Category Archives: Farming

Video highlights Iowa farmer challenged by weather extremes


Extreme weather is taking a toll on Corning, Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser, as seen in a recent video produced by documentary organization The Story Group. Gaesser, who has been farming for over 45 years, said extreme weather has become more … Continue reading

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$1.4 million towards water quality improvement


Last week, the state of Iowa made $1.4 million available to farmers in an effort to improve water quality through nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have now claimed all of these funds and will match the amount, bringing the total to $2.8 … Continue reading

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Agricultural and environmental interests may be at odds


Earlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and several other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee met with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The aim of the closed-door meeting was to clarify several intersections between environmental regulations … Continue reading

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USDA: 95% of Iowa corn is genetically engineered


New data released by the US Department of Agriculture shows that 95 percent of Iowan field corn is genetically modified, compared to 93 percent nationally. Genetically engineered corn includes herbicide tolerant (HT), insect resistant (Bt), and stacked gene varieties that … Continue reading

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Rainfall slowing fieldwork and crop progress in Iowa


A third consecutive week of above-average rainfall across the state limited farmers’ fieldwork and put added stress on crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report for the week. There were just 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork … Continue reading

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Chipotle restaurants to serve more locally grown produce


Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced plans to purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce for its restaurants this year, up from 2013’s goal of 15 million pounds. The Denver-based restaurant chain will rely on 45 local farms around … Continue reading

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New analysis spells out risks of climate change on Midwest business


An extensive risk analysis report released Tuesday outlines what a warmer climate could mean for U.S. private and public sectors, with significant shifts in store for the Midwest. The report was released by the Risky Business Project, an effort to … Continue reading

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Nitrates often released back into rivers


According to the Des Moines Register, Des Moines’ nitrate removal facility was responsible for dumping approximately 13,500 pounds of the contaminant into the Raccoon River last year. Nitrates can be detrimental to human health if consumed in high enough quantities, … Continue reading

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ISU professor testing sustainable agricultural practices


  Iowa State University agronomy professor Matthew Liebman has been experimenting with crop rotation as a means of reducing waterway-polluting fertilizer usage, according to a recent article in National Geographic. Liebman used a three- and four-crop rotation – consisting mostly … Continue reading

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Study: More precise fertilizer application will help combat climate change


Farmers can help to combat climate change by applying more precise amounts of nitrogen fertilizer to fields, according to a recent study by researchers at Michigan State University. The study – published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of … Continue reading

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