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Earlier this year, Oregon Democrats pushed through state legislation that allows local governments to require setbacks between neighbors and factory farming operations. The law prohibits farms from drawing unlimited amounts of free groundwater and requires farmers to apply for a permit before applying manure to their fields. more
A large swath of Iowa received rainfall this week reducing the days suitable for fieldwork to 5.3 during the week ending September 24, 2023, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. more
In January, subscribers to the American Society for Nutrition’s email listserv received an ad from the National Pork Board. The organization, which promotes the pork industry, wanted funding requests for research that would help “advance understanding” of pork’s role in “healthy diet patterns” and as an “environmentally sustainable protein.” more
McCarty’s Corner Farm and RaDar Farms will host National Alpaca Farm Days Sept. 23 and 24 at McCarty’s Corner Farm, 21060 240th St., Eldridge. Admission and parking are free. more
Farmers so far have reported average or better corn yields despite this year’s drought, according to Iowa State University Extension field agronomists. more
Forget about the color of the ribbons. more
Rilynn Buesing left the Mississippi Valley Fair Aug. 7, pumped up about showing the grand champion market hog and the reserve champion market gilt. more
Results from 2023 Mississippi Valley Fair 4-H and livestock competition more
Glimpses of the 2023 fair through the cameras of NSP editor Erin Gentz and managing editor Mark Ridolfi more
Rachel Ehlers has been crowned the 2023 Scott County Pork Queen. more
Iowa’s corn and soybean crops were buoyed last week by above-normal rainfall and are now in their best shape since the middle of June, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. more
Van Buren County has a trove of classic barns featured in this year’s Iowa Barn Foundation tour, June 24-25. more
The North Scott Agriculture spring banquet on May 7 celebrated a year of FFA achievements and successes, which included pulling off the banquet through a power outage. more
Safety first on the farm. That’s the lesson North Scott FFA students preached last week to dozens of classmates who have zero farm exposure. more
Generous weather conditions for field work last week allowed Iowa farmers to make substantial planting progress — they seeded about 41 percent of the state’s corn crop and about 33 percent of soybeans. more
Lawmakers delivered on the Iowa Farm Bureau’s top priority: Strict limits on property tax increases, with more public votes on big capital projects, whether town councils or county boards borrow or not. more
Corn planting in Iowa is roughly on schedule this year and is 11 days ahead of last year, when planting was significantly delayed by rain in much of the state. more
North Scott FFA students participated in three science fairs this year, with 10 students advancing to national FFA Agriscience Fair, and freshmen Jordan Jones and Kaitlyn Knepper becoming North Scott’s first international qualifiers. more
A robust farm economy, soil health and land values are topics that will drive discussion at the 95th annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference May 17 in Ames. more
McCausland’s best-kept secret has quietly been growing on the edge of town for more than 30 years. more
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