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Iowa hunting season nears for rabbits, squirrels

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Saturday marks the opening day of the annual hunting season for cottontail rabbits as well as fox and gray squirrels. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters should see more rabbits than last year, especially in southern Iowa. The cottontail season runs through February.

The squirrel season also begins Saturday, and DNR forest wildlife coordinator Jim Coffey says numbers should be about the same as last year. The squirrel season continues through Jan. 31.

Farm trade groups form water quality alliance

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa farm trade groups have formed an organization called the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance to push farmers harder on the implementation of farm practices designed to clean Iowa’s water. The group’s goal is to get more farmers to participate in the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a voluntary program initiated Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration.

Environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community improvement want measurable and enforceable standards. They say the new alliance will do little to improve Iowa water. Iowa CCI says it’s a corporate public relations campaign that won’t change a thing.

Branstad announced the creation of the alliance Monday with officials from Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

The soybean group’s CEO Kirk Leeds is board chairman of the nonprofit alliance.

Tractors everywhere as the Farm Progress show opens tomorrow

Ag/Outdoor

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A world’s fair of what’s happening in agriculture comes to the central Iowa town of Boone this week with the 61st annual Farm Progress Show. Dena Morgan, marketing specialist for the event, expects up to 100-thousand people to tour the grounds during the three-day event, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday). Morgan says, “All of the major exhibitors will be here, Deere, Case, New Holland, AGCO, Monsanto, Syngenta, just about every company or any product or service that has to do with agriculture will have somebody here.”

When the show started in the 1950s, the event moved between Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In 2005, it was decided the show would be held in Boone and Decatur, Illinois every other year. The permanent facility in Boone continues to expand.  “When the show site was originally built in 2008 we had 12 streets,” Morgan says. “In 2012, we sold out of all that exhibit space so we added this 13th street. This year, we have oversold that area and had to create an annex.”

That annex in the north parking lot area includes 40 new exhibitors who haven’t been to the show before, including Caterpillar and McCormick. The show is located near Highway 30 and Highway 17 east of Boone.

Learn more at www.farmprogressshow.com

(Radio Iowa)

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac are feeling a bit smug after correctly predicting the past nasty winter, which featured relentless snowstorms and a polar vortex. Editors of the 198-year-old publication in Maine are projecting more of the same in a few months. The latest edition officially goes on sale this week. It forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.

The publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, bases its long-range forecasts on a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles. Modern science doesn’t put much stock in the formula, but modern meteorologists sometimes struggle with long-range forecasts. The national Climate Prediction Center projected milder weather last winter.

This is Your Nishna Valley 08-23-2014

Podcasts, This is Your Nishna Valley

August 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field and Stacie Linfor

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Vilsack: Farmers should be OK despite price drops

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he isn’t worried about farmer profitability this year, when huge corn and soybean crops have pushed prices for the commodities below the cost of production. Vilsack tells The Associated Press that many U.S. farmers have contracts that will pay $4 or $5 a bushel of corn and about $13 for a bushel of soybeans, so they should be OK.

He also notes that lower commodity prices will help livestock producers, who in recent years have struggled with the high cost of feed. For those who won’t earn enough to cover their costs, he notes the farm bill offers aid so farmers can survive difficult years.

Vilsack spoke with the AP after touring a food processing company in Marshalltown with U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 08-23-2014

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

August 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Lavon and Miss NiNi

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NO-COOK TOMATO SAUCE (8-23-14)

Family Fun in the Kitchen

August 23rd, 2014 by Jim Field

6 large fresh tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Coarsely ground black pepper
Chop tomatoes into a bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Toss gently. Cover and let stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Toss with pasta, use on pizzas, spoon over grilled chicken, make bruschetta or simply eat with a spoon. May store in refrigerator for several days or freeze leftovers.

BRUSCHETTA
Slice a loaf of French bread or similar bread into 1/2″ slices. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or grill until lightly browned. Top with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese; may add olives, chopped onions or other favorites. May reheat or eat at room temperature.

 

Deere to lay off about 460 in Waterloo

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. has announced hundreds of layoffs at its tractor factory in Waterloo. The Illinois-based agricultural equipment maker says about 460 workers will be laid off effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than 600 employees at four Midwest factories that make harvesting and other agricultural equipment due to slumping demand. That layoff includes another Iowa plant, in Ankeny.

The company said earlier this month that it planned to reduce agricultural equipment production for the remainder of the year. Company shares are down 63 cents to $85.58 in early trading.

Vilsack in Iowa to announce new product grants

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is returning to Iowa to announce federal grants designed to encourage development of new value-added farm products and to discuss other rural development funding programs. Vilsack, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, will travel to a dairy operation in Ely in eastern Iowa and a food cooperative in Marshalltown.

They’ll announce recipients of Value-Added Producer Grants for Iowa businesses. Money for the grants was increased in the 2014 Farm Bill. They also will discuss the Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants program which provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas.