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.

New Iowa laws include hunting, fishing changes

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa fisherman will be able to drop a third line in the water on the same fishing license beginning Tuesday. The law is among a handful taking effect Jan. 1. It allows anglers to fish with three poles and a total of six hooks, up from two poles and four hooks.

Another law would allow hunters and anglers to use three-year licenses. A separate law allows combined licenses for hunting and fishing. Most laws approved by legislators in 2012 take effect July 1, 2013, but a few start with the new year. Other laws include one making Iowa’s volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians eligible for a $50 income tax credit. Also, childcare providers who serve children eligible for the state’s assistance program will receive a rate increase.

Sentencing set in bribery case for ex-egg official

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sentencing has been scheduled for a former manager at Iowa egg farms who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a federal inspector. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett this week ordered Tony Wasmund to appear Feb. 12 in his courtroom in Sioux City. Wasmund has been free pending sentencing, where he will face a maximum of five years in prison. Wasmund was a supervisor at the network of companies owned by Jack DeCoster, whose operations in northern Iowa were blamed for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that caused the recall of 550 million eggs.

Months before the outbreak, Wasmund authorized giving $300 in petty cash to another employee to bribe a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow sales of shell eggs that had been withheld for failing to meet federal standards.

Finding land to farm is still top chore for wanna-be Iowa farmers

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A recent report from Iowa State University found the average price for an acre of Iowa farmland hit a new record high in 2012. The price was just short of 83-hundred dollars, an increase of 24-percent from the year before. Doug Stark, president of Farm Credit Services of America, says obtaining farmland is the single biggest issue facing new farmers. “It’s that they need to find access to land to be able to farm,” Stark says. “It’s so competitive out there right now, with people buying land and with successful producers that are bidding up the price of rented land, it’s very challenging for young producers just to get the base of operation through land to get their operations started.”

Stark says with advances in technology, farmers today have a bit more down time for family and other activities, something relatively new in the world of agriculture. That’s making it more appealing for young people to pick farming as a career path.  “I think we’re seeing more young people wanting to come back to farming now than we’ve seen in a long, long time,” Stark says. “They know they can come back to the farm and not only have it be a way of life, but that they can they can have a life.”

The challenge of finding land to farm remains, it part due to record corn and bean prices as well as low interest rates.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors approve Livestock Facility Construction Resolution

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have approved a resolution pertaining to the construction of livestock confinement facilities within the County. The move came during the Board’s meeting Monday morning, in Atlantic. Auditor Dale Sunderman said it’s the same thing the board approved last year and in previous years, with the exception of the dates. Sunderman says basically if a person has plans to construct a livestock facility and a permit is required, the application must be reviewed by the Board. The Supervisors will evaluate the application using the Master Matrix created by Iowa Code.

The Board’s recommendation to the Iowa DNR may be based on the final score on the Master Matrix or on reasons other than the final score.

(Podcast) Heartbeat Today 12/31/12

Ag/Outdoor, Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Jim Field speaks with Kate Olson, Program Coordinator for ISU Extension in Cass County, about the Master Gardner program that begins Jan. 15, 2013 in Atlantic.

Iowa group announces search for best egg recipes

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — A group that monitors Iowa’s egg industry is looking for the best recipes that think outside the shell. The Iowa Egg Council is kicking off its “Incredibly Good Eggs” cooking contest. Recipes can include party foods or drinks, breakfast entrees, main dishes, side dishes, snacks or desserts. The recipes must be original and contain at least four eggs in the form of whole eggs, yolks or whites. The contest will be divided among adults, culinary arts students and general students from sixth grade through high school. Winners will be selected online after a preliminary judging period.

All contest entries must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5 PM. To enter, visit www.iowaegg.org for a downloadable entry form and a complete list of rules. Or call 877-IOWAEGG for mailed contest information.

USDA report shows Iowa leads in hog inventory

Ag/Outdoor

December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report shows Iowa’s hog inventory continues to surpass all other states in the country. The United States Department of Agriculture says in its latest report released Friday that the state has 20.6 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms as of Dec. 1. That’s a three percent jump from the same period last year. The report shows Iowa leads the country in total inventory by a comfortable margin. North Carolina comes in second with 9 million hogs and pigs.

Inventory of all hogs and pigs in the United States is down. It was more than 66 million head as of Dec. 1, down slightly from the same period last year, and two percent from September of this year.

Eagle to be released at Iowa-Nebraska refuge

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – A juvenile bald eagle that had suffered a broken wing and other injuries in south-central Nebraska will be released at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge that sits in both western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.  The Daily Nonpareil newspaper says Raptor Recovery Nebraska’s chapter in Omaha expects to free the bird between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, near the visitor center.

The refuge straddles the Missouri River north of Omaha, sitting between Blair, Neb., to the west and Missouri Valley, Iowa, to the east.  Denise Lewis, of Raptor Recovery, says the female was found injured in the Grand Island, Neb., area. Lewis says the broken wing and soft-tissue injuries may have resulted from the bird flying into something or being grazed by a vehicle while feeding near a road.

Posted County Prices 12-28-2012

Ag/Outdoor

December 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Cass County: Corn $6.80, Beans $13.99

Adair County: Corn $6.77, Beans $14.02

Adams County: Corn $6.77, Beans $13.98

Audubon County: Corn $6.79, Beans $14.01

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $6.83, Beans $13.99

Guthrie County: Corn $6.82, Beans $14.03

Montgomery County: Corn $6.82, Beans $14.01

Shelby County: Corn $6.83, Beans $13.99

Oats $3.53 (always the same in all counties)

USDA report blames drought for food price rise in 2013

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Some Iowa farmers had a very rough 2012 due to the drought and it’ll translate to a more expensive 2013 for consumers. A report from the U-S Department of Agriculture predicts food prices will be rising in the months ahead. U-S-D-A economist Ricky Volpe says the big hike in livestock feed prices means beef, pork and chicken will cost more.  “We’re going to see strong food price inflation for a lot of animal-based products,” Volpe says. “That’s expected to happen relatively early in the year, in the first quarter or the first half of 2013.” Food prices rose about two-and-a-half percent this year and the agency predicts they’ll rise three-to-four percent in the year ahead.

Volpe says meat prices will go up initially, with many other items costing more by late summer.  “That’s when we can expect to see more significant impacts for all these more packaged, processed, shelf-stabled foods, things like soups, condiments and side dishes, and then even things like breakfast cereals and packaged breads,” Volpe says. “That’s where we’ll start to see the impacts of the drought happen a little bit later. Consumers are going to feel it more for those foods. It’ll be a little bit smaller but it will happen in the second half of 2013 and maybe even in 2014.”

Volpe says the effects of the summer-long drought will continue to have ripple effects in all grocery aisles. “We’ve seen, in the last couple of months, fluid milk prices ticking up,” Volpe says. “It does appear as if, for this food, the drought has really started to hit it. We always expected that fluid milk and dairy would be kind of a good bellwether of where the drought is headed because we’re looking at a food group that is not very storable and doesn’t require a lot of processing. Expect to see dairy products, this large category, on average go up about 4% in 2013 as a result of these higher feed prices.” The report says the price of milk and other dairy products could double if price supports are not addressed by Congress in a new Farm Bill by the end of the year.

(Radio Iowa)