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The Scott County Pork Producers will hold their annual Scott County Pork Queen and Pork Ambassador Contest in April. more
“You’ve got to feed the animals, you’ve got to feed the livestock,” said Steve Duffe, who has been in a family business partnership at Duffe Grain since it was established in 1987. The company primarily offers grain storage for farmers. Currently, its drivers are dealing with poor rural road conditions following a winter that dumped record-breaking snowfall across the area. more
If he stops to think about it, Dr. Dale Risius can still taste the dust of the gravel roads, and call up the distinct smells of the barns. more
“It’s simple, we’re harvesting the sun for energy,” says Billie Danner, 55. “Corn is energy for animals, machines and people … solar is just energy for the planet, another harvest.” more
Scott County’s zoning commissioners say they want clarification from county supervisors who rejected the commission’s recommendation for new homes on land the county has reserved nearly 40 years for commercial development more
Top dollar in 2018 was $32,907 per acre paid by Silverthorne Development to Steve Zelle for 16.15 acres at the southeast corner of Holland Road and North 15th Street, in LeClaire Township. Silverthorne is a company owned by Jim Work, of LeClaire, with offices in LeClaire and DeKalb, Ill. more
Scott County farmland sales slowed in 2018, with fewer than 2,200 acres changing hands, just half of the volume recorded in 2013. more
Scott County farmland values continue to top all Iowa counties according to the Iowa State University Extension Service statewide survey that shows values dropping another fraction for the fourth time in five years. more
Rabbits and deer have been browsing on trees and shrubs in windbreaks, home orchards and landscape plantings over the last two months because of the extended period of snow cover across most of Iowa. The prognosis for the plants depends on the extent of damage. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists describe how to assess the damage. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or email hortline@iastate.edu. more
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Michael Naig promises to bring a ray of sunshine to Scott County March 28, despite soggy fields and grim flood forecasts threatening to keep farmers from fields. more
Winter weather makes gardeners in Iowa long for the growing season.  Scott County Extension is offering two webinars from Iowa State University locally at the Scott County Extension office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane in Bettendorf. more
Scott County FFA students participated in FFA day at the state capitol Feb. 14. more
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