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.

Iowa’s Celebrity Hunting Program Criticized

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some question whether Iowa needs to continue giving celebrities easy access to deer hunting in the state, but it appears unlikely that the promotional program will be scrapped. The state program gives 75 celebrities, such as rocker Ted Nugent and former professional athlete Bo Jackson, an opportunity to buy a special out-of-state deer hunting permit each year. Other non-residents might wait years to buy a similar permit. The celebrity program began in 1998 to help promote the state as a top hunting destination. Iowa Bowhunters Association President Randy Taylor tells the Des Moines Register that he’s not sure the state really needs the promotion now because deer hunters nationwide already consider Iowa a top spot to bag a trophy deer.

Hunting & Fishing Expo comes to the Bluffs

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Outdoor enthusiasts are heading to Council Bluffs this weekend for a giant exposition. The 9th annual River City Hunting Fishing, RV and Boat Expo is being held inside the Mid-America Center tonight (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. Tom Hamilton, member of the Pottawattamie County Pheasants Forever Chapter says the expo will feature many speakers. Including several fishing experts. 

There’s also lots of activities for the kids, such as: Casting, virtual reality videos, archery, and new this year….the Daisy B-B gun shooting gallery, with qualified instructors teaching safety, and how to shoot. There’s also live trout fishing for the kids. Hamilton says any outdoor enthusiast will probably get excited by all the equipment on display at the expo, as well. There’s food, fishing & hunting equipment, R-V’s and vendors from all over the MidWest and Canada. 

The Mid-America Center opens at 4-pm today (Friday) for the 2012 River City Expo. On Saturday the expo will be from 9-am to 6-pm, and on Sunday from 10-am to 4pm. For more information, surf the web to www.rivercityexpo.com

Mourning dove hunting still not settled at Capitol

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hunting mourning doves has been legal in Iowa for nearly a year, but the issue still isn’t settled at the Capitol.  A Senate subcommittee on Thursday discussed using lead shot ammunition in hunting the birds.  The state’s Natural Resources Commission last year unanimously voted to ban the practice, but a legislative committee put the ban on hold.
Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Des Moines, says the commission overstepped its bounds in banning lead shot. A resolution he backs to overturn that ban advanced out of the meeting.  Environmental advocates told committee members Thursday that lead shot is toxic and can harm animals when eaten. Hunting advocates say the harm is minor and no good alternatives to lead shot exists. The measure now goes to the full Senate Natural Resources Committee.

USDA Report 01-19-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 19th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin


Iowa receives $5.6M in farm-flood recover funds

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will receive $5.6 million in agriculture disaster funds to help farmers recover from flooding along the Missouri River. The funds were part of $310 million in USDA funds announced Wednesday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. About 200,000 acres of Iowa farmland were affected by last summer’s Missouri River flooding. Officials say the aid will help remove debris and sand left behind when the floodwaters receded. Rich Sims, state conservationist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Des Moines, says one farmer spent $100,000 for a bulldozer to remove sand from 100 acres of land. He says the funds announced Wednesday may not seem like much but it’s only one part of a funding stream available to producers and that every little bit helps.

Sign up Deadline for 2011 ELAP Approaching


January 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa)  January 18, 2012:  John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for the Iowa Farm Service Agency, reminds producers sign up for the 2011 livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish losses ends on January 30, 2012, under the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP).  In addition to submitting a notice of loss, producers must file an application for payment by this date. “With the number and variety of adverse weather conditions in Iowa this year, we want all eligible producers to be aware of this deadline,’ added Whitaker.  

ELAP provides compensation to eligible producers of livestock, honey bees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other loss conditions, including losses caused by blizzards and wildfires.  ELAP is for losses that are not covered by Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), or Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE). Eligible producers under ELAP may receive assistance for losses that occur on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011, during the calendar year in which the loss occurs.  Eligible losses include feed losses, physical losses and additional costs incurred in providing feed to eligible livestock.

There are two parts to the ELAP application process:

  • A notice of loss
  • Application for payment

An application for payment cannot be filed without a notice of loss. There are no late filed provisions for ELAP.  Producers with eligible losses must timely file an acreage report on grazing land acres, honey bee colonies and farm-raised fish pond acres. Eligible physical losses of honey bees and honey bee hives due to adverse weather or loss conditions are eligible under ELAP. Producers will be required to provide documentation of beginning and ending inventory of honey bee colonies when claiming a physical loss of honey bees or honey bee hives.

Cass County Extension Report 01-18-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 18th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Kate Olsen talk about sprouting house plants out of fruit seeds.


USDA to announce $308 million in aid to states


January 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is expected to announce that 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a share of more than $300 million in emergency funds to help them recover from an unusually intense year of natural disasters.  Missouri and Utah will receive more than one-third of that total after record flooding in both states. Missouri suffered through months of flooding after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released unprecedented amounts of water from northern Missouri River basin reservoirs, while Utah saw record snow melt that caused heavy flooding.  Of the $308 million in aid to be announced Wednesday, roughly $109 million goes to the two states.  Vilsack noted that 2011 was unusual because almost every part of the country was hit by some type of disaster.

DNR reports fewer deer killed

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

January 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of deer killed during the recent hunting season was down about 4 percent from last year. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says in a news release Tuesday that Iowa hunters killed nearly 113,000 deer during the season that ended Jan. 10. That is also down about 21 percent from 2006. Although the numbers of deer taken are down, the DNR says the number of deer licenses issued has remained about the same since 2006. Dale Garner, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Bureau, says the reduced kill numbers are the result of the reduced deer population. He says officials will review the deer harvest and make proposals to reduce the number of deer killed and stabilize the state’s deer population.

Iowa meat lockers overloaded with venison as deer hunting season ends

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa has more than 80 custom meat lockers that process farm-raised pork and beef, but at this time of year, they’re busy with another type of meat — venison. John Lawrence, a livestock specialist at the Iowa State University extension, says many consumers are turning to venison as the costs of more traditional meat products rise. He says as venison grows in popularity, it’s keeping many small town facilities busy. Lawrence says, “Particularly at this time of year, we think about deer season and the number of deer that are processed through these small plants to the point that if I wanted to have a hog butchered to put in my freezer, I might have to wait until February to get it in because they’re processing the deer from hunting season.” Although there’s nearly one of these processing facilities per county, many struggle to pay a competitive wage while at the same time being large enough to support any family members who may eventually take over. Lawrence says while these facilities have plenty of work for the next few weeks, it’s sometimes a struggle the rest of the year.

He says, “Many of those same business challenges we see in agriculture and up and down Main Street, and if we aren’t able to bridge those gaps and solve those problems, we see a lot of those smaller, family-owned businesses go by the wayside.” Lawrence says in some cases, the custom processor brings more business into town when people come to pick up their meat. According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website, the state has 83 custom meat lockers, with another 38 state-inspected facilities.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)