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Rep. King skeptical of USDA requiring reporting of PEDV


June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King is raising concerns about the U-S-D-A’s plans for the mandatory reporting of a virus that’s striking hog herds called P-E-D-V, or porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. King, a Republican, says he’s not sure the federal reporting program will achieve the desired results or that all producers will comply. King says, “The regulation has been brought down and to the extent that we can work with our state veterinarian and our vets within the state and to the extent that they can sell this to our producers is the extent it’s going to be effective.”

Producers have supported reporting and control programs for other diseases, like psuedorabies, and the end result was eradication of the disease, so King remains hopeful. He says another concern is the possibility producer confidentiality will be breached and the information collected by the U-S-D-A could be used against the pork industry.”I’m also concerned about the federal records that might be compiled by this order,” King says, “and do we have protection for our producers or are we going to see animal rights people come in here and capitalize on this particular disease.”

U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about the need for heightened border security, which King says may hint that the agency believes that’s how P-E-D-V was introduced into the U-S. King spoke at the World Pork Expo this week in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

Hog farm expansions stimulate debate in Iowa


June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The debate between urban and rural interests in the state continues to play out as hog farms expand to keep up with strong demand for pork and manure. The Des Moines Register reports the debate may intensify in the next year because hog producers may expand herds to replace hogs lost to a deadly disease and take advantage of higher.

At the same time, activist groups like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will continue protesting hog farm expansions because of concerns about the environment and impact on neighbors. In rural Dallas County, Rob Manning is building a barn to hold 2,500 hogs.

Manning’s neighbor Eric Wessels worries about what the new hog barn and its odor will mean for his family’s quality of life.

Vilsack announces money to fight deadly pig virus


June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says hog producers will be required to report a deadly pig virus to veterinarians as part of an increased effort from the federal government to fight the disease. Vilsack said Thursday at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines that the federal government would pump $26 million into fighting PEDv, also known as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The disease has killed about 10 percent of the country’s hog inventory over the past year.

The Des Moines Register reports producers will be required to report when they’re affected by the disease. They’ll also be expected to develop a biosecurity management plan to monitor and control their respective farms. The funding could include an additional $4 million to research a vaccine for the disease.

Greenfield native awarded conservation internship

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) say Greenfield native Jared Baier will be spending his summer outdoors, helping to preserve and restore Iowa’s natural beauty through a unique internship program. The INHF selected Baier and nine other students from Iowa colleges as statewide land stewardship interns for the summer of 2014. Baier is a graduate of Nodaway Valley High School. He is majoring in forestry at Iowa State University and expects to graduate in December 2014.

INHF looks for college students who possess a passion for conservation and a desire to learn hands-on techniques for preserving Iowa’s natural areas. Baier said “This is a great hands on experience that will help further my career in the future.” INHF chooses its land stewardship interns based on their dedication to conservation and their devotion to restoring the state’s natural places.

Erin Van Waus, INHF land stewardship director, said “The interns help INHF achieve its goal of restoring rare and special native habitats throughout Iowa, and the enthusiasm and expertise each intern brings to the position is priceless.” The internship program allows INHF to increase its capacity to do high-quality restoration while offering the students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

Baier’s internship is sponsored by the estate of Richard “Sandy” Rhodes II, an INHF member from eastern Iowa known as a prairie restoration enthusiast. INHF is a nonprofit, conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 130,000 acres of Iowa’s wild places.

Storm damages western Iowa recreation area

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resource says storm damage will delay the reopening of a western Iowa recreation area. The DNR announced Thursday that the Wilson Island State Recreation Area won’t reopen until mid-summer because of severe storms that hit the northwest Pottawattamie County park Tuesday. The storm included baseball-sized hail, high winds and 4 inches of rain.

Damage included 11 broken windows in the park office, which also had damage to its siding and roof. About 30 cottonwood trees also were uprooted. The park has been closed since flooding in 2011 caused extensive damage.

Farmers Market coupons available for eligible older Iowa residents & WIC recipients

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans. The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through October 31st, 2014. FMNPfa2

Northey says “Iowa has great fresh fruits and vegetables that can be found at farmers markets throughout the state and these programs are designed to give WIC participants and low-income seniors better access to these fresh and nutritious foods.”  The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are administered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each. The program is implementing two changes for the 2014 season. This year checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible individuals may pick up checks at arranged appointments or at regularly scheduled clinic appointments. A second change this year is that checks will be distributed on a statewide basis. Previously, checks were only distributed in 68 of Iowa’s 99 counties, but this year the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Public Health have broadened the distribution to include the entire state.

The state’s twenty local WIC agencies have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. WIC recipients interested in obtaining the benefits are encouraged to contact their local WIC clinic or visit www.idph.state.ia.us/wic/ for more information.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with ten checks for $3 each. Applicants throughout the state are offered the checks on a first-come first-served basis and the checks are available through Area Agency on Aging offices. A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 20,000 eligible seniors this year.

Eligible seniors must be sixty years of age or older with a household income less than $21,590 if single or $29,101 for a married couple. Iowa seniors will be asked to complete a one page application verifying their eligibility, by providing their birth dates and the last four digits of their social security numbers.

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. To find an Area Agency on Aging near you, contact the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) toll free at 866-468-7887 or at www.i4a.org.

USDA Report 06-05-2014

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

June 5th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Dave York


Cass County Extension Report 06-04-2014

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

June 4th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


Gnats pretty nasty stuff

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Gnats appear to be especially plentiful this spring in Iowa, annoying residents and potentially endangering some animals. Ken Holscher, an Iowa State University entomologist, tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that gnats are usually common in spring along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, but they appear to be more plentiful in central parts of Iowa.

That seems clear to Sara Swanson, who farms near the southeast Iowa city of Riverside. Swanson says last week, gnats killed four turkeys she was raising. The tiny bugs plugged the birds’ nostrils and suffocated them.

Holscher says there is little people can do to ward off gnats, which are especially plentiful on sunny, calm days. He notes, though, that they should largely disappear within a couple weeks. Unfortunately, they’ll be replaced by mosquitoes.

ISU Feedlot School Offered at Armstrong Farm


June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) and the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) are preparing for the ISU Feedlot School to be held this summer at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis,. The educational series will include information about numerous aspects of feedlot management including record keeping, risk management, animal health, nutrition, environmental stewardship, and animal handling.ISU Extension

Chris Clark, ISUEO beef field specialist, says “The curriculum should be educational for anyone involved in the day to day management of a feedlot.” The program will feature several speakers from Iowa State University including Lee Schulz, ISU Livestock Economist; Shane Ellis, Farm Management Field Specialist; Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center Director; and Jan Shearer, Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.

Other highlights will include a low-stress cattle handling demonstration, BQA presentation and certification, a field trip to Ames to visit the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Animal Science Department, and more. The series kicks off on Thursday, June 12 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center/Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, with a presentation on record keeping with the updated version of IBC’s Feedlot Monitoring Program.

Clark says they “Plan to have computers for participants to use so they can actually practice with the program and get a feel for setting things up and inputting data.” Garland Dahlke from the IBC will then help participants input a group of research cattle that will be fed at the farm, allowing for the animals to be tracked through the entire feeding period.

The June 12 date will also feature a presentation on risk management strategies from ISU Livestock Economist Lee Schulz. ” Future topics include animal health management, starting cattle on feed, environmental stewardship including an update on the EPA/DNR work plan, animal handling, feedlot audits, and much more.

The six-part series meets twice in June, and then once a month July through October. The registration fee is $150 for the entire series. For more information or to register please contact Chris Clark caclark@iastate.edu or Leann Plowman-Tibken leann@iastate.edu at (712) 769-2600.