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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Friday, August 17

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 17th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .46″
  • Elk Horn  .01″
  • Kirkman  .21″
  • Logan  .44″
  • Carroll  .4″
  • Council Bluffs  .2″

Governor’s Charity Steer Show supports Ronald McDonald House Charities with record setting sale


August 17th, 2018 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, IA – Records were broken at the 36th annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show, which raised over $294,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. This year’s event featured the highest selling auction. The money raised benefits the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City. All of the houses are located near hospitals and provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children.

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction, which was hosted by Governor Kim Reynolds on August 11, 2018 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.

Posted County Prices 8/17/18


August 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.12, Beans $7.94
Adair County: Corn $3.09, Beans $7.97
Adams County: Corn $3.09, Beans $7.93
Audubon County: Corn $3.11, Beans $7.96
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.15, Beans $7.94
Guthrie County: Corn $3.14, Beans $7.98
Montgomery County: Corn $3.14, Beans $7.96
Shelby County: Corn $3.15, Beans $7.94

Oats $2.51 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

Breakfast with the Birds program this Saturday in Atlantic

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August 17th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Cass County Conservation is hosting their “Breakfast with the Birds” program this Saturday at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic. The program will be held at the Camblin’s Addition Shelter beginning at 9:00am with free will donations being accepted. Kay Neuman, rehabilitator and Educator at Saving Our Avian Resources will show and discuss several of her permanently injured birds. They are hoping to have a bird that is fully recovered and ready to release back into the wild. Cass County Conservation hopes you will join them to support raptors and education.

Farmland Leasing Meetings offered in the area by ISU Extension

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August 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Farmland owners and tenants have an opportunity to get valuable information at a series of Farmland Leasing Meetings hosted by Iowa State University Extension. The workshops are 2 and a half hours in length and will cover topics that include current land value and cash rental rates, types of farm lease arrangements, determining a fair cash rent, strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease, economic outlook, and other resources.  Iowa State University Extension Regional Education Director Alan Ladd said the meetings are very timely with deadlines coming up.

Meetings in our area are coming up on August 23rd in Carson and Shenandoah and August 24th in Mount Ayr and Humeston. One meeting has already been held in Greenfield. Ladd said the same information will be covered at each site.

Ladd wanted to stress that these meetings are not just for current land owners.

Attendees are asked to register at least 2 days prior to the meeting they plan to attend and there is a registration fee.

The meeting in Carson is August 23rd at 9:00am at the Carson Community Center, 316 S. Commercial Street. The Shenandoah meeting is August 23rd at 1:30pm at the Shenandoah Public Library, 201 S. Elm Street. The Mount Ayr meeting will take place August 24th at 9:00am at the Ringgold County Extension Office, 101 North Polk. A meeting in Humeston will be held on August 24th at 2:00pm in the Humeston Community Center on Broad Street. Register by calling the County Extension Office hosting the workshop or 641-673-5841.

Top Iowa State Fair concession food for 2018? Apple Egg Roll

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August 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — People attending the Iowa State Fair have selected the Apple Egg Roll as the best new concession food for 2018.

A panel of celebrity judges named three finalists from which to choose: the Apple Egg Roll from Applishus, the All Iowa Belly Up Burger from The Rib Shack and the Brown Sugar Pork Belly on a Stick from Iowa Pork Producers.

Fairgoers tried the three and voted from Aug. 9 through Tuesday, and the winner was the Apple Egg Roll.

Apple Egg Rolls are two crispy egg roll wrappers filled with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with caramel sauce for dipping.

Operation ReLeaf trees available to Alliant Energy customers

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August 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES – Alliant Energy residential customers can purchase landscaping trees for their homes at a deep discount this fall. Customers may reserve up to two trees per address and pick them up at Operation ReLeaf events in Cerro Gordo, Decatur, Hamilton, Linn, Poweshiek, and Winneshiek counties in October.

Operation ReLeaf is an energy-efficiency program from Alliant Energy that helps customers save energy by using trees to shade their homes from the summer sun and winter winds. For maximum energy efficiency, trees should be planted within 30 feet of the east and west sides of the house. Evergreens should be planted as a windbreak on the north and west sides.

“We enjoy trees for their beauty and environmental benefits, and they can become a family legacy,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “When you plant a tree as a family and get the kids involved, it can be fun and meaningful. Ten, 15 years later, you can look back and see how it’s grown and changed with you.”

Operation ReLeaf makes high-quality landscaping trees affordable. The trees retail for $65 to $125 each, but are available for just $25 through Operation ReLeaf on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is a great way for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price,” said Jeff Goerndt, state forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

For best results from your planting projects, the DNR recommends variety. “Planting a diverse mix of trees on your property and in your neighborhood will reduce the likelihood of losing a large number of trees to forest health threats,” said Goerndt.

Operation ReLeaf is an Alliant Energy program administered by the Iowa DNR with assistance from local partners. Order forms and tree species are available at alliantenergy.com/releaf.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Thursday, August 16

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 16th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .04″
  • 2 miles NW of Atlantic  .25″
  • Anita  1.4″
  • Manning  1.29″
  • Guthrie Center  .17″
  • Logan  .71″
  • Missouri Valley  .45″
  • Council Bluffs  .18″

USDA Designates 25 Counties in Missouri as Primary Natural Disaster Areas, Support in Eight Iowa Counties

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August 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2018 — Agricultural producers in Missouri who suffered losses and damages due to recent drought on two separate occasions may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.

Drought: 19 counties

For the recent drought, the Secretary has designated Andrew, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Randolph, Ray, Saline and Sullivan counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Adair, Atchison, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Clay, Cooper, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Knox, Lafayette, Monroe, Pettis, Platte, Putnam, Shelby and Worth in Missouri, along with Decatur, Page, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne counties in Iowa, and Doniphan County in Kansas, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Drought:  Six counties

For the recent drought, the Secretary has designated Adair, Buchanan, Howard, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Andrew, Boone, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Cooper, DeKalb, Knox, Linn, Macon, Mercer, Platte, Randolph, Saline and Sullivan in Missouri, along with Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren and Wayne counties in Iowa, and Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in all designated primary and contiguous counties will have until April 1, 2019, to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

Maquoketa Caves State Park set to reopen Aug. 24

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August 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Officials say Maquoketa (muh-KOH’-keh-tuh) Caves State Park will reopen Aug. 24.

The eastern Iowa park’s been closed for more than three months while undergoing extensive renovations.

The renovations include resurfacing the road through the park, new trail boardwalks and upgraded electric service at campsites.