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Legislative Update–Week 2

The second week of the Iowa General Assembly was shortened due to the celebration of Martin Luther King’s Day. Members returned to the Capitol on Tuesday and committee work began.  Between the House and the Senate Ways and Means committees, many presentations were given on property tax in Iowa.

Statement from the American Soybean Association on Tuesday's State of the Union Address

American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman issued a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Agronomic Tip of the Week: ISU publishes 2011 Evaluation of Soybean Varieties Resistant to Soybean Cyst Nematode in Iowa

A special insert evaluating SCN-resistant varieties was included with the Jan. 21 Iowa Farmer Today, which went to 70,000 Iowans. ISU’s  SCN-Resistant Variety Trial, supported by the Iowa soybean checkoff, marked its 20th year in 2011 and is the largest and most thorough program of its kind in the United States. For a pdf of the publication, click here.

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Plan to attend On-Farm Network Conference on Feb. 16

The annual Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network® Conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus in Ames. Everyone with an interest in row crop production is invited to attend.

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Iowa FFA chapters recognized as "Planting A Seed" recipients

Six Iowa FFA chapters have been awarded $1,500 “Planting A Seed” grants by the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) to conduct activities that increase agricultural awareness in their communities and interest among youth in food production and life sciences

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Iowa receives $10.8M in farm-flood recovery funds

Iowa will receive $10.8 million in agriculture disaster funds to help farmers recover from flooding along the Missouri River. The funds were part of $310 million in USDA funds announced by U.S. Ag Secretary Vilsack. Officials say the aid will help remove debris and sand left behind when the floodwaters receded.

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Governor shares agriculture priorities for 2012

In his Condition of the State address on Jan. 10, Gov. Terry Branstad touched on a couple of his key agricultural priorities for 2012. One priority is his proposal to reform property taxes, which includes a change regarding agricultural and residential property. Under the plan, taxes on these properties could increase by only 2 percent per year, instead of the 4 percent per year maximum in current law.

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Branstad nixes ag secretary's budget request

The Budget Report released Jan. 10 by Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds does not provide additional funds requested by Ag Secretary Northey, who had asked Branstad to fill in some of the department's cuts in Branstad's budget recommendation. Northey asked that the department's general fund appropriation be increased from the current fiscal year's $16.5 million to $18.1 million.

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State agriculture directors meet with EPA

Last Friday state directors of agriculture from Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming met with Environmental Protection Agency officials to form a dialogue. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey, president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, said it was a very good meeting with a lot of questions and discussions.

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Study shows soybeans most affected by reduced dredging of Mississippi River

A study shows soybeans and other agricultural commodities will be the most affected by draft reductions brought on by reduced dredging on the Mississippi River. The study found that, if the controlling depth is reduced to 38 feet of draft, the nation and the world stand to lose 12.38 million tons of exports and 5.87 million tons of imports.

ISU meteorologist: Climate change small factor in weather

Iowa suffered its hottest July since the mid-1950s last year and has received below-average moisture since, but agricultural meteorologist Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University told the Land Investment Expo climate change accounts for only about 5 percent of whatever weather patterns emerge at a given time. Taylor said weather patterns tend to run in cycles as long as two decades.

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DNR announces another round of Watershed Planning Grants

The DNR is opening another round of Watershed Planning Grants, offering $10,000 to $50,000 to develop plans that address problems and create solutions for waters on the state’s impaired waters list. Local or regional groups, organizations or agencies (public or private) are eligible to apply.  Applications are due April 2.

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Why future leader of China is coming to Iowa

The White House gas announced that Vice President Xi Jinping, the man most likely to be China’s next President, will visit Washington, D.C., and California next month. Also on his itinerary: Iowa. So why is Xi coming to Iowa? For one, he’s returning to see some old friends.

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Special sessions at Power Farming Show focus on herbicide resistant weeds

ISA urges farmers visiting the Power Farming Show in Des Moines on January 31 and February 1 to take in an informational session led by ISU Extension Weed Specialist Mike Owen; the sessions are titled “Herbicide Resistant Weeds, Past, Present and Future; Act Now or Pay the Consequences.”

Calling all U.S. soybean farmers: See checkoff for yourself

U.S. soybean farmers can now apply for the United Soybean Board’s See for Yourself (SFY) program, which will enable 10 U.S. soybean farmers to witness for themselves how the soybeans they grow are used.

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