Agriculture

Wed
26
Dec

Iowa State University advances saturated riparian buffers as a promising water-quality practice for crop fields

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to development of saturated riparian buffers, a new conservation practice that is rapidly gaining interest in Iowa and far beyond.

The challenge they were addressing - how to make traditional riparian conservation buffers more effective at reducing nutrient pollution - has since become a major research focus for Tom Isenhart, professor of natural resources ecology and management, and Dan Jaynes, a soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment on campus and affiliate professor of agronomy.

Wed
19
Dec

What's Up at the FSA Office?


Mary Melcher ...

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 25: Office closed for Christmas
• January 1: Office closed for New Years Day
• January 15: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program

Introducing Mary Melcher
Hi everyone! My name is Mary Melcher.  I recently started as a new Program Technician here at the Allamakee County FSA office. I grew up on a dairy farm near Harpers Ferry.  Along with the dairy we have a small beef herd. I graduated from Waukon High School in 2015. I then went on to continue my education at NICC in Calmar.  There I completed degrees in Dairy Science Technology, Agriculture Business, and Agriculture Finance.

I have enjoyed growing up in Allamakee County and I am looking forward to working with area farmers!

Wed
19
Dec

EPA and Army propose new “Waters of the United States” definition

Tuesday, December 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) proposed a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. Unlike the Obama administration’s 2015 definition of “waters of the United States,” today’s proposal contains a straightforward definition that would result in significant cost savings, protect the nation’s navigable waters, help sustain economic growth, and reduce barriers to business development.

Wed
19
Dec

Local Dairy Days feature profitable dairy practices

Producers learn successful herd management strategies based on current research

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during 2019 Dairy Days events hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 21 and Feb. 7.

“The ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”

Topics covered at 2019 Dairy Days will include:

Wed
12
Dec

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 25: Office closed for Christmas
• January 1: Office closed for New Years Day
• January 15: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program

December Farm-Stored Facility Loans
New rates were issued just last week for the month of October and are as follows:
• 2.875% for 3 years
• 3.000% for 5 years
• 3.125% for 7 years
• 3.125% for 10 years
• 3.125% for 12 years
• 3.250% for 15 years

Wed
12
Dec

Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops scheduled for 2019

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in January or February 2019. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

Wed
12
Dec

Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled for January 3, 2019

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training at that time. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by December 28 by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

Wed
05
Dec

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• January 15: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program

Changing Bank Accounts
FSA program payments are issued electronically into your bank account. In order to make timely payments, you need to notify your FSA servicing office if you close your account or if your bank information is changed for whatever reason (such as your financial institution merging or being purchased).

Payments can be delayed if FSA is not notified of changes to account and bank routing numbers.

Wed
05
Dec

Accepting applications for water quality planning and development

Goal to have plans in place as water quality funding increases significantly over the next few years

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that applications are now being accepted for water quality planning and development projects. Selected projects will help inform, prioritize and coordinate implementation of conservation practices focused on improving water quality.

“This is an opportunity to bring in new partners to work with farmers and landowners to scale up construction of infrastructure based conservation practices. With long-term water quality funding now joining existing conservation programs, we are able to look several years ahead and make sure we are able to use the additional funding in a targeted, cost-efficient manner to improve water quality” Naig said.

Wed
05
Dec

Naig highlights animal disease emergency preparations, water quality and renewable fuels infrastructure in budget request

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today requested an additional $250,000 to support foreign animal disease response preparations as part of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Naig also emphasized the importance of continued funding for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. “Iowa’s $13.45 billion animal industry continues to see significant growth and is a key economic driver for our state. Avian influenza, African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases continue to represent a significant threat to our livestock farms and emphasize the need for us to expand efforts to prevent, prepare and potentially respond to an animal disease emergency,” Naig said. “It is important we continue to invest in priority areas such as animal health, water quality and renewable fuels to support our state’s farmers and help strengthen our rural economy.”

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