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.

EPA sued for scrapping livestock data collection

Ag/Outdoor

August 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental and animal welfare groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized the EPA to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms. The EPA dropped the rule in July 2012, saying it would get farm locations, waste management practices and number of animals on the properties from state and federal agencies.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Washington and claims that the EPA lacks the rational basis required by law to withdraw the rule. It also says the information is critical to enforcing the federal Clean Water Act. The EPA didn’t respond to messages.

The plaintiffs are The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

Silent auction to be held Friday through Monday, in Guthrie County

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Guthrie County 4-H will host a silent auction beginning Friday, August 30 in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Guthrie County Fair. Proceeds from the sale will help more than 200 4-H member participate in the local 4-H program.

Mollie Clark, County Youth Coordinator for Guthrie County ISU Extension & Outreach said “We are very lucky to have such a great 4-H program in Guthrie County and this benefits ALL of the members in our county.”

Items on the auction range include, but are not limited to: an electric grill; a large pizza each month for a year from Zipp’s Pizzaria in Adair; Cattlemen’s Cook Out, and Adirondack chairs. The Guthrie County Extension Office and Silent Auction Committee expresses its gratitude to all of the local individuals and businesses that have generously donated to help the 4-Her’s.

The silent auction will end on Monday, September 1st at noon.

Cass County Extension Report 08-28-2013

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August 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Program provides access to 7,600 acres of private land to hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says eight new sites have been added to Iowa’s walk in public hunting access program, increasing the land available for hunting by nearly 600 acres. There are a total of 7,590 acres of private property on 48 sites available to hunters. The Iowa Hunting and Access Program (IHAP) is a partnership with Iowa landowners who agree to allow hunters access to the portion of their property enrolled in the program in exchange for habitat improvement on that land.

The newly enrolled land is spread across the state but all of the new sites are located in north central; an area of the state with the least amount of public hunting access sites in the past.  Hunting opportunities should be even greater this year as the habitat on the sites have had another year of development.  Site maps are available on the DNR’s website showing boundaries, which species would be most likely attracted to the habitat and the location of a comment box where hunters can leave their thoughts on the program.  Detailed information for each site can also be found on the hunting atlas http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/huntingatlas/.

Walk-in public hunting through IHAP is available between September 1st and May 31st. Areas are posted with signs, are regularly patrolled by Iowa DNR conservation officers and will be treated like public hunting ground, with the noted exception that it is private property. The DNR has a list of tips and guidelines hunters should follow and maps of the properties online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/PlacestoHuntShoot/HabitatAccessProgram.aspx

Iowa officials say campsites filling for Labor Day

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are reminding residents that time is running out to reserve a campsite for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The state Department of Natural Resources say campers must make their reservation no later than Wednesday if they want that a campsite with electricity at an Iowa state park. Campers can register online.

Campers who don’t register should arrive as early as possible to claim a campsite on a first-come, first served basis. Officials say flexible campers still have a few options available.

Farmers apply for state money to reduce runoff

Ag/Outdoor

August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers have applied for state funding to help them reduce the amount of fertilizer and manure runoff from fields on more than 120,000 acres. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says farmers submitted applications for $2.8 million in cost share funding made available to help implement practices intended to help improve water quality. Since it’s a cost-share program farmers will provide at least $2.8 million of their money.

Northey says the department received applications from 1,096 different farmers covering 120,680 acres. Practices include use of cover crops, no-till and strip-till farming and use of a chemical that slows the rate at which ammonia applied as fertilizer is converted to nitrogen. The department received $3 million in one-time funding to support statewide water quality practices over the next five years.

Groups sue to stop use of GMO crops in refuges

Ag/Outdoor

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop planting genetically modified crops in wildlife refuges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in California by the Center for Food Safety, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the Sierra Club, and Beyond Pesticides.

It alleges the Fish and Wildlife Service unlawfully entered into farming contracts on five refuges in the four states without an environmental analysis required by federal law. The lawsuit also seeks to have the service end blanket pesticide use in the national wildlife refuges until environmental impact studies are done.

A similar lawsuit halted the practice of planting GMOs in refuges in several states the northeast and in the southeast.

Iowa recognizes more than 430 generational farms

Ag/Outdoor

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 7-a.m., with area farm info.)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has recognized more than 430 generational farms in the state this year. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says 365 century farms and 67 heritage farms were recently recognized at the Iowa State Fair. The century and heritage farm program celebrates families that have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years and 150 years.

Among the farms recognized during the fair are the following….

(County/Owner/City or area/year established):

Adair: Betty Beaman, near Stuart, 1913; Carolyn (Doud) Boss, Stuart, 1913; Leslie Earl Buck, Greenfield, 1899; Sara Crook, Orient, 1883; Phyllis E. Hanke, Fontanelle, 1913; Sharon & Kieth Mensing, Orient, 1912.  Adams: James Pete Roberts, Corning, 1910; Harold E. Walter, Nodaway, 1898. Audubon: Larry & Connie Ahrendsen, Manning; 1911; Lousie C. Duvall, Audubon, 1904; Lovila Hansen, Fiscus, 1911; Brian J. Klocke, Dedham, 1913. Cass: Duane & Lois Weppler, Lewis, 1902. Guthrie: James & Beverly Arganbright, Panora, 1907; Douglas G. Bruce, Yale, 1871; Jean Couperus, Yale, 1909; Danny & LaRayne Deardorff, Yale, 1908; William E. Potter, Menlo, 1913. Montgomery: Mark & Nancy Lindgren, Stanton, 1913. Pottawattamie: J. Bernie & Norma Bolton, Oakland, 1911; Jack Drake, Walnut, 1909; Bernice L. Hansen, Crescent, 1913. Shelby:Wayne & Lois Petersen, Harlan, 1913.

Northey says the program’s recipients are a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance. More than 17,850 farms across Iowa have been recognized as century farms since 1976, and 650 farms have been recognized as heritage farms since 2006.

Iowa crops set back in dryer than normal week

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The condition of the corn crop in Iowa and nationally has declined slightly as a late summer dry hot spell settles in over Iowa and other Midwest states renewing fears of a crop damaging drought. The Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that corn is about two weeks behind schedule in Iowa as 21 percent is now rated poor or very poor up from 18 percent the previous week and 44 percent is good or excellent, down from 48 percent previously. The remaining portion is fair.

Nationally a larger portion of the crop similarly slipped into poor or very poor category. Iowa soybeans are now 20 percent poor or very poor, up from 18 percent the week before. A similar decline is reported nationally.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts “piercing cold” winter for Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who don’t enjoy the extreme heat that’s in the forecast this week may find relief in a prediction from the Farmers’ Almanac. The publication’s managing editor, Sandi Duncan, says they’re predicting a winter with below normal temperatures for about two-thirds of the country.FarmersAlmanac2014-Winter-Map “We are saying it’s going to be a very cold winter, in fact, we’re using the words ‘piercing cold’ in your neck of the woods, with normal snowfall,” Duncan says. “So, it’s going to be one of those rough, old-fashioned, very chilly, very cold, snowy winters.”

The Farmer’s Almanac for 2014 hit newsstands today (Monday). Scientists don’t put much stock in the almanac’s weather forecasts, which Duncan says are based on a secret, mathematical and astronomical formula. “It takes things like sun spot activity, tidal action of the moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of factors into play,” Duncan says. “We’ve been predicting the weather for 197 years and people who follow our forecasts say we’re about 80 to 85 percent accurate.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, which was founded in 1818, is predicting a heavy winter storm will hit the Northeast U.S. right around the time Super Bowl is played February 2 in New Jersey.

On the web at http://www.farmersalmanac.com/

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