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.

Congress extends wind, biofuels tax credits

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The bill Congress approved Tuesday night providing tax relief for most taxpayers also helps wind energy and ethanol producers by extending tax credits designed to encourage continued development.  States like Texas, the nation’s leading wind energy producer, and Iowa, the leading ethanol maker, should benefit from the incentives. Many of the credits had expired in 2012.

The bill extends to the end of the year a production tax credit for wind energy on any facility under construction before the end of 2013.  The bill also extends a $1.01-per-gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol made from corn plants, grasses, algae, and sources other than corn kernels. The bill allows ethanol makers to depreciate equipment for new plants placed in service in 2013 and extends biodiesel production tax incentives for two years.

Workshop planned for Confinement Site Manure Applicators

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension and Outreach say Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in order to maintain or renew your confinement site manure applicator certification. The Shelby County workshop will be offered on January 29th, 2013 at 1:30 pm in Harlan at 906 Sixth Street.

Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and Outreach program specialist and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program, says “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass the exam once every three years. “If applicators fail to get the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify.”

The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license. Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. The fee is paid when applicators initially get certified and then every three years when they re-certify to apply manure.

Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements. ISU Extension and Outreach will charge a $10 fee to applicators choosing to view the certification materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. For this reason all applicators are encouraged to attend the workshops or to plan to view training materials on the scheduled reshow date at their local county extension office. This fee will not apply to workshops or scheduled reshow dates. Contact the county extension office to determine which days are scheduled for the manure applicator certification programs.

Applicators are encouraged to complete certification requirements prior to March 1st to meet certification deadlines and avoid being assessed a $12.50 late fee for re-certification.

For more information about meeting dates and locations, or to schedule an appointment to attend training, contact the ISU Extension – Shelby County office at 712-755-3104 or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html to see the 2013 workshop schedule.

Cass County Extension Report 01-02-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson


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


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.