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Hog producers worried over USDA regs on PEDV

Ag/Outdoor

July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Some Iowa hog producers and lawmakers are raising concerns about the mandatory reporting requirement being announced by U-S-D-A on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or P-E-D virus. Iowa Pork Producers Association president Jamie Schmidt of Garner says he’s worried about the confidentiality of those reports. Schmidt says using I-D numbers instead of names in reporting can help keep producer data confidential.

“We feel fairly confident that if we can just use our premise ID numbers, that will help with the confidentiality and that would be a workable solution, but we’ve got to make sure we have something that everybody’s confident in, otherwise the reporting won’t happen like it should,” Schmidt says.

Iowa Congressman Steve King says he worries if confidentiality is breached, animal activists will use that information to hurt pork producers. The disease is widespread and Schmidt says it makes sense to keep close tabs on it, wherever it may appear. “At the present time, our best defense is biosecurity and watching where it goes,” Schmidt says. “The tracking of the disease would be helpful so we can learn how it spreads and we can have a better defense mechanism but we all have to be confident with it.”

The current submission requirements for reporting the P-E-D virus includes the herd’s premise I-D number, the date the sample was collected, the type of farm, the test method used for diagnosis and the diagnostic test results. That applies only if the herd has tested positive for the virus.

(Radio Iowa)

Gardening field days set – 1st one July 21st near Lewis

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

If you’ve always wanted to start a garden, or want to find out about new plants and ideas for your garden, a series of Home Garden Fields Days planned across the state can help you out. Iowa State University extension horticulturist, Cindy Haynes, says the field days this year are focusing on new things. “One of the themes for this year’s gardens are the purple vegetables. So we have a lot of vegetables that you wouldn’t think of as being purple,” Haynes says. “There are purple carrots, purple tomatoes, purple beans. Some of those things that add a different color to it, so kids like it, or everyone wants to try it.” The purple color can in some cases add something to the traditional vegetable. Haynes says in carrots for instance, it adds vitamins.

“It’s not the beta carotene — the orange that you have in a carrot — but there is a carrot out there called purple haze that has a purple outer skin and the orange on the inside, so you can get the advantages of both,” Haynes says. “And it tastes just like a normal carrot, so it really doesn’t taste any different, it’s just a new color to put on your plate.” They will also show off some sun-loving impatiens. “Everyone thinks about impatiens for the shade, but there are some New Guinea hybrid impatiens that will tolerate the sun. And they are resistant to downy mildew — which is a problem we are seeing in some of our shade-loving impatiens,” Haynes says.

Other items on display include compact zinnias and new annual flowers. “We’ll kind of tour them around the different gardens — the same garden at six different locations — and we’ll pull things out of the ground. I’ll pass things around, and some might want to take a few things home. We’ll sample a few things from the garden as well,” Haynes explains. Haynes says more and more people are turning to gardening to grow their own food and the field days offer help to make those efforts a success.

“It’s just about getting people to experience as much of what we have out there as possible,” according to Haynes. “And we talk about the things that did well at all of the gardens, and the things that didn’t do so well so they can write on their little list ‘try this new variety’ or ‘don’t try this’ because it didn’t work out.” Haynes says people are learning you don’t have to live out in the country to have a garden. You can use all different kinds of spaces. “A lot of these things you could put into a small space, you could put into containers. You could even do a square-foot garden. With myself and some of the other I-S-U staff being there, we can answer some of these questions and help you garden better,” Haynes says.

The first demonstration is July 21st at 6:30 at the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis in southwest Iowa. The remaining field days will be: July 23, 6 p-m at the, Horticulture Research Station three miles north of Ames on Highway 69; August 5th at 6:30 p-m at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm, 111 North St, Fruitland; August 6th, 6 p-m at the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, 310 S. Main Street, Kanawha; August 9th at 4 p-m at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, 3321 290th St near Nashua.

For more information go to the I-S-U Extension Department website.

Aronia berry gaining market foothold in US

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July 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Those with an eye toward healthy living have probably noticed the words “aronia berry” in everything from juices and powdered supplements to baby food. Midwesterners probably know it as chokeberry, the name European settlers centuries ago gave the berry they found tart, astringent and more pretty than palatable.

The native North American plant is in the midst of a transformation, prized for its exceptional health benefits and easy cultivation. The almost black-purple, pea-sized berry gets its more agreeable name from its genus, Aronia melanocarpa.

Now dubbed a “superfood,” research shows the berries packing more antioxidants than blueberries, acai and goji berries. Producers are also taking notice, with thousands of the shrubs being planted by farmers — mostly in Iowa, but also in other upper Midwest states — every year.

Shelby County Fair results from Fri., 7/11/14

Ag/Outdoor

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Swine Show:
Champion Lightweight Market Pen: Blake Goshorn; Reserve Champion lightweight market pen: Weston Peters
Champion middleweight market pen: Nicole Goshorn; Reserve Champion middleweight market pen: Kelsey Schaben
Champion heavy weight market pen: James Olson; Reserve Champion Heavy weight Market Pen: Abigail Jacobsen
Overall champion market pen: Nicole Goshorn; Overall reserve champion market pen: James Olson
Senior showman: Sam McLaughlin; Reserve senior showman: Mackenzie Goshorn
Champion lightweight market barrow: Weston peters; Reserve champion lightweight market barrow: blake goshorn
Champion middleweight market barrow: Nicole go shorn; Reserve champion middleweight market barrow: Teresa Arkfeld
Champion Heavy weight market barrow: Brooke go shorn; Reserve champion heavy weight market barrow: Nicole Hanson
Overall Champion market barrow: Nicole Goshorn; Overall Reserve champion market barrow: Teresa Arkfeld
Intermediate showman: Blake Goshorn; Reserve champion intermediate showman: Alana Monson
Champion lightweight Market gilt: Blake Goshorn; Reserve champion lightweight market gilt: Nicole Hanson
Champion middleweight market gilt: Teresa Arkfeld; Reserve Champion middleweight market gilt: Abigail Jacobsen
Champion heavyweight market gilt: Teresa Arkfeld; Reserve Champion heavy weight market gilt: James Olson
Overall Champion market gilt: Teresa Arkfeld; Overall reserve champion market gilt: Teresa Arkfeld
Champion Junior Showman: Abigail Jacobsen; Reserve Junior showman: Will McLaughlin
Champion Derby Pig: Jeremy Flies; Reserve champion derby pig: Nicole Goshorn
Champion live carcass: Sam McLaughlin; Reserve Champion live Carcas: Will McLaughlin
Overall showmanship: Champion: Teresa Arkfeld; Reserve: Abigail Jacobsen

Fashion Revue
Senior Runner up: Jessica Buman; Senior champion: Chantel Schmidt
Intermediate Runner up: —Intermediate champion: Mary Carroll
Junior runner up: Shaylee Yates; Junior champion: Emily Taggs
Clothing Selection
Senior runner up: Jessica Buman; Senior champion: Chantel Schmidt
Intermediate runner up: ——;Intermediate champion: Mary Carroll
Junior runner up: Shaylee Yate; Junior champion: Mary Taggs
$15 Challenge
Senior runner up: Chantel Schmidt; Senior champion: Jessica Buman
Intermediate runner up: Amelia Juhl (polka dot, aqua dress); Intermediate champion: Amelia Juhl (grey/bright stripe outfit)
Junior runner up: Reanna Obrecht; Junior champion: Lucy Borkowski
Working Exhibits:
Top Junior: Emily Taggs; Top Intermediate: Amelia Juhl and Alana Monson; Top Senior: Chantel Schmidt and Emily Pattee

HORSE SHOW
Christensen Memorial Winner: Julie Kock
Showmanship: top junior: Julie Kock; Top Intermediate: Sara Markham; Top Senior: Rachel Nelson
Overall Showman: Whitney Redler; Reserve: Dean Robinson
Horsemanship Overall Champion: Trevor Schulz; Reserve: Nick Petersen

Pesticide spill near Earling

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa DNR and Shelby County sheriff’s office responded to a report Thursday night of pesticide leaking from a sprayer near 2000th St. and Dogwood, in Earling. They found a small amount of herbicide had reached the side of the road, with an unknown smaller amount flowing to a tributary of Picayune Creek. A United Western Coop employee was spreading the mix of Roundup and Cobra when a hose became plugged and the material spilled.

Estimates vary from between 15 and 100 gallons of herbicide sludge spilled. The co-op excavated about 20 cubic yards of soil Thursday night to prevent environmental damage. The DNR checked the creek Thursday night and Friday morning and found no evidence of dead or distressed fish.

The DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement.

Dutch farm equipment company opens first US shop in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A family-owned Dutch company that makes front-end attachments for tractors has opened its first U-S distribution center — in northeast Iowa. Zuidberg (ZUD-berg) North America has been in business since 1982 building custom-designed hitches in the Netherlands. Company president Rudolf de Jong (dee YUNG) says it will start out small in Cedar Falls but there are plans to expand.  “Our goal is to grow to between 20 and 30-percent per year,” de Jong says. “That means that after three to four years, we hope to employ up to 50 people.” According to de Jong, Zuidberg makes equipment being sold to customers in 45 countries which allows several types of implements to be attached to the front of tractors instead of the rear.

He says, “We sell directly to tractor manufacturers, farm equipment manufacturers and to tractor dealerships all around the country.” The implements allow farmers to mow with equipment on both the front and the back of their tractors. He says it’s more efficient and it also increases the farmers’ comfort because they can face forward instead of constantly turning from side to side.

(Radio Iowa)

Court upholds Iowa water quality regulations

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld water quality regulations that business and farm groups say are costly and burdensome. The rules require anyone with new or expanded wastewater discharges into waterways to seek permits and certification from the state. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and others sued the Environmental Protection Commission which voted in December 2009 to adopt the new rules. The lawsuit attempted to disqualify two of the commissioners’ votes and get the regulations thrown out.

Carrie La Seur moved to Montana in July 2009 but remained on the commission. The lawsuit says her vote shouldn’t be counted. The lawsuit claims Commissioner Susan Heathcote, who worked for a nonprofit environmental group, had a conflict of interest.

A majority of the court found the votes were proper under Iowa law.

Shelby County Fair: a tradition for families

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A family tradition was honored at the Shelby County Fair Thursday night. The family of Harriet and AnnaJean Ahrenholtz were surprised when Shelby County Fair President Kent Ganzer recognized them for the dedication and donation to the Shelby County Fair. This year, the Ahrenholtz family donated $60,000 to the board for the all new show ring. Clark Ahrenholtz, son of Harry and AnnaJean said the family wanted to honor their parents.

“Well my parents were always big promoters of the fair. My dad was president of the fair board and my brother and nephew carry on the tradition and we are happy about that. The show ring was something that was needed for a long time here. When it was put up originally, it was actually put up with used materials and we were happy with that at the time but we wanted to do something that mom and dad weren’t able to do when they were alive. We decided this would be a project that if we could kick into it and get the ball rolling. We would like to thank the Shelby County Fair Board because without them this wouldn’t be possible for us to recognize our parents”

Ahrenholtz said almost all of the family was able to come and be a part of the festivities. “I can start at the bottom that’s me. I am the last surviving child of my parents. I wasn’t raised to last but I am the last one. My sister Jane from Tuscan and her husband Rich were up. Then Annette and her husband were unable to attend due to health concerns. And then my brother Roger, who really took over from my dad as Mister Fair to make everything happen and we are getting Justin broke in on that. And then my oldest brother Harry was down from Jefferson.”

Clark said the family is fifth generation in showing cattle at the Shelby County Fair. He said the family is proud to call Shelby County home. “It takes a whole community effort. Like I said we want to remain humble about this because that’s the way our parents were. They kind of make you toot your own horn a little bit when it happens like this here. But we are just proud and very happy to be apart of this community and support the community this way.”

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Shelby County Fair Queen crowned

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It was a night of royalty and recognition at the 2014 Shelby County Fair Thursday evening. The queen ceremony was held inside the all new show ring at the fairgrounds with twelve young ladies competing for the crown. Every contestant was asked two questions from the MC Lynn Brinker before the crown was handed out to Emily Pattee. She said the award was a complete surprise. “I was completely shocked. When I didn’t hear my name for princess, I thought oh there is no way I will get it. And then when I heard my name I was completely shocked.” Pattee was nominated by her group Portsmouth Super Production.

As the queen, Pattee will be involved in handing out ribbons and other activities at the Shelby County Fair and will represent Shelby County at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen contest. Pattee has lofty goals as she will be enrolling at the University of Iowa in the fall for bio-medical engineering. In other awards, Chelsea Assman received runner-up in the queen competition and Teresa Arkfeld won the 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Award sponsored by our sister station KNOD in Harlan. Arkfeld said it meant a lot to her as she is heavily involved in Agriculture.

In addition to the queen ceremony, the Shelby County Fair Board inducted two couples into the Shelby County Fair Hall of Fame. Ed and Vickie Anderson and Kevin and Deb Rutherford were welcomed into the Hall of Fame. The other couple, Kevin and Deb Rutherford couldn’t remember how many years they have been running the 4-H food booth but they have enjoyed it. The Rutherfords said they weren’t expecting the award as they thought their daughter was going to receive an award instead. They called it a humbling experience and were well appreciative for the nomination.

The final recognition went to Linda Heflin who will be inducted into the Iowa State Fair Hall of Fame on August 18th, 2014. Heflin has worked the dog show at the Shelby County Fair for over 25 years.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

2014 Shelby County Fair Results

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July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sunday July 6th
Dog Show:
Champion Confirmation: Shaylee Yates; Reserve confirmation: Shiloh Carroll;
Champion Grooming: Dean Robinson; Reserve Grooming: Sammi Wahling
Champion Pre-Novice A: Sammi Wahling; Champion Pre-Novice B: Cassidy Robinson
Reserve Pre- Novice B: Lucy Borkowski; Champion Novice: Dean Robinson
Reserve Novice: Shiloh Carroll; Champion Grad Novice: Dean Robinson
Costume Class Champion: Shaylee Yates; Reserve Costume Class: Dean Robinson
Junior Showman: Dean Robinson; Junior Reserve Showman: Sammi Whaling
Intermediate Showman: Mary Carroll; Intermediate reserve showman: Cassidy Robinson
Overall Showman: Shaylee yates; Reserve: Mary Carroll.

Tuesday July 8th
Iowa State Fair Static exhibits:
Ag and Natural Resources – Nick Wageman, Jacob Blum, Jessica Buman, Emily Taggs & Reed Boardman.

Personal Development – Chantel Schmidt, Jacob Bartley, Jessica Buman, Kara Rueschenberg &
Kaylee Rivera.

Family Consumer Sciences – Chandler Mores, Kristen Ferry, Emily Pattee, Chantel Schmidt, Chandler Mores, Lydia Madsen, Chelsea Assman, Chantel Schmidt, Jessica Buman, Mackenzie Goshorn

Creative Arts – Cole Lingle, Emily Lefeber, Jacob Bartley, Emily Lefeber, Emma Barnes, Will Carroll,
Mary Carroll, Marea Ferry, Chelsea Assman, Kaylee Rivera

Communications—Posters: Kaylee Rivera & Cassidy Robinson.

Wednesday, July 9
Fair Booths
Champion: Northeast Sodbusters; Reserve Champion: Portsmouth Super Production

Best of Iowa
Junior Champions: Emily Taggs and Abigail Jacobsen; Junior Reserve Champions: Madison Rivera
Intermediate Champion: Emma Barnes; Intermediate Reserve Champion: Gabe Madson

Thursday, July 10
Cat and Small Pet Show
Champion Short hair: Lydia Madsen, “Jade”; Reserve Champion Short hair: Emily Taggs, “Max”.
Champion Long hair: Kennedy Jackson; Reserve Champion Long hair: Rachel Nelson
Overall Champion Cat: Lydia Madsen; Reserve Overall Champion Cat: Kennedy Jackson

Junior Showmanship: Emily Taggs; Reserve Junior Showmanship: Mitchell Rueschenberg
Senior Showmanship: Rachel Nelson; Reserve Sr. Showmanship: Lydia Madsen
Overall showmanship: Rachel Nelson; Reserve Overall showmanship: Mitchell Rueschenberg

Overall Champion Small Pet: Reanna Obrecht, Guinea Pig
Reserve Overalll Chammpion small pet: Kaylee Rivera: Hamster (Emmie)

Poultry Show
Champion duck: Laura Pauley; Champion duck pair: Laura Pauley
Champion Bantam: Cassidy Robinson; Reserve Champion Bantam: Ev Carroll

Champion Chicken: Kaylee Rivera; Reserve Champion Chicken: Megan Reetz

Commercial champion: Dean Robinson; Commercial Reserve: Collin Borkowski

Champion Broiler Trio: Carley McConnell; Reserve champion broiler trio: Kelsey Schaben
Champion single Broiler: Kelsey Schaben; Reserve champion single broiler: Carley McConnell

Showmanship
Sr: Collin Borkowski; Intermediate: Cassidy Robinson; Junior: Dean Robinson
Overall showmanship: Cassidy Robinson

Breeding Beef Show
Champion Prospect calf heifer: Taylor Andersen; Reserve: Brody Sorensen

Champion Prospect calf steer or bull: Dylan Stein; Reserve: Darren Stein

Cow Calf Show
Champion commercial cow and calf: Aaron Allen; Reserve: Teresa Arkfeld

Breeding Heifer Show
Champion AOB Heifer: Aaron Allen; Reserve: Trever Schulz

Champion Shorthorn Heifer: Allyssa Obrecht; Reserve: Wyatt Obrecht

Champion commercial Heifer: Taylor Andersen; Reserve: Dylan Stein

Overall Champion Breeding Heifer: Allyssa Obrecht; Reserve: Wyatt Obrecht

Dairy Show
Champion Dairy Heifer: Cassie Rasmussen
Showmanship – Junior: Wyatt Obrecht; Intermediate: Allyssa Obrecht; Senior: Dylan Stein
Overall: Allyssa Obrecht

Dairy showman: Cassie Rasmussen