Agriculture

Tue
19
Feb

Naig: Century and heritage farm owners encouraged to apply

Applications must be postmarked by June 1 to be recognized at the 2019 Iowa State Fair

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged eligible farm owners to apply for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. It recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“The Century and Heritage Farm Program recognizes the hard work that is necessary to keep a farm in the same family for 100 or 150 years,” Naig said. “The awards ceremony at the Iowa State Fair is a great celebration of Iowa agriculture and the families that care for the land and produce our food. I look forward to recognizing Iowa’s Century and Heritage awardees at the upcoming state fair and encourage those families to apply before June 1, 2019.

Tue
19
Feb

U.S./China trade war, water quality research highlighted at the NEIAEA annual meeting

Wendong Zhang, Extension Ag Economist, Brian Dougherty, Ag Engineering Field Specialist, and Natasha Hoover, Research Associate from the Iowa State University (ISU) water quality research lab, will speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) to be held at the Borlaug Learning Center, ISU Northeast Research Farm, Nashua.

The program will be held Tuesday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m. Provided free at the meeting is the 2018 Research Farm Report. A Dutch treat lunch will be served by the Riverton Lucky Clovers 4-H Club. Following the Pecinovsky presentation, the NEIAEA board of directors will meet. The sessions given for the day will qualify for a total of three free CCA credits (2CM, 1SW).

Wed
13
Feb

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• February 14: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program
• February 18: Office closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday

USDA Market Facilitation Program
The last day to stop in and sign the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) application is tomorrow, February 14. You don’t need to certify production at that time, but if you don’t sign the application by February 14 you will not be eligible for MFP payments. Once you sign the application, you have until May 1 to prove production. 

Facility Loan Interest Rates
The interest rates for February are as follows:
• 2.500% for 3 years
• 2.500% for 5 years
• 2.625% for 7 years
• 2.750% for 10 years
• 2.750% for 12 years
• 2.875% for 15 years

Wed
13
Feb

Livestock Farm Inspection Workshop scheduled for February 21 in Waukon

The Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers will be holding a Livestock Farm Inspection Workshop Thursday, February 21, 2019. The event will be held at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau meeting room in Waukon and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is free and lunch will be provided.

Waukon Feed Ranch and Innovative Ag Service are also sponsors for the event. Those attending should RSVP by Thursday, February 14 to 563-568-4125 or email Allamakee.county@ifbf.org.

Wed
13
Feb

Naig: Grants available to help promote specialty crops

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is now accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.

“The Specialty Crop Block Grant program allows farmers to focus on areas that help them expand their business,” said Naig. “Specialty crops are an example of value added agriculture as they allow farmers to diversify and give customers access to locally grown products.”

Wed
06
Feb

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates

• Updated - February 14: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program
• February 18: Office closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday

USDA Market Facilitation Program
The last day to stop in and sign the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) application has been changed to February 14, due to FSA being furloughed.  You don’t need to certify production at that time, but if you don’t sign the application by February 14 you will not be eligible for MFP payments. Once you sign the application, you have until May 1 to prove production. 

Wed
06
Feb

Boots in the Barn program scheduled for March

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers, in March in the Waukon area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their dairy or beef cattle operation.

The course will be held March 7, 14 and 21. The March 7 session will feature Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will provide information on understanding expected progeny differences (EPD), sire catalogs and how that relates to sire selection for dairy and beef producers. A panel of experts will provide information on how to apply this information to an operation, specifically addressing dairy and beef crossbreeding programs. The session will be held at Farmers and Merchants Bank Community Room in Waukon from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wed
06
Feb

Online tool can help farmers see value of cover crops and paths to profitability

A new decision-making tool that can help crop and livestock farmers assess the economics of cover crops in their operations is now available for free on Iowa State University’s Ag Decision Maker website.

The tool, “Economics of Cover Crops,” consists of three in-depth budgeting worksheets designed to help farmers analyze the costs and benefits of cover crops – and paths to profitability – in their row crop operations with or without the integration of livestock:

• Cover Crops Budget looks at the economics of cover crops in systems without grazing or harvesting.
• Grazing Cover Crops Budget estimates the costs and benefits with grazing or harvesting for feed.
• Grazing Cover Crops Results uses farmers’ farm data to calculate the actual economic value of grazing or harvesting cover crops from the prior year.

Tue
29
Jan

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates

• Updated - February 14: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program.
• May 1: Last day to provide production evidence for Market Facilitation Program.

FSA Office Now Open
Congress passed a three-week continuing resolution through February 15. Our office will be open these next three weeks for regular business. Hours are Monday -Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We don’t know what will happen after February 15.

Tue
29
Jan

Quality Awards distributed at Calhoun Coop Creamery Annual Meeting


30-year Quality Award ... Left to right: Shawn Lloyd and Bill and Sandy Lloyd of Harpers Ferry. Not pictured: Mike Lloyd.

15-year Quality Award ... Left to right: John, Gloria, Bob and Al Hanson of Hanson Hilltop Farms, Waukon.

First-place Low Bacteria Award and First-place Low Somatic Cell Award ... Left to right: Dave and Rhonda Bahr.

Second-place Low Bacteria Award (tie) ... Left to right: Jenny and Greg Conway of Lansing.

Second-place Low Bacteria Award (tie) ... Left to right: Tom and Tanner Walleser of Lansing.

The 123rd annual meeting of Calhoun Coop Creamery, Lansing was held at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room in Waukon Tuesday, January 22. A noon meal was served to all by BE Catered of Waukon.

President Dave Bahr called the meeting to order. At the conclusion of the business meeting quality awards were handed out to the following producers (some of which are pictured in the surrounding submitted photos):

First-place low bacteria award went to Dave and Rhonda Bahr of Waukon. There was a tie for second place between Greg and Jenny Conway of Lansing and Tom and Janet Walleser of Lansing. There were 38 other producers receiving outstanding quality awards.

First-place low somatic cell award also went to Dave and Rhonda Bahr of Waukon. There were 20 other producers receiving outstanding somatic cell awards with averages under 175,000 for the year.

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