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.

Cass County Extension Report 02-04-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

February 4th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Seed Treatment Course Scheduled for Feb. 18


February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

RED OAK, IOWA Montgomery County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site is ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County, 400 Bridge Street Suite 2. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 11 and $45 after Feb. 11. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Jodie at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Montgomery County at 712-623-2592.

The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 4 and 10. Topics to be covered include equipment calibration and safe application techniques; pests, pest management and pesticides; and issues concerning treated seed.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Interested participants should bring their CCA number for the CEU sign-in sheet.

Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered by the PSEP team can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PSEP/.

Lawmakers back effort to preserve Iowa farmland

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are getting behind an effort to preserve farmland in the state. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton, said Tuesday they would serve on an advisory board to the new Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. The organization seeks to preserve land in Iowa for farming and to make it more affordable for beginning farmers.

The legislators said the effort would benefit Iowa. They are not planning any immediate legislation, but will start discussions about what the state could do to help. Suzan Erem is president of the Iowa Land Trust. She said the group will try to help reclassify land to preserve it for farming and will seek to acquire parcels that could be leased to farmers.

FFA Legislative Symposium


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Left to Right Front Haley Carlson, Emily McDermott, Marshal McDermott (seated), Adam Freund, Clayton Saeugling.  Back Row  Eric Miller and Representative Jack Drake.

Left to Right
Front Haley Carlson, Emily McDermott, Marshal McDermott (seated), Adam Freund, Clayton Saeugling. Back Row Eric Miller and Representative Jack Drake.

Five Atlantic FFA Officers attended the 30th Annual FFA Legislative Symposium on January 27, 2015. The Legislative Symposium is a chance for Iowa FFA members to advocate to their district senator and representative. Atlantic members arrived at the FFA Enrichment Center for a layout of the day. After opening ceremonies, FFA members listened to two guest speakers, Craig Hill from Iowa Farm Bureau and Libby Crimmings from the World Food Prize. The next activity was a breakout session to learn about approaching their legislators and what to advocate to them. The day continued as the FFA members traveled to the capitol building to seek out their senator and representative. Atlantic FFA members got the chance to speak to Representative Jack Drake about the impact of FFA on their lives. They also got the chance to listen to Drake talk about what he does and see some interesting parts of the capitol building. Unfortunately, Atlantic FFA members did not get the chance to talk to Senator Tom Shipley. Atlantic FFA ended the day with a lunch stop at Legends before heading home. Junior Clayton Saeugling said, “It was an extraordinary opportunity for our FFA chapter to meet with our local representative and see our state’s capitol in action. We also got to connect with other FFA members and friends by advocating for agriculture together.”

FFA State Officer Visit


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Atlantic High School welcomed Logan Bauer, the Southwest State Vice President, Michael Tupper, the Northeast State Vice President, and Zoie Shook, the Southwest District Vice President to a chapter visit on January 23, 2015. While at AHS, the officers lead interactive workshops for the agriculture education classes. These workshops incorporated teamwork, listening skills, patience, and problem solving skills. They challenged the agriculture classes to put their knowledge to use in the classroom and in the field. The officers also talked with the agricultural education instructor, Eric Miller and the Atlantic Officer Team about what the future of Atlantic FFA looks like. Freshmen FFA member Josh Rossell said, “I thought the activities that taught us about leadership and teamwork were fun. It was a good experience overall.”

CHapter Visit 1 Chapter Visit 3 Chater Visit 2

Atlantic FFA starts the New Year with a BANG!


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Haley Carlson
Atlantic FFA Reporter

FFA Leadership Conference

Left to Right Emily Saeugling, Clint Hansen, Haley Carlson

Left to Right
Emily Saeugling, Clint Hansen, Haley Carlson

Three members of the Atlantic FFA to the 212/360 Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center January 10, 2015. Freshmen Emily Saeugling attended the 212 Conference. This was for freshmen and sophomore FFA members. The conference focused on six topics: passions, virtues, decision making, character, setting goals, and action. It was held by the Iowa FFA State Officer Team. Saeugling said, “I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to others.” Junior Haley Carlson and senior Clint Hansen attended the 360 Conference. This Conference was for junior and senior FFA members to help create a vision for their future and the future of their FFA chapter. During this conference members got to interact with others from around Iowa and learn about what they think needs improvement in chapters and what success stories they have. The 360 Conference was facilitated by Josh Earll and Rachel Kagay. Each conference had a total of six sessions, along with lunch. Advisor, Eric Miller always has an assignment for each FFA event, and it is to make a new friend each day of the event. All three members walked out with many friends and great ideas for the future of the Atlantic FFA.

KJAN Conservation Report 01-31-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 31st, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Host Bob Bebensee and Brian Smith, Conservation Officer for Cass and Adair Counties.

USDA Report 01-29-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

January 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Dave York

House panel rejects bill on crossbow use for Iowa children

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Members of a House panel have rejected a bill that would have expanded the ability of children to use a crossbow to hunt deer in Iowa. The natural resources subcommittee tabled the bill indefinitely Thursday. Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Missouri Valley Republican, says he will work with interested parties to reword the bill for a future session.

The bill would have allowed children ages 16 and under with a youth deer hunting license to hunt for deer with a crossbow during other firearm seasons. The minor would have needed an unused tag. A child can currently use a crossbow during the late muzzleloader season if they’re accompanied by a licensed adult.

The Iowa Bowhunters Association, which supports archery through bow and arrow, expressed concern about expanding crossbow use.

Ag economist says ethanol producers caught in squeeze of lower gas prices


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University agricultural economist says the ethanol industry is facing a “good news – bad news” scenario with profit margins becoming very slim. Economist Chad Hart says lower corn and gas prices are starting to put the squeeze on ethanol producers.  “When we look at our ethanol plants, yes it’s good to have these lower corn prices, that means lower inputs costs. But as oil and gas prices drop, that means ethanol prices in order to remain competitive, have to drop,”Hart explains. “It’s squeezing those profit margins at those ethanol plants, and my guess is they are likely going to slow down here as we move into these next few months. The longer the oil price stays down, the slower they go.”

He says the current conditions show the need for the Renewable Fuel Standard to be in place to dictate how much ethanol is used.  “It is still a developing bio-fuel that at times will need some support. Now when oil prices were about say 60, 70 80 dollars a barrel, no, the market drove where the ethanol industry goes. Now that oil prices have gone down again, yeah, maybe it does need that support from the renewable fuel standard.” Hart says the problem for ethanol is not demand.

“Demand is actually really good, but the problem is that supplies are just that large,” Hart says. “And the potential for supplies are to continue to grow. As we look at the 2015 crop year coming up as we look out there we are going to see a lot of acreage in play, we’ll see a lot of corn and soybean production in ’15, and that’s likely going to hold prices down as we go through the next year.” The grain marketing specialist says if there is a possibility for hope in the grain markets, it could be overseas

“If we’re looking for that positive surprise, it would have to be exports. So far so good on that, we have seen a little bit of improvement compared to last year,” Hart says. “But, and this is a fairly large but in this case, the idea is as we look out there, with the global economy seemingly softening, as we look at crude oil prices and the value of the dollar continuing to strengthen, that’s holding back where exports can take us as well.” Hart made his comments at a seminar in Le Mars.

(Radio Iowa)