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.

Study says biking has $365 million impact on state

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A study by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition has determined that the economic and health benefits of cycling amount to nearly 365-million dollars of direct or indirect impact on the state. Coalition executive director, Mark Wyatt, says the direct impact involves a lot of things. “It’s people spending money on bicycle gear and equipment, and it’s people taking trips and enjoying unique trails, or having the opportunity for hotel stays, and things like that that really add up in dollars very quickly,” Wyatt says. He says the impact is bigger than they expected. “That’s a million dollars per day that’s spent on bicycling…averaged out over the year,” Wyatt says. The study estimates that bicycling saves the state 73-point-nine-million dollars in healthcare costs for those who cycle recreational, and it shows another 13-thousand-266 dollars in health care costs saved by those who commute to work. Wyatt says the impact of the states bike trails could be even bigger.

“I think there’s a huge opportunity for tourism, and one of the things that this study didn’t address was out-of-state tourism dollars coming into the state,” Wyatt explains. The survey was released on the heels of the annual Iowa Bicycle Summit, which is Saturday in Des Moines.  Wyatt says the summit has been an education session the past eight years, but this year they’ve expanded it to a consumer expo. “People can come and look at bike gear and talk to people who’re running bike trail events, and all sorts of trends and what’s great about bicycling,” Wyatt says. There are some 50 vendors who will be at the summit. The event runs from 8:30 a-m until 4:30 p-m at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines. You can find out more at: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

USDA Report

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Denny Heflin


Cass County Extension Report 01-25-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olsen


FSA allocates emergency funding


January 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

USDA/FSA Executive Director for Iowa, John R. Whitaker, has announced that $10.8 million of Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) funding has been received for Iowa’s farmers to repair land that was damaged by 2011 natural disasters. Counties receiving ECP funds for Missouri River Flooding are:  Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, West Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont.  Woodbury County will also receive funding under the EFRP program.  Dubuque, Benton, and Tama Counties will receive ECP funding for damages related to 2011 summer storms.  

ECP provides cost share assistance to rehabilitate farmland and conservation structures. Producers/landowners who have suffered terrace washouts, flood debris in the fields and deposits, fences washed out and other damage to eligible conservation structures should contact the local FSA office for more information. EFRP participants may implement emergency forest restoration practices, including emergency measures necessary to repair damage caused by natural disaster to natural resources on nonindustrial private forestland and restore forest health and forest related resources on land.  

FSA County Committee’s determine eligibility based on on-site inspections of the damaged land and consider the type and extent of the damage. If you would like to learn more about ECP, EFRP, or other programs administered by FSA, please contact your local office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov

Audubon County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Audubon HS Wrestling Fund

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Seed Company said Tuesday Blane Kerkhoff, of Audubon, has been selected as a winner in the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” contest, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Kerkhoff has designated the Audubon High School Wresting Fund to receive the award in Audubon County. Audubon Community School District Superintendent Brett Gibbs, Kerkhoff and a Monsanto representative will participate in a check presentation ceremony Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30., at the Audubon High School (800 3rd St. in Audubon).

Farmers in 39 states and 1,245 counties were eligible to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit.  America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society, by helping them grow their local communities.

Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com

Senate committee votes to override lead-shot ban

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa legislative committee has voted to overturn a Natural Resources Commission rule that would have banned hunting mourning doves with lead-shot ammunition. The Senate Natural Resources committee voted 9-3 for the measure on Tuesday. The commission last year unanimously recommended lead-shot ammunition be banned. Environmental advocates say it can harm or kill animals when ingested. A legislative committee put the ban on hold, but it would take effect if lawmakers don’t reverse the rule before adjourning in a few months. If lead-shot is banned, steel-shot ammunition would still be allowed. But hunters say steel-shot doesn’t perform as well, and is inconvenient and expensive. The resolution now goes to the full Senate.

Adair County Extension Office to move in April

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Extension office is moving. Officials with the Extension office in Greenfield says as of this April, the center of Adair County’s 4-H and Youth programs will be housed in the south portion of the Warren Cultural Center on the Greenfield Square. “We’re really excited about being up there,” says Adair County Extension Council Chairman Randy Caviness. “We see really positive things coming out of this.”

The Extension Service oversees a variety of ag-related programming, including Adair County 4-H, Clover Kids, and Youth Council. It provides pesticide and manure handling training, livestock and crop management education, and Master Gardener programs, as well as partnering with the Neely Kinyon Research Farm for its annual field day. Extension also focuses on area families with the Growing Strong Families program.

It is currently housed in the City Hall Building on South First Street, where it has been for 15 years. The city will use the additional space to accommodate its office needs. “Agriculture is a part of our culture, and that makes the Extension Service a good fit for our mission,” says Nancy Queck, chairman of the Warren Cultural Center project. “They’re more than just a tenant. They’re a vital part of our community and we’re thrilled to have them in the center.”

Patrons of the Extension office will enter via the main entrance to the building. Extension and the WCC will share a receptionist. The Extension Service will utilize other portions of the building for meetings and conferences as needed. “It’s not only good for us, but it will get people into the building that might not o herwise go there,” says Caviness. “It’s a wonderful historic building, and it’s great to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

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.