Agriculture News

Across the Corn Belt, farmers are hoping this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books. With planting season already off to a roaring start, farmers say they’re putting in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression.

Wild Horses Come to Iowa

Apr 23, 2012

You have to weave between Amish buggies on the gravel road that leads to the Davis County Fairgrounds.

There, this weekend, corrals are holding more than 30 burros and wild horses.

Most of the animals quietly munch on hay. They pay little attention to the families and kids coming up to stalls.

Dave Berg is a specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM.

“If they have good food and clean water, they’re happy campers," he says. "And out in the wild, they do not have good food and clean water that readily available.”

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Sarah McCammon

You’ve probably heard that America’s farmers are getting older. Something else you may know: women tend to outlive men. So, do the math, and what do you get? More women coming into agricultural land – and some who aren’t really sure what to do with it. Conservationists say this shift is both a challenge – and an opportunity – for Iowa’s farmland.

You might have heard the term “pink slime” in the news recently. Now the fear over the so called slime is beginning to have economic effects. This week Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, temporally closed down a total of three meat processing plants in Kansas, Texas, and Iowa. So the Governors of those states are doing damage control. Thursday they toured the only BPI factory still open, in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Dairy industry pushes for reform

Mar 27, 2012

Many dairymen are calling the government price support system broken, but just how to fix it isn't clear. There's debate over how much the government should step in to help in tough times and as to what degree it should let the free market govern.  

Fair weather crops

Jun 28, 2010

The effects of severe weather over the weekend continue to be felt today (Tuesday) with wind damage and heavy rain in Northwest Iowa and potential flooding in Central Iowa. Thousands of acres of cropland are underwater in Western Iowa and will not be able to be salvaged, but for farmers in other parts of the state, this week’s sunshine and low humidity is a welcome break. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with Iowa State University extension agronomist Mark Westgate.

The Guard's Agribusiness Development Team will work with farmers in northeastern Afghanistan as part of a larger effort to improve the nation's agriculture infrastructure.

A survey by the Iowa Department of Agriculture shows growth in farmers market sales of 92 percent from 2004 to 2009. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with State Horticulturalist Mike Bevins.

Agri-Star Rising

Apr 21, 2010

After a long stretch of dark days, Iowa cattle farmers and residents of Postville say they have a reason to be optimistic. That’s because kosher beef production has resumed at Agri-Star Meat and Poultry. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

Ag Competition

Apr 11, 2010

The Obama administration is conducting an unprecedented series of public forums to explore competition in the agriculture industry. For the first time, the departments of justice and agriculture are working together to look into antitrust questions raised by the mergers of seed companies, meatpacking plants and corporate farms. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports government officials worry farmers are paying the price for consolidation.

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