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Shelby County Fire Danger index “Low” through at least Thursday

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March 6th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with Fire Chiefs in Shelby County, has begun to issue their bi-weekly, local outdoor fire danger updates. The updates will continue until ground conditions improve. As of Monday, the Fire Danger in Shelby County was “Low.”  The next update will be on Thursday.

Atlantic Fire Chief strongly advises no outdoor/open burning in Cass County!

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March 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees, today (Friday), said in a statement, “Due to the forecast of increasingly high winds in the next few days, we are advising NO BURNING of any type in and around Atlantic, or for that matter, in Cass County. Fire danger conditions will worsen as winds dry out vegetation. Even though it may appear conditions are favorable due to recent precipitation, it will quickly become a greater hazard. Winds will make any type of wildland fire difficult to control and will spread quickly to many areas that are virtually inaccessible due to the wet soil conditions, hampering firefighters gaining access.”

McNees said also, “Burning of trash in burn barrels will also be a risk and is not advised. As always, anyone wishing to burn at anytime is asked to contact their local fire chief for consultation. Several departments are trained to conduct controlled prescribed burns should landowners need to do mid management burns, or simply wish to clear areas of their land.”

Jury awards nearly $1.2M to man injured by gas in hog barn

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) — A man felled by toxic gas inside a northwest Iowa hog confinement barn has won nearly $1.2 million for his injuries. An O’Brien County jury hearing the lawsuit trial found property owner Patrick Probst negligent for the 2014 incident and Tuesday awarded Thomas Mook the money.

Probst had been pumping manure from a pit under the barn Mook was power washing Oct. 16, 2014. The pumping caused hydrogen sulfide to be released. Mook contended the barn had not been adequately ventilated before he arrived the next morning to continue the work.

Mook was overcome when he entered the barn office. He subsequently was hospitalized and underwent two years of physical therapy. His attorney says Mook suffered two strokes resulting in brain damage that left him with partial short-term memory loss.

CCCB hosts Native Landscaping Program March 10th

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March 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board will hold a “Native Landscaping” program, next week. Naturalist Lora Kanning says the program will be held at the Atlantic Public Library Community Room in Atlantic, on March 10th, beginning at Noon. The program is FREE, and all ages welcome. Conservation staff we discuss different Native plants, and how to incorporate them into your yard. Discover how to use native plants in your yard, by attending the meeting at Noon, on March 10th.

Iowa Deputy Ag Secretary Mike Naig named new ag secretary

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March 1st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Iowa’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig as the state’s new agriculture secretary. Reynolds made the announcement Thursday. Naig will replace Bill Northey, who was confirmed on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Naig, who has been deputy agriculture secretary since 2013, will serve the remainder of Northey’s term, which runs through January. Reynolds says Naig has the “experience, knowledge and staff connections necessary” for the post.

Naig says he plans to build “on the momentum that has been created on water quality and accelerating our adoption of conservation practices.”

John Deere leaders address tax reform & huge quarterly loss

Ag/Outdoor

March 1st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Tax reform and how it will affect the bottom line were topics addressed at Wednesday’s John Deere annual meeting in the Quad Cities. Sam Allen, chair and C-E-O of Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer, was asked about the 900-million dollar hit Deere reported in its first quarter earnings due to tax reform. Deere spokesman Ken Golden says in the long run, the drop in federal taxes will be good for the company, for Deere dealers and for farmers. “Each year until the new tax reform law went into effect, depreciation was an annual decision,” Golden says. “We saw customers waiting to make their decision on buying equipment based on what was going to happen to the law. The permanence is really what Mr. Allen was talking about in smoothing out this kind of impact that depreciation has on large equipment purchases.”

Deere opened the shareholders meeting with a video celebrating the 100th anniversary of entering the tractor business. Tony Knobbe is one of the organizers of this year’s Gathering of the Green. He invited Allen and the audience to next month’s convention for John Deere tractor collectors. Knobbe is very proud of the theme the group selected — “Legend, Made Legacy.” “If you look in their annual report, on the second page you’ll read, ‘The Hundred Year Legacy of the John Deere Tractor’,” Knobbe says. “And down here, it says ‘The Legend Runs On’. I know we didn’t steal it from them because this wasn’t produced when we produced our theme.”

During the meeting, Sam Allen quoted an old letter from a Deere board member. It was written before the company bought the Waterloo Gas Engine Company in 1918, and said, “The tractor will never replace the mule.”

(Radio Iowa)

On-Farm Research Coffee & Conversation to be held Monday (March 5th), in Greenfield

Ag/Outdoor

March 1st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Adair County ISU Extension has rescheduled their ‘On-Farm Research Coffee & Conversation’ event, for Monday, March 5th at the Warren Cultural Center’s Green Room on the east side of the town square in Greenfield. The program will begin at 10:00-a.m. Aaron Saeugling, ISU Extension’s Field Agronomist, along with Jim Rogers, ISU Research Farm Specialists will be speaking about current agronomy practices and demonstration trials across Iowa. The is a free event and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association. For more information contact Adair County ISU Extension at 641-743-8412.

Goodbye DuPont Pioneer, hello Corteva

Ag/Outdoor

March 1st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa-based ag business is getting a new name next year. DuPont Pioneer will unify with DuPont Crop Protection and Dow Agrosciences to become Corteva Agriscience. Jim Collins will be the division’s chief operating officer. “It’s an opportunity to unify three great businesses under one new name and establish a new brand in the industry,” Collins said.  Corteva is expected to become a standalone company in June 2019. “What that means is 100 percent of our 22,000 employees will wake up every day thinking about production agriculture and all of our resources, as a standalone pure agriculture company, will be focused on helping growers improve their productivity around the world,” Collins said.

Seed giant DuPont Pioneer is based in Johnston and currently employs about 2,600 Iowans. According to Collins, the name Corteva means “heart” and “nature” and represents what the new company will try to create. “One that puts growers productivity at the absolute center of what we’re doing, but also focuses on consumers and the sustainability of agriculture going forward,” Collins said.

The merger was introduced two years ago and “closed” this past September. The new company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

(Radio Iowa, w/Thanks to Amie Sites, Brownfield Ag News)

Judge allows lawsuit over ag whistleblower law to proceed

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March 1st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has denied the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm through misrepresentation to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation. The ruling was filed Tuesday. A coalition of public interest groups challenging the law called the ruling a big win.

The groups say Iowa’s law violates their constitutional free speech and equal protection rights. The lawsuit names the governor and the attorney general. Eric Tabor, Iowa’s chief deputy attorney general, told The Des Moines Register that it’s early in the case’s litigation and declined to comment further.

Cass County Extension Report 2-28-2018

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February 28th, 2018 by Jim Field

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