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USDA Report 6-29-2017

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June 29th, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Denny Heflin.

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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, June 28

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June 28th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .16″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .21″
  • Massena  .41″
  • Avoca  .3″
  • Villisca  .7″
  • Neola  .1″
  • Corning  .37″
  • Underwood  .26″
  • Woodbine  .23″
  • Red Oak  .55″
  • Denison  .25″
  • Carroll  .25″
  • Manning  .25″
  • Logan  .25″
  • Missouri Valley  .24″
  • Bedford  .51″
  • Glenwood  .5″
  • Shenandoah  .74″
  • Creston  .28″
  • Council Bluffs  .5″

Egg executives in salmonella case must report to prison

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June 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences.

53-year old Peter DeCoster must report to the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota after July 30 and his 83-year-old father Austin “Jack” DeCoster must serve his three-month term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin, New Hampshire, 30 days after Peter is released.

They were sentenced to prison by a federal judge in Iowa in 2015 but appealed their sentences claiming they were unconstitutional and unreasonably harsh. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal in May. The DeCosters, who owned and operated Quality Egg LLC, pleaded guilty to selling adulterated food as responsible corporate officers.

Mountain lion killed Tuesday in N.W. Iowa’s Ida County

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June 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today (Tuesday), were called to dispatch a mountain lion from a farm near Galva, in northeast Ida County. The situation arose after a neighboring livestock producer discovered a dead calf that showed evidence consistent with an attack by a large cat late last week. Repeated calls were placed to 911 Monday evening by a nearby landowner who discovered the cat.

DNR officers use lethal action as the last resort option in these situations and every effort is made to humanely remove the animal. Bruce Trautman, deputy director with the Iowa DNR, said “White-tailed deer and other wild animals, particularly the weak or injured, are often the preferred prey. But in this situation, it appears this mountain lion has targeted young livestock and livestock producers are well within their rights to protect their livelihood.”

This is the first confirmed female mountain lion in Iowa. There is no physical evidence that she has produced any young. The Iowa DNR will collect teeth, tissue samples for genetic analysis and examine the stomach contents of the 88 pound animal. This is the fourth mountain lion killed in Iowa and the most recent since 2013 when a four year old male was shot in Sioux County. Since 1995, there have been 21 confirmed mountain lions in Iowa.

Western South Dakota and Nebraska have been the genetic source for the lions killed in Iowa. Mountain lions are not listed as a furbearer and have no protected status in Iowa.

US Ag Secretary to join Branstad in Beijing to promote US beef

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June 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The U-S secretary of agriculture and U-S Ambassador Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor, will meet in Beijing Friday for a ceremony “to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market.” According to the U-S-D-A, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will arrive in China with a shipment of beef from the Greater Omaha Packing Company. The beef is from cattle that were raised in Nebraska.

Perdue and Branstad plan to cut into a piece of prime rib at the ceremony in Beijing.Thirteen years ago China forbid shipments of U.S. beef after a case of Mad Cow disease was confirmed in Washington state. Secretary Perdue says there’s no doubt in his mind that “when the Chinese people taste our high-quality U.S beef, they’ll want more of it.”

The U-S-D-A’s Export Verification Program so far has confirmed processing facilities in Nebraska and Kansas are now eligible to ship U-S beef to China. According to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the requirements to export beef to China are “more stringent” than for other countries. Iowa ranks seventh among U-S states in beef production. China imported two-and-a-half Billion dollars worth of beef last year, none of it from the United States.

On Friday at noon, Perdue and Branstad will host the event promoting U.S. beef at the huge new InterContinental hotel in Beijing. On Saturday, Perdue will be in a Shanghai supermarket for a “cooking demonstration” to promote U-S beef.

(Radio Iowa)

USDA report (Summary) issued 6/26/17

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June 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

There are sections of the state that could use some rain, but overall, Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are faring well according to a weekly report from the USDA. Seventy-nine percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition, while 74 percent of soybeans are in that category, according to Monday’s report from the USDA’s Ag Statistics Services. It notes topsoil moisture levels continue to fall in southeast Iowa – with 78 percent of topsoil rated short to very short on moisture.

New Hampton, in northeast Iowa, recorded the most rain last week with 4.28 inches, while portions of west-central and southwest Iowa recorded no rain at all. Temperatures last week ranged from a high of 97 on Wednesday at Little Sioux to a low of 43 on Saturday morning in Chariton and Grinnell.

(Radio Iowa)

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

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June 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is this year’s World Food Prize winner.

Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank, says the future of global food security relies on making farming in Africa a profitable business to help move farmers out of poverty. An official announcement for the $250,000 World Food Prize was expected in a ceremony Monday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington. Adesina will receive the prize Oct. 19 at the Iowa Capitol.

The prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved food quality and availability.

Montgomery County watershed project to receive more funds

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June 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Monday) announced that four successful watershed-based demonstration projects funded in 2014, and set to end this year, will receive a 2nd round of funding. The locally-led projects will build upon previous demonstration objectives and continue working towards accelerated implementation of practices that improve water quality. Among the projects receiving extensions, is the Walnut Creek Watershed Project (Montgomery County). More details about each of the projects can be found at https://www.cleanwateriowa.org/farm-1/.

Northey said “Extending these projects will allow us to build on the strong foundation that has been created in these watersheds and continue to learn more about the best ways to get water-quality-focused practices on the land.  These projects create a great opportunity for farmers to see practices up close and better understand how they might work on their own farm.”

The projects will receive a total of $1.88 million in additional funding through the Iowa Water Quality Initiative over the next three years. In addition to the state funds, these four projects will access approximately $4.1 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in-kind contributions.

The funds will allow the projects to focus on scaling up implementation of conservation practices identified in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and continue to build on existing assessment and evaluation methods.  Also, an additional $200,000 has been allocated for these projects which will be targeted towards implementation of select priority nutrient reduction conservation practices including wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors.

These four projects will continue to build upon existing partnerships as well as expand efforts to include new partnerships developed during the first three years.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship also has been successful in securing additional federal resources for several of these projects through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Project (RCPP).  Northey says those funds, when paired with Iowa Water Quality Initiative and partner investments, do more than what any one group or organization can accomplish alone.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Monday, June 26

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June 26th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .09″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .08″
  • Denison  .28″
  • Underwood  .07″
  • Corning  .01″
  • Red Oak  .1″
  • Carroll  .12″
  • Manning  .26″
  • Woodbine  .07″
  • Logan  .04″
  • Creston  .04″

International delegation of farmers wraps up Iowa tour

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A delegation of ten agricultural producers and officials from countries as far away as Australia completed their tour of Iowa this week. They visited a host of farms and agricultural facilities as well as communities, large and small. Murilo Betarillo works for an agriculture company in Brazil and says it was a thrill to see how farmers are respected in Iowa.

“I was really impressed with how people here are proud of agriculture and how connected with agriculture they are,” Betarillo says. “People here really give the love for the farmers, for agriculture, so I loved it.” Brazil and the U-S may be on separate continents but when it comes to farming, he says they could practically be next door.

“Brazil and the United States have a lot of similarities,” Betarillo says. “We are a big country so people in the city, they don’t care too much about farmers. It’s the same in Brazil. People in the big cities, they are not very connected to farmers but people in the agricultural states, it’s strong, like here in Iowa.”

The visit included stops on farms and tours of agricultural industries in the Des Moines area as well as Ames, Anita, Bridgewater, Sigourney, Nevada and Ellsworth. They also took in an Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines, the first baseball game for many of them. Delegates were from Australia, Brazil, England, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

(Radio Iowa)