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.

FSA Announces CRP Informational Meetings in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Iowa, announced that FSA will conduct several Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) informational meetings across the state.  Iowa currently has 1,535,586 acres enrolled in CRP with an estimated 183,399 acres expiring September 30, 2013.  A General CRP signup is scheduled to begin May 20, 2013 and end June 14, 2013.

Landowners with expiring CRP land or land that is not currently enrolled in CRP are encouraged to attend an informational meeting.
If you are unable to attend, consider a free webinar hosted by Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN). This informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CDT.  Register at:  https://womenfoodagnet.wufoo.com/forms/z7p7m5/

(Information on the meetings listed below and other programs administered by FSA can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia)

Local meeting sites: (County/Date/Time/Location)

Madison

Thursday, May 23rd

 6 pm

Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds

Harrison

Thursday, May 23rd

9:30 am

Harrison County Extension Office, 304 E 4th St, Logan, Iowa 

Rain causes worst drought area to retreat westward

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A wet spring continues to soak soil across much of the Midwest, causing the prolonged drought to retreat ever so slowly westward.  Sections of central Iowa, southeast Minnesota and western parts of Wisconsin and Missouri have seen notable improvement in drought conditions. The weekly drought monitor measures conditions up to 7 a.m. Tuesday. The report is released on Thursdays by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

It shows the drought has subsided for nearly two-thirds of Iowa, most of Missouri and Arkansas.  West of those states drought remains. A smaller portion of western Nebraska is in extreme or exceptional drought and southwestern Nebraska improved slightly.  The soil moisture is good news for corn growers who are now dodging rain storms to get seed in the ground.

Farmer Liability bill pending in House Gov’t Oversight panel

Ag/Outdoor

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A newly-drafted bill on the fast track in the Iowa House would provide new liability protection to Iowa farmers. It’s in response to a February Iowa Supreme Court ruling that said a woman injured during a northeast Iowa farm tour had the right to sue the farm host. Representative Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny, says farmers are now reluctant to allow anyone on their property for any activity.  “Something should happen in the legislature this month on that so that we relieve the concern that many folks who hunt, fish and do other recreational purposes have access to private land without it being a liability headache for the landowner,” Koester says. A state law passed in 1967 granted private property owners liability protection if they allowed recreational activities like hunting and fishing.

“There’s concern about whether or not it’s safe regarding the liability of allowing people to do what they’ve always done,” Koester says. The bill will be considered in the House Government Oversight Committee next week and is the result of discussions among legislative leaders. Koester is co-chair of that committee. A bid to address this farmer liability issue was rejected by Senate Democrats in late April. Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who is a lawyer, told his colleagues not to “buy into the hysteria” about the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling.

(Radio Iowa)

Work to begin on new farm bill in Congress next week

Ag/Outdoor

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Work is set to begin on a new farm bill in both chambers of Congress next week. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says they’ll take up the legislation on Tuesday. Harkin got his first copy of the committee bill last night (Wednesday) and has looked it over. “It’s basically the same kind of bill that we passed in the Senate last year,” Harkin says. “We passed it with a strong bipartisan vote, so it’s basically the same bill that we had last fall.” Farm and food bills have typically been renewed by Congress every five years and the last one passed in 2008.

“I’m very happy about the conservation provisions in it, the conservation compliance provisions, the fresh fruit and vegetable program that we have in there, so I think our bill looks pretty good,” Harkin says. “I hope we can get it through.” The full Senate passed its version of the farm bill last year and another version passed the House Ag Committee, but it never went before the full House. Congress chose to extend the current farm bill into September of this year. Harkin, a Democrat, is not highly optimistic about a resolution, given Republican Paul Ryan is still chair of the House Budget Committee.

“The Ryan budget in the House that’s going to be controlling over (their version of the farm bill),” Harkin says, chuckling, “It would just be abysmal for agriculture. I’ll have more to say about that later.” One sticking point last year was the House version of the farm bill cut the food stamp program by billions more dollars than the Senate version.

(Radio Iowa)

Leash on Life 05-09-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Info from the Atlantic Animal Shelter.

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Doc Leonard’s Pet Pointers 05-09-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Dr. Keith Leonard

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USDA Report 05-09-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks

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Sioux City path could finally connect to somewhere

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A recreational trail to nowhere could finally be connected to somewhere.  The Sioux City Journal reports that for four years, the three-mile Floyd River Trail hasn’t had a north trailhead. It ends abruptly, and the only way to reach it from the north is to walk through a muddy area, up a slope, across a railway bed, then down an embankment.

Because it doesn’t connect to another path, avid bicyclist Garrett Soldati, of Sioux City, says few people use the path.  That could change under a plan being studied by the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council to build a trail from Le Mars along state Highway 75 to Sioux City. It would connect to the Floyd River Trail.

FSA Reminds CRP Participants of Primary Nesting Season Requirements

Ag/Outdoor

May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for USDA’s Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to schedule maintenance and management activities on CRP acres outside of the primary nesting season.  Iowa’s primary nesting season begins on May 15, 2013, and continues through August 1, 2013.

Acres enrolled in CRP are not eligible for cosmetic or periodic mowing at any time.  Mowing or spraying weed infested areas is NOT allowed on CRP acreage during the primary nesting season without prior authorization from the County Committee in consultation with NRCS,” said Whitaker.

Participants with maintenance issues that require immediate attention should contact their local FSA office to file a written request for any spot spraying or mowing on CRP acres, with approval obtained prior to performing the activities.   

Whitaker added that CRP participants could refer to their completed conservation plan and NRCS Job Sheets provided during conservation plan development for guidance.Failure to contact the county FSA office prior to any maintenance on CRP acres during nesting season may result in payment reductions or possible contract termination.

For questions or more information about maintenance and management activities of CRP acres, please visit your local FSA county office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov

Cass County Extension Report 05-08-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 8th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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