KJAN Ag/Outdoor

From County extension to conservation to grain prices, we provide lots of information every day on KJAN.  Here is some of that information on the web too!  We hope you find it useful.

Beef cow management update to be held in Anita

Ag/Outdoor

August 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As interest increases in managing beef cows in dry lot or under roof management systems, local producers and veterinarians are asking Iowa State University for information comparing different systems. To address this interest and provide timely information and expertise, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has planned three cow facilities and management update sessions in southern Iowa.

Joe Sellers, extension beef specialist, said the sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Corydon; Monday, Sept. 9, in Anita; and Monday, Sept. 16, in Oskaloosa. All sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and include a meal provided by Farm Credit Services of America, the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State and local sponsors.

“We’re bringing Iowa State faculty and staff to present a variety of informational beef cow operation topics, from feeder calf market outlook to health management concerns and recommendations,” Sellers said. “Each location will cover the same topics by the same presenters.”

Sellers and fellow extension beef specialist Christopher Clark will present comparisons of three cow management systems, including pros and cons of each. Sellers also will talk with attendees about whether they can justify building a facility for wintering and calving cows. Clark will offer cattle health management recommendations. Lee Schulz, Iowa State University ag economist, will present information on feeder calf market outlook and cow-calf business prospects.

All three sessions are offered at no charge, but pre-registrations must be made by the Friday prior to the session to be attended. Session dates, specific locations and preregistration information are as follows.

  • Sept. 9, Anita, Anita Veterinary Clinic. Call Stuart-Anita Veterinary Clinics 515-523-1755 or 712-762-4193 by Friday, Sept. 6.

For more information, see the update sessions flyer on the Iowa Beef Center website at www.iowabeefcenter.org or contact Sellers at 641-203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu.

Leash on Life 08-29-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Andrea Farrior and Chris Parks discuss the latest happenings at the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

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Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 08-29-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

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USDA Report 08-29-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin

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Iowa DNR warns about water levels in rivers, lakes

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials want visitors to Iowa’s rivers and lakes over the Labor Day weekend to monitor low water levels. The state Department of Natural Resources says water levels are nearly identical to levels measured during last year’s drought. As a result, some paddlers and tubers could end up doing some walking. Officials say people should check stream flows to make sure the water can support a canoe, kayak or tube. It will ensure paddlers and tubers don’t get stuck with a much longer trip than they planned.

EPA sued for scrapping livestock data collection

Ag/Outdoor

August 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental and animal welfare groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized the EPA to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms. The EPA dropped the rule in July 2012, saying it would get farm locations, waste management practices and number of animals on the properties from state and federal agencies.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Washington and claims that the EPA lacks the rational basis required by law to withdraw the rule. It also says the information is critical to enforcing the federal Clean Water Act. The EPA didn’t respond to messages.

The plaintiffs are The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

Silent auction to be held Friday through Monday, in Guthrie County

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Guthrie County 4-H will host a silent auction beginning Friday, August 30 in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Guthrie County Fair. Proceeds from the sale will help more than 200 4-H member participate in the local 4-H program.

Mollie Clark, County Youth Coordinator for Guthrie County ISU Extension & Outreach said “We are very lucky to have such a great 4-H program in Guthrie County and this benefits ALL of the members in our county.”

Items on the auction range include, but are not limited to: an electric grill; a large pizza each month for a year from Zipp’s Pizzaria in Adair; Cattlemen’s Cook Out, and Adirondack chairs. The Guthrie County Extension Office and Silent Auction Committee expresses its gratitude to all of the local individuals and businesses that have generously donated to help the 4-Her’s.

The silent auction will end on Monday, September 1st at noon.

Cass County Extension Report 08-28-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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Program provides access to 7,600 acres of private land to hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says eight new sites have been added to Iowa’s walk in public hunting access program, increasing the land available for hunting by nearly 600 acres. There are a total of 7,590 acres of private property on 48 sites available to hunters. The Iowa Hunting and Access Program (IHAP) is a partnership with Iowa landowners who agree to allow hunters access to the portion of their property enrolled in the program in exchange for habitat improvement on that land.

The newly enrolled land is spread across the state but all of the new sites are located in north central; an area of the state with the least amount of public hunting access sites in the past.  Hunting opportunities should be even greater this year as the habitat on the sites have had another year of development.  Site maps are available on the DNR’s website showing boundaries, which species would be most likely attracted to the habitat and the location of a comment box where hunters can leave their thoughts on the program.  Detailed information for each site can also be found on the hunting atlas http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/huntingatlas/.

Walk-in public hunting through IHAP is available between September 1st and May 31st. Areas are posted with signs, are regularly patrolled by Iowa DNR conservation officers and will be treated like public hunting ground, with the noted exception that it is private property. The DNR has a list of tips and guidelines hunters should follow and maps of the properties online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/PlacestoHuntShoot/HabitatAccessProgram.aspx

Iowa officials say campsites filling for Labor Day

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are reminding residents that time is running out to reserve a campsite for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The state Department of Natural Resources say campers must make their reservation no later than Wednesday if they want that a campsite with electricity at an Iowa state park. Campers can register online.

Campers who don’t register should arrive as early as possible to claim a campsite on a first-come, first served basis. Officials say flexible campers still have a few options available.