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Posted County Grain Prices: 8-26-16

Ag/Outdoor

August 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $2.87, Beans $9.72
Adair County: Corn $2.84, Beans $9.75
Adams County: Corn $2.84, Beans $9.71
Audubon County: Corn $2.86, Beans $9.74
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $2.90, Beans $9.72
Guthrie County: Corn $2.89, Beans $9.76
Montgomery County: Corn $2.89, Beans $9.74
Shelby County: Corn $2.90, Beans $9.72

Oats $1.94 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

Backyard & Beyond 8-25-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 25th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Angie McKee of Emerson about the Red Oak Craft Festival.

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Local Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Thursday, August 25

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 25th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .02″
  • Massena  .51″
  • Clarinda  .05″
  • Audubon  trace
  • Logan  trace
  • Glenwood  .03″
  • Shenandoah  .04″

Iowa dairy producers to benefit from USDA purchase of 11 million pounds of cheese

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Dairy producers in Iowa and across the country are getting some help from the USDA. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says revenues for dairy producers have dropped 35 percent over the past two years and that’s led to a surplus of cheese which is at its highest level in 30 years. “So, in an effort to try to provide help and assistance and to complement the work that we’ve done with the Margin Protection Program, we’re announcing a purchase of about 11 million pounds of cheese that will be used for food banks and pantries to help families who are struggling financially with their food assistance and food help,” Vilsack said.

photo courtesy of traveliowa.com

photo courtesy of traveliowa.com

The purchase is valued at $20 million and should help the market “a bit,” according to Vilsack. The 11 million pound purchase is far less than the amounts recommended by the National Milk Producers Federation and the American Farm Bureau. “This is at the end of the fiscal year. We don’t have as much flexibility in the program, obviously, because we’ve already made commitments to purchase various other products throughout the year that are faced with a similar set of challenges and circumstances as our dairy producers are,” Vilsack explained.

In addition to the cheese purchase, Vilsack has extended the deadline for signup for the Margin Protection Program. Instead of having until September 30, dairy producers now have until December 16. Iowa ranks 7th in the country for cheese production. Wisconsin and California are by far the top two cheese producing states in the U.S.

(Radio IA/Brownfield Ag News)

Heartbeat Today 08-24-2016

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

August 24th, 2016 by Jim Field

Jim Field speaks with Randy Maas about an Alzheimers Support Group that has been put together.

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Iowa board halts pipeline work on 15 landowners’ parcels

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Utilities Board has ordered a Texas company to refrain from building a pipeline on 15 landowners’ properties until Monday to give the board time to review legal issues involving a lawsuit. The board issued an order Wednesday requiring Dakota Access to provide detailed information about the progress of construction in Iowa and the cost the company will incur if it is required to work around the parcels.

The landowners’ lawsuit challenges the board’s authority to allow eminent domain for a privately owned pipeline project. That suit has not come before a court yet, and the board will hear arguments Thursday on the landowners’ motion to halt construction until that happens.  The $3.8 billion pipeline will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, and has been met with weeks of protests in North Dakota.

Proposed Atlantic Ethanol plant needs more investors, but work continues

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A proposed 150-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Atlantic is still millions of dollars away from becoming a reality. Mark Wedemyer, with the Cass County Board of Supervisors said today Wednesday, that a meeting was held Monday night in Oakland for potential investors in the Ohio-based Farmers Energy Cardinal plant. Wedemeyer said the needs to raise about $15-million more dollars before construction can begin. He said there is a meeting next Monday night at the Atlantic Airport to try and generate more investor interest.

In January, the Iowa Economic Development Authority approved tax benefits in the form of $4.25-million in sales tax refunds for the project that promises to create 49 jobs.

Wedemyer said they’re making pretty good progress on plans for the plant, but there are some sticking points as far as the railroad is concerned, with regard to the rate the company will pay for transportation of Dried Distillers Grain (DDG) and Ethanol the plant will produce. Snyder and Associates Engineer Tim Teig told the Board of Supervisor’s negotiations are underway to resolve the transportation issue.

Wedemeyer said Atlantic is in a good position geographically, to make transportation of those products to both coasts. The proposed ethanol plant will be designed and built by Minnesota-based Fagen, Incorporated. Once constructed, it will be one of the State’s largest. Snyder’s Tim Teig said even with their investment goal still out of reach, officials are anxious to get some work done, because they are confident the plant will become a reality.

He says there’s some early activity with regard to getting side tracks for storage of numerous railcars Fagan purchased. The land has been purchased the needed land and have a contractor lined-up to start grading. The project will require additional crossings of the railroad tracks, north of the existing crossing.

The plans have been submitted to the County Engineer and Snyder and Associates for review, to make sure there are no conflicts with the road design for future paving of the road by the County. To that end, the Board approved giving the firm authorization to assist in the coordination, planning and review of various improvements necessary for the plant, that may impact the Glacier and Echo Road paving projects.

Backyard & Beyond 8-24-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 24th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Emily Paulsen of Brun Ko Farm about visiting local farms.

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Cass County Extension Report 8-24-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 24th, 2016 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.

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Local Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, August 24

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

August 24th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .71″
  • Massena  1.12″
  • Avoca  1.45″
  • Treynor  1.3″
  • Clarinda  .93″
  • Shenandoah  1.53″
  • Glenwood  1.27″
  • Villisca  2.45″
  • Irwin  .06″
  • Missouri Valley  3.62″
  • Decorah  8.46″