A grant is available that allows farmers to try new ideas that might make sense on their farm. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will provide nearly $250,000 through the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration program. MDA Organic and Diversification Administrator Meg Moynihan says trying something new comes with risk. “At a cost, sometimes financially, sometimes it’s... Read more »

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Attorneys filed written arguments with a North Dakota judge Tuesday as to whether his temporary injunction blocking EPA’s Clean Water Rule should apply to all 50 states. U.S. District judge Ralph Erickson last week issued the injunction requested by 13 states to stop the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the rule,... Read more »

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There are a few scattered bids in the cattle on Wednesday from 142.00 to 144.00 live and 222.00 to 225.00 on a dressed basis. Asking prices range from 148.00 to 150.00 live and 232.00 plus dressed. Significant trade may not develop before Thursday due to the wide spread between asking prices and bids. Boxed beef... Read more »

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An Iraq war veteran has a new tractor that will help him grow blueberries where he was told they wouldn’t grow. When Jason Kerr left the Army because of an injury, he began growing blueberries, mostly because he was told it couldn’t be done on his small eastern Iowa farm. “As soon as somebody told... Read more »

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Even though Iowa farmers are tightening their belts in other areas, they continue to make investments in conservation to improve environmental performance. That’s one of the findings of a recent survey sponsored by Agri-Pulse and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). It shows, for example, that 43 percent of poll participants have installed edge of field... Read more »

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