Agriculture

Wed
28
Sep

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Nov 15: Acreage intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2017 needs to be reported to FSA
Dec 16: New deadline for the 2017 MPP decision

Emergency Conservation Program
At the last FSA County Committee meeting, it was decided that the damage received from heavy rains and flooding warranted an application for Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding.  There is no guarantee that the funding request will be granted, as it is subject to the availability of funds at the national level. 
At this point, an application period has not officially been announced.  However, the Allamakee County FSA office is now accepting information regarding losses that you have experienced for the following areas:

Wed
21
Sep

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Sept 27: Allamakee County Committee meeting at the USDA Service Center  9:00 a.m. start
Dec 16: New deadline for the 2017 MPP decision

Wed
21
Sep

Local families among the Century and Heritage Farms recognized during the 2016 Iowa State Fair


Members of the Blake Family Partnership LLP were present at the Iowa State Fair August 18 to receive the recognition of the family’s farm located at 487 Bear Creek Drive, Dorchester as a Heritage Farm. Submitted photo.

Members of the Gail E. Dunning family were present at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 18 to receive the recognition of the family’s farm located at 985 Forest Mills Road, Waukon as a Century Farm. Submitted photo.

Members of the Evelyn Wild family were present at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 18 to receive the recognition of the family’s farm located at 1147 Hartley Drive, Lansing as a Century Farm. Submitted photo.

Members of the Duane and Joanne Leppert family were present at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 18 to receive recognition of the family’s farm at 2223 Lycurgus Road, Lansing as a Century Farm. Submitted photo.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines again this year. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm.

Among those farms recognized this year were four Allamakee County farms. Those farms included the Heritage Farm owned by the Blake Family Partnership, LLP of Dorchester and three Century Farms owned by the Gail E. Dunning family of Waukon, the Duane and Joann Leppert family of Lansing, and the Evelyn Wild family of Lansing.

This year, 320 Century Farms and 103 Heritage Farms were recognized. This year was the 40-year anniversary of the Century Farms program and the 10-year anniversary of the Heritage Farms program.

Wed
14
Sep

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Sept 27: Allamakee County Committee meeting at the USDA Service Center  9:00 am start
Sept 30: End of the fiscal year for FSA purposes
Nov 15: Deadline to certify all forage or grazed 2017 crops
Dec 16: New deadline for the 2017 MPP sign-up

Marketing loans are available in the Allamakee County FSA office.  2016 loan rates for Allamakee County is $1.87 and $4.99 for corn and soybeans, respectively.

There currently is a Hard Red Winter Wheat LDP, if you certified a HRW crop for the 2016 crop year, stop in or call the Allamakee County FSA office to find out more.

Wed
14
Sep

Northeast Iowans of all ages learn from renowned scientist Dr. Jill Clapperton


Dr. Jill Clapperton, along with Neil Sass, Area Agronomist for the NRCS, speaks to over 65 attendees gathered at a Soil Health Workshop at the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm near Cresco. A rainfall simulator demonstrated the effect of ground cover on water run-off and soil erosion. Submitted photo.

World renowned plant physiologist and soil ecologist Dr. Jill Clapperton shared knowledge and strategies to promote soil health with NE Iowa farmers, landowners, and youth over the course of three public events and a five-day trip to the region.

Dr. Clapperton, the Principal Scientist and Co-founder of Rhizoterra Inc., is a well-known researcher, lecturer and advocate of farm practices that promote soil health who has conducted research and consulted with farmers around the globe. In 2013, she was the Syngenta No-Till Innovator for Research and Education.

Wed
14
Sep

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 9/14/16

IMPACT OF FLOODING ON LIVESTOCK
Recent floods and excess water could mean changes to livestock and crops management this harvest season. Many of the effects are yet to be determined as the standing crop still grows and each field and/or farm is affected differently. It is recommended to properly assess your situation and review these guidelines in preparation for harvest and feeding of livestock.

Wed
07
Sep

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Sept. 1: Premiums were due for 2016 MPP buy-up coverage
Sept. 27: Allamakee County Committee meeting at the USDA Service Center  9:00 am start
Dec. 16: New deadline for the 2017 MPP sign-up

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Wed
07
Sep

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 9/7/16

Brian Lang
Extension Agronomist

563-382-2949
bjlang@iastate.edu

FLOODED CROPS
The flash flooding in northeast Iowa has left many producers wondering what to do next. In many areas, the flooding of 2016 reached record levels.
 
Corn
Past experience has shown us that if flood waters got above ear height, the ears were likely ruined. That assessment was correct for the floods of 2008 and 1993, but corn was flooded near tassel stage. In those cases, ears under water were ruined, basically turning to mush within a week.

It is a different story this year. The August 24 flood occurred with most corn at early dent stage. In general, ears from these flooded fields still look to be in good condition, so far. The flood waters appeared to drop quickly, which in most cases will minimize potential problems. Here are some factors to watch.

Wed
07
Sep

Stockmanship, Cattle Handling and BQA Workshops scheduled for September 19-20

Denise Schwab, ISU Extension & Outreach Beef Specialist, 319-721-9624

Stockmanship, Cattle Handling and BQA Workshops
Three Stockmanship, Handling and BQA workshops featuring Dr. Tom Noffsinger from Nebraska, will be held in eastern Iowa September 19 & 20. The Stockmanship sessions teach cattle handling methods that improve animal movement and cattle performance by reducing the stress on livestock. Noffsinger bases his presentation on four simple principles of cattle behavior; cattle want to see you, go around you, be with other cattle, and can only process one thought at a time. He will also demonstrate low stress cattle handling methods that can be used whether gathering from the pasture or processing through corrals.

Wed
31
Aug

Support for beginning farmers

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Kayla Koether
Food System Specialist

koether@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

SUPPORT FOR BEGINNING FARMERS
ISU Extension is increasing its support for beginning farmers. Two opportunities for farmers in northeast Iowa were recently announced.
The Northeast Iowa Beginning Farmer Network is a regional effort supporting new farmers who are adding value to their products by marketing food to local consumers, restaurants and institutions or utilizing niche markets. Beginning farmers who are managing farm produce inventory and direct-to-customer sales have a distinct set of challenges. To add to those challenges, they are often only one of a handful of farms or businesses in their communities establishing a local food market. While creating something new can be exciting, it can also be isolating.

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