KJAN Ag/Outdoor

Rev up those tractors, National FFA Week starts this weekend

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Thousands of Iowa F-F-A members will be celebrating National F-F-A Week, starting Saturday and all next week. Scott Johnson, executive director of the Iowa F-F-A Association, says these young people are tomorrow’s leaders of America’s number-one industry, agriculture. Drive Your Tractor to School Day remains one of the organization’s most popular events in Iowa — and one of the most visible. “I remember from my experiences teaching, it was always weather-pending,” Johnson says. “If FFA Week happened to be colder, Drive Your Tractor to School Day would almost always occur but sometimes it didn’t occur during FFA Week. You had to wait for it to be warmer for those old diesel engines to be able to fire up and survive a day in the open parking lot.”

F-F-A membership in Iowa hit an all-time high last year with more than 15-thousand-400 students wearing the familiar blue jackets. Johnson says membership has continued to grow over the past several years. “We’ve experienced about a 20% growth in membership,” Johnson says. “When I started in this position in 2012, we were right around 12,000 to 12,300. Now, we’re at 15,000.” The number of chapters statewide last year hit 242, which was also a record, one Johnson hopes to again surpass this year. The Iowa F-F-A Association provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education, what he says is a growing field. “We see a few schools that are adding a second ag instructor,” Johnson says. “We continue to see schools adding new programs. We look forward to the opportunity to bring on-board a number of chapters for the 2019-2020 school year.”

The week gives members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture through events including: service activities, appreciation breakfasts, dress-up days and Agricultural Olympics.

(on the web at IowaFFA.com)

Posted County Grain Prices 2/15/2019


February 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.36, Beans $8.15
Adair County: Corn $3.33, Beans $8.18
Adams County: Corn $3.33, Beans $8.14
Audubon County: Corn $3.35, Beans $8.17
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.39, Beans $8.15
Guthrie County: Corn $3.38, Beans $8.19
Montgomery County: Corn $3.38, Beans $8.17
Shelby County: Corn $3.39, Beans $8.15

Oats $2.55 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the area FSA Offices)

Cass County Extension Report 2-13-2019

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

February 13th, 2019 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


Iowa man accused of letting cattle die of starvation

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 12th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — South-central Iowa authorities are investigating after dozens of head of cattle were found starved to death on property near Osceola. The Des Moines Register reports that the farmer who was supposed to be caring for the cattle could face charges. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office says about 40 to 50 dead cattle were found Friday on a property about 4 miles west of Osceola. Chief Deputy Lucas Darby says a local veterinarian told authorities the animals appeared to have starved to death.

Darby says the farmer was tending to the property but did not own the land on which the cattle were found. Officials say someone reported the dead animals to authorities.

Fishing license sales dropped in 2018

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

February 12th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A spokesman for the Iowa D-N-R, Mick Klemesrude says the sale of fishing licenses was down a bit in 2018. “I think if you look back we had kind of a really strange spring where I think we had snow all the way into middle April,” Klemesrude says. “And when you have some of those crazy fluctuations in temperatures we tend to not see some of the license sales that you would have if you have a nice, steady spring.”

There were 201-thousand-765 annual licenses sold — while some people decided to buy a three-year hunting or fishing license. Klemesrude says they sold 75-hundred of those type of fishing licenses, which he says is right around average. They sell anywhere form two to three thousand of the hunting licenses each year. The fees for hunting and fishing licenses went up starting January 1st and Klemesrude says they aren’t sure how that might impact sales. “We tried to do it as way where we don’t have sticker shock. We tried to keep all of those below a 20-percent increase,” according to Klemesrude. “We think Iowans will absorb that cost and keep going out there and enjoying everything.”

He says it has been 15 or more years since they raised the prices and most anglers and hunters supported the increase — because they know it will help them. “Our hunting and fishing areas are supported by license fees and the people who purchase those licenses, so its a benefit that goes right back to the user,” Klemesrude says. The D-N-R also offers a lifetime hunting or fishing license for anyone over the age of 65. “Those are pretty steady sales, and we would always joke with them that you have to make three to three-and-a-half years and you are ahead of the game,” Klemesrude says.

There were around 75-hundred lifetime fishing licenses sold in 2018 and nearly three-thousand lifetime hunting licenses.

Local 24-Hour Snowfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, February 12

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

February 12th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  2.9″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  1.7″
  • Massena  3.5″
  • Corning  2.8″
  • Audubon  1″
  • Carroll  1″
  • Manning  1″
  • New Market  6.5″
  • Underwood  1.8″
  • Logan  1.5″
  • Denison  3″
  • Shenandoah  3″
  • Clarinda  3″
  • Council Bluffs  4.5″

5th Annual Women Gaining Ground Conference on Saturday, March 9 in Glenwood


February 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Area women who embrace the rural lifestyle are invited to attend the 5th Annual Women Gaining Ground Conference on Saturday, March 9 in Glenwood. This event is brought to you by Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa and is a one-day summit designed to be fun and empowering for women from all walks of life. The conference will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. Once you have arrived, you will be treated to a yogurt bar, muffins, and plenty of coffee. You will also be invited to visit with the many vendors ranging from non-profit ag-related organizations, to unique local entrepreneurs like Lindy’s Laine, Down Home Creations, and Denim Do-overs.

Starting at 9:00, Deadra Stanton, this year’s keynote speaker, will take the stage. Deadra, a former English teacher, has inspired thousands of people across the United States with her humorous stories of life lessons. In her opener, she promises to “make you laugh until you cry!”  Following Deadra’s keynote presentation, Melanie Bruck, the Education Program Coordinator for Loess Hills Ag in the Classroom, will share her passion for building a foundation of Ag literacy through a presentation about the impact of food labeling on marketing and consumer perceptions.

From there, participants will choose three breakout sessions from a variety of relevant topics including:

  • The Power of the Screen, presented by Tiffany Pinkerton, a Prevention Specialist with Heartland Family Services. Tiffani will help us understand how screen time affects brain development while sharing what games kids are playing, the latest brain research, and tips for improving screen time for everyone.
  • Battle of the Beetles by Shirley Miller, Horticulture Program Assistant with ISU Extension and Outreach Mills County, will help us figure out what can be done about Japanese Beetles! Shirley will share strategies for protecting flowers, gardens and yards from this invasive little bug!
  • Crafting with Kids will teach us how to be the best grandma on the block, just like its presenter, Carol Tedder! She will show us how to keep our cool while being cooped up with the kids by using common household items to encourage creativity.
  • Working with Wool will demonstrate both wet and needle felting while offering a chance to try it. LouAnne Thompson is excited to introduce the fun and creative world of working with wool and other animal hair to her audience.
  • Diets of Today will feature Jennifer Bass, the Food and Nutrition Manager at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Jennifer, a registered and licensed dietician, will break down the pros and cons of current diet trends and share her expert recommendations for ideal nutrition.
  • Know Thyself will lead participants through activities and discussions aimed at better understanding yourself. Tina Bakehouse is a Keirsey Temperament Professional and public speaker.

It’s Time to Grow Up! Betsy Maryott, Mills County Master Gardener, is excited to share the pros and cons of vertical gardening through her own successes and failures in “growing up!” She will also identify resources to help you get started. Knowledge is Pow-Her is a financial workshop designed specifically for women. It will be presented by Denise and Daniel Miller of Miller Financial Group, Inc. Stop the Bleed, led by Katie Morse, Trauma Coordinator with CHI Health Mercy Hospital, will help participants learn the skills and basic tools to save lives in uncontrolled bleeding emergencies such as loss of limb and puncture wounds.
Getting Away without Going Too Far will be presented by Lisa and Tim Trudell. They are authors and bloggers based in Omaha and specializing in short-distance get-aways, perfect for busy farm families or retirees who don’t like to stray too far from the comforts of home!

Self-Defense Basics, taught by Officers Macy Arman and Kim Juarez from the Shenandoah Police Department, will equip you with basic self-defense skills and tips for staying safe in uncertain situations. Flower Power gives us the opportunity to learn from a pro. Jayna Guehlstorff from Jayna’s Country Store & Gardens will teach us how to cut and handle fresh flowers to keep them looking beautiful longer. She will also cover basic design principles and techniques that can be applied to all florals-fresh, fake or dried!

Lunch will feature one of the area’s best local caterers, Katy’s Catering of the Tabor/Glenwood area. A long break will allow plenty of time for shopping with the amazing vendors that will be on-hand, and networking with the many fascinating women who will attend. At the end of the day, participants will make their way back to the auditorium where the planning committee will distribute door prizes, and one lucky woman will win the $100 Early Bird Cash Prize! Sandy Hansen and Spencer Williams will close the conference with their special brand of positivity, affirmations, and tips for living your best life. The event is expected to end by 4:30.

Registration forms are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/fremont, or in any of the Extension offices in East Pottawattamie, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page or West Pottawattamie counties.  Register by February 22 to be eligible for a chance to win $100 CASH!  All registrations are due by March 1.  Special accommodations, including dietary needs, must be requested in advance.  Any questions can be directed to Fremont County ISU Extension at (712) 374-2351; Mills County ISU Extension at (712) 624-8616; or Montgomery County ISU Extension at (712) 623-2592. Vendor spots are still available and vendor registrations will be accepted until March 1.  Vendors can download the form at www.extension.iastate.edu/fremont.

Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) is an education and outreach program designed to educate and empower women.  Three to four programs are presented each year to bring relevant information and resources to local women to help them affect positive changes in their communities.  WLL of Southwest Iowa serves the counties of East Pott, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and West Pott.  Its programs are available to all.

DNR to recap hunting seasons, discuss possible rule changes at public meetings across the state

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

February 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested. Todd Bishop, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau, says “We want people to come out to these meetings, listen to the hunting seasons reviews, ask questions and hear directly from our staff. Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing potential rule changes and collecting feedback as we work through the rules process.”

The meetings are open to the public. Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

These meetings replace the one night listening session held in late winter over the past 15 years. In our area, the meetings will be held:

  • In Creston, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College
  • In Sac City, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970 280th Street
  • And in Council Bluffs, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements, such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments, should contact the Iowa DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.

Sweethearts Snowshoe & Owl Prowl Hikes set for Feb. 15th/16th

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding Sweethearts Snowshoe Hike. The Sweetheart Snowshoe Hike will be held at the Pellett Memorial Woods outside of Atlantic, IA on Friday, February 15th 2019 at 7 PM. Come out for a great night hike, who knows what nature has waiting for us then! Snowshoes (variety of sizes) will be available. Drive the short drive and hike off that dinner! The event WILL be CANCELLED with “NO SNOW!”

Owl Prowl Hike
The Cass County Conservation Board is holding Owl Prowl Hike. The Owl Prowl hike will be held at the Pellett Memorial Woods Park north of Atlantic, IA on Saturday February 16th 2019 at 7 PM. Come out for a great night hike, who knows what nature has waiting for us then! We will hike and try to call in various species of Owls that may be in the park that night! All ages welcome!

Seed Treatment Course Scheduled for Feb. 27


February 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The local attendance site is the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach Office at 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, IA 51566. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 20 and $45 after Feb. 20. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Katie Hart at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Montgomery County by phoning (712) 623-2592.

The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 4 and 10. Topics to be covered include recognition of sensitive areas as potentially impacted by pesticides, pests, pest management, and pesticides, pesticide labels, and seed treatment equipment. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Interested participants should bring their CCA number to the program.

Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered by the PSEP team can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PSEP/.