
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.
May 27: Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
July 15: Last day to certify crop acres

May 2019 CCC and FSFL Interest Rates
New rates were issued for the month of May and are as follows:
• 2.250% for 3 years
• 2.250% for 5 years
• 2.375% for 7 years
• 2.500% for 10 years
• 2.500% for 12 years
• 2.625% for 15 years

Wed
08
May

Study shows humble road ditches can play powerful nutrient reduction role

New research suggests that water quality challenges in Iowa and nationally would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape: road ditches.

“Road ditches are human-made, hydrologic pathways we take for granted,” said Keith Schilling, state geologist and director of the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa, who led the study funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at ISU. “They are everywhere, criss-crossing our state. Our research shows they are already working to help filter our water and raises the question: How can we better realize their potential?”

Wed
01
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 1: Last to report production for the Market Facilitation Program
May 14: Deadline to complete mid-contract management (MCM) activities on CRP
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.

Market Facilitation Program
May 1 is the last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program.  If you signed an application timely (deadline was February 14) but need to report production for beans, corn, dairy, or hogs, please stop in our office by this date to ensure you get paid. 

Wed
24
Apr

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 1: Last to report production for the Market Facilitation Program
May 14: Deadline to complete mid-contract management (MCM) activities on CRP
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.

Market Facilitation Program
May 1 is the last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program. If you signed an application timely (deadline was February 14) but need to report production for beans, corn, dairy, or hogs, stop in our office by this date to ensure you get paid. 

Wed
24
Apr

Nominate your neighbors for the 2019 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Bruce Trautman invite Iowans to nominate families in their communities for the Farm Environmental Leader Award. Farmers who voluntarily take actions, like planting cover crops or installing conservation infrastructure in their fields, are eligible for the award.

Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and incorporated best management practices into their farming operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream.

Wed
17
Apr

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 1: Last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program
May 14: Deadline to complete mid-contract management (MCM) activities on CRP
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.

Market Facilitation Program
May 1 is the last day to report production for the Market Facilitation Program. If you signed an application timely (deadline was February 14) but need to report production for beans, corn, dairy, or hogs, please stop in our office by this date to ensure you get paid. 

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