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USDA Report 8-31-2017

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August 31st, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Denny Heflin.


NW Iowa manure spill affects local creek

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August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KINGSLEY, IA – Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources report a manure spill from a sow facility in Plymouth County Tuesday afternoon, reached a small creek about four miles northwest of Kingsley. The spill, which occurred over the weekend, came from the Kingsley Sow Facility, managed by Dave Wittry.

Authorities don’t know how much manure spilled. The unnamed stream has low flows, is very small and there were no fish in it. DNR staff found low dissolved oxygen levels in the stream, but no evidence that the manure had reached Johns Creek about one mile downstream.

Wittry reported that most of the manure was captured by a berm near the facility. He will pump manure from the tributary and land apply it. The DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup progress and consider appropriate enforcement action.

Cass County Extension Report 8-30-2017

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August 30th, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


USDA Designates 10 Counties in Iowa as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Missouri

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August 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2017 — In response to a request from Bob Wegand, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Iowa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Clarke, Decatur, Jefferson, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Union, Wapello, Warren and Wayne counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in other counties in Iowa also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Area counties included are:

Adair; Adams; Dallas; Guthrie; Ringgold and Taylor.

All counties listed were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 25, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for 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 EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

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 http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Congressman King suspects Trump’s NAFTA ‘termination’ talk a negotiating tactic

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August 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says President Trump’s recent remarks about the North American Free Trade Agreement may be a negotiating tactic. Trump said this past Tuesday that he doubts negotiations with Mexico and Canada will succeed and he will “probably” terminate NAFTA.

“I think the president’s got a negotiating maneuver here when he said he may just cancel it,” King says. “But, in the end, I think that may just be a piece of leverage that gets us a little better deal.” During the 2016 campaign, Trump routinely called NAFTA the worst trade deal in American history. This past Tuesday, Trump said he didn’t think the U.S. can strike a deal with Canada and Mexico “because we have been so badly taken advantage of.” King says it’s remarkable the two countries agreed to re-negotiate terms of the deal.

“I thought that Mexico and Canada would say: ‘We have a treaty. Let’s keep it. We don’t want to talk,'” King says. “I was surprised they would agree to begin those negotiations, but they did and that tells you something about the power of the United States not only in this continent, but in the hemisphere and in the world.” Officials from Canada and Mexico met with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. last week. The next round of negotiations are scheduled to start in September 1st in Mexico City. King says the “door is open” to a “reasonable renegotiation” of NAFTA.

“My counsel to the president is: ‘If you can help agriculture, help agriculture. Don’t hurt it. If you can help our manufacturing, help us. Don’t hurt us,'” King says. “But on balance, NAFTA has been good for the state of Iowa. It’s been good for agriculture. It’s been good for our manufacturing industries that we have here and much of the manufacturing industry in the country.” But King says some segments of the economy have been hit by the trade deal, particularly in southern states. NAFTA has been in place since 1994.

(Radio Iowa)

Huge Sioux City plant slaughters first hogs as opening nears

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August 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – After nearly two years of construction, the first hogs have been slaughtered at a giant Sioux City pork plant that is eventually expected to employ 2,000 people and process 21,000 hogs a day. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott told the Sioux City Journal that Seaboard Triumph Foods processed about 100 hogs Wednesday as crews test equipment ahead of a Sept. 5 opening.

The company plans to start a single shift with up to 900 production workers in the 925,000-square foot plant. Initially, the plant will have a capacity of slaughtering 10,500 hogs daily. The $300 million plant was announced in May 2015.

Seaboard Triumph plans to hire a second shift by next summer, bringing total employment to about 2,000 workers who could slaughter about 6 million hogs annually.

Conservation Report 08-26-2017

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August 26th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Chris Parks speaks with DNR Conservation Officer Grant Gelle about the great outdoors. Hunter education classes, dove season, teal season, and rabbit/squirrel season are topics this week.


35th Annual Carstens Farm Days: Don’t Miss The Action!


August 25th, 2017 by Chris Parks

A new display honoring the memory of “Past Friends of the Farm” is installed by Mel Hursey (left) and Del Von Eschen, Shelby. Carstens 1880 Farmstead will be open for all to see during the 2017 edition of Carstens Farm Days which takes place September 9 & 10, 2017.

SHELBY – Iowa farm history will come to life September 9 & 10 at Carstens Farm during the 35th Annual Carstens Farm Days.  Threshing, sawmill operations, crafters and vendors, a quilt show and of course, tractors.  The Farm abounds with something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Horse, steam and gas power

Come see steam engines powering antique threshing machines, antique machinery, a parade, crafts, and entertainment.  Over two hundred restored antique tractors will be on display.  The original Carstens farm buildings will be open for tours.  The buildings will be alive with demonstrations that will bring back memories for older visitors and teach valuable history lessons to young people.

Food for all

An evening pork loin sandwich dinner will be hosted by the Shelby Stone Arch Trail Committee.  Proceeds of the Friday evening dinner will go to the trail committee.

All good days begin with a good breakfast and to start Farm Days off right, a pancake breakfast is planned at 6:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  Snacks and lunch options will also be available.  Various non-profit local groups will be offering refreshments and delicious desserts all weekend.

On Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. enjoy Staley’s Chicken for a delicious dinner at the farm.  Proceeds from the dinner will go toward on-going maintenance at Carstens 1880 Farmstead.

John Deere Featured

John Deere GP & D will be the tractors featured during Farm Days.  All John Deere tractors & equipment owners are invited to bring their exhibits to display throughout the weekend.

Horsepower-testing, sawmill operations and field demonstrations will occupy tractor exhibitors all day.  Nearly 250 pieces of vintage equipment were on display during the 2016 Farm Days show.  Visitors will enjoy watching most of the restored tractors as they go through the parade each afternoon at 2 p.m.

Quilt Show

A colorful display of quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and other types of quilting projects will be featured in the special event building at the farm.  Many talented quilters from around the area will allow their works of art to be displayed for all to enjoy.  Even if you have never displayed a quilt before, consider joining the fun and bringing a quilt to display.  Exhibitors are asked to deliver their quilts on Friday, September 8.    For details about the quilt show or to inquire about adding your quilt to the collection, please call Jan Hursey at 712-544-2662 or Marilyn Evans at 712-544-2266.

Raffle tickets for the beautiful hand-stitched quilt, which will be raffled during Farm Days will be available during the quilt show.  This quilt, pieced by Marilyn Evans and Jan Hursey of Shelby, will be a featured part of the quilt show.  “Area quilters added quilt blocks of their own creation to make this quilt,” says Jan Hursey, Shelby.  “It is a one-of-a-kind, very special quilt.  It’s a new version of a “neighborhood quilt’ that were quilted locally years ago.”

Crafts galore

In case visitors run out of vintage tractors and other pieces of equipment to look at, there will be over fifty crafters and vendors on hand.  A wide array of crafts will be available.  From unique wooden creations to homemade jams and jellies, there will be something for everyone.

A very healthy crop of farm-grown potatoes will also be available for purchase.  Proceeds from the sale of potatoes will help make improvements to the farmstead.


Sunday Worship

On Sunday morning a non-denominational worship service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Carstens home.  Everyone is welcome to join in the worship service.


Admission is $5 per day for everyone nine years and older.

Seniors encouraged to get lifetime public lands pass before rate increase

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August 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Now is the time for Seniors to get their America the Beautiful — The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Lifetime Senior Pass.  The price of the pass is set to increase from $10 to $80 on August 28th as result of the National Park Service Centennial Act.

The Act will also raise the rate of an annual pass for senior citizens to $20. Four annual passes may be traded in for a lifetime pass at that point as well.

The price is being increased to better align with the regular lifetime pass price and to help fund upkeep and projects at parks across the country. The pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six Federal agencies. The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for traveling companions.

USDA Report 8-24-2017

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August 24th, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Max Dirks.