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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by adverse weather. Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, encourages farmers to set up an appointment at their local Farm Service Agency office to complete timely filing. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture to report spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and crop insurance agents. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“These are challenging times for farmers, and we are here to help,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “This deadline extension is part of our broader effort to increase program flexibility and reduce overall regulatory burden for producers who are having to make some tough choices for their operations.”

Producers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Acreage reports from producers in the affected states who set up appointments before the July 22 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline. Likewise, reports from producers in non-affected states who set up appointments before July 15 will be considered timely filed.

“We encourage you to contact your FSA county office today to set up an appointment,” Northey said. “Our team is standing by to help you complete this important process that keeps you eligible for key USDA programs.”

Olin, IA — Farmers are invited to attend the Iowa Soybean Association’s 4R Field Day at the Darin Stolte farm at 304 Rose Ave, Olin, IA 52320 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM (registration will begin at 9:30 AM).

The goal of the field day is to show farmers and landowners practices they can follow to maximize profitability while conserving and improving soil health and water quality. The 4Rs of nutrient management — Right Source, Right Time, Right Rate, Right Place — will be discussed as well as in-field and edge-of-field practices that reduce nutrients entering water bodies. The field day is free, and lunch is provided.

North Liberty, IA — Plan to attend the Iowa Soybean Association event "Making Soil Conservation Profitable" on August 20. Attendees will learn the benefits of soil and water conservation practices from farmers, landowners, agronomists, and peer-to-peer discussions. 

The event will be at Hills Bank, 590 W. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty from 9:45 PM – 3:00 PM. It is free and lunch is included, catered by LJ's. Sponsored by: Iowa Soybean Association, Next Generation Ag Advocates, Hills Bank, and Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Registration is limited to 75 people. RSVP by Aug. 10.

Nevada, IA — Plan to attend the Iowa Soybean Association event "Making Soil Conservation Profitable" on August 30. Attendees will learn the benefits of soil and water conservation practices from farmers, landowners, agronomists, and peer-to-peer discussions.

Registration is limited to 75 people. RSVP by Aug. 20.

The event will be at the Couser Cattle Company, 20408 620th Ave, Nevada from 9:45 PM – 3:00 PM. It is free and lunch is included, catered by the Story County Cattlemen. Sponsored by: Iowa Soybean Association, Hertz Farm Management, and Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Ankeny, IA — A recent collaboration between the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) and the United Soybean Board (USB) has enabled the expansion of an important website for soybean checkoff-funded research and outreach. Recently launched, the improved website showcases all soybean checkoff-funded research and extension work focusing on basic and applied soybean research focused on production agronomics and cropping systems including breeding and disease, insect, weed and abiotic stress management.

The Soybean Research & Information Initiative (SRII) website has been redesigned to enhance farmers’ ability to access soybean checkoff research results. The updated site, now called the Soybean Research and Information Network (SRN), encompasses projects from NCSRP as well as USB and other state and regional soybean associations. It also will continue to serve as the home for research project highlights and resources, linking directly to the original research on the USB national soybean checkoff research database. The website domain name has not changed and can still be found at soybeanresearchinfo.com.

St. Paul, MN — Does the prospect of picking weeds out of a failed pollinator planting leave you cold?  You're not alone! Farmers are invited to attend an upcoming webinar that features the experiences and hard-earned lessons of farmers and landowners who have tried to establish monarch habitat.

The webinar “How to plant for success: The trials and triumphs of establishing pollinator habitat” will air July 23rd at 2 pm Eastern. Learn more and register for free! This webinar, delivered by the Keystone Monarch Collaborative and Monarch Joint Venture, will feature the real-world experiences of farmers establishing habitat adjacent to their working land, like ISA member Wayne Fredericks’ farm near Osage in Mitchell County

Pete Berthelsen brings three decades worth of experience not only growing habitat himself but also consulting with landowners on the best establishment practices for their land.

Josh Divan advises farmers on habitat establishment and Farm Bill programs, and his own family has used precision agriculture tools to identify areas that contribute more to their operational bottom line as habitat than as cropped acreage. 

This is the second of two webinars this summer for agricultural landowners and managers.  The first on May 28th focused more broadly on the economic and ecological case for enhancing habitat adjacent to working lands and is now available to view as a recording.

Teaneck, NJ — Following a significant advance in the development of a vaccine for African swine fever, Phibro Animal Health Corporation says it is pursuing patent protection. The company announced that its vaccine development process now involves the identification of immunogenic epitopes and proteins that show strong potential to form the basis for a vaccine against ASF.

Phibro’s R&D team and its collaborators made the identification through the use of a unique bioinformatics analysis tool in order to select for the highest potential epitopes and proteins capable of eliciting a protective immune response.

Phibro’s approach is to create a specific epitope-based vaccine, rather than following the more conventional path of an attenuated live vaccine. If successful, this approach would not only be an effective response to ASF but would result in a vaccine that presents no risk of further spreading the disease.

“ASF’s decimation of China’s swine population represents not just a crisis for the entire swine husbandry industry but, more importantly, a food security crisis for mankind,” says Jack Bendheim, Phibro’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “The identification of this group of peptides and proteins is a key milestone in Phibro’s pursuit of a solution for this devastating disease.  While we still have much work ahead of us, we have made important progress toward reaching that goal and we take pride in potentially being part of the solution to such an urgent problem.”

Jefferson, IA — What do the top 20% of producers do better? Cash Flow, profitability, sustainable nutrient management, water quality and management, working capital and more.

Save the date for Home State Bank’s “Big Questions 2019” event on Tuesday, August 20 from 5-8 PM at Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson. The event will feature speakers from the Iowa Soybean Association and the Center for Farm Financial and Management, University of Minnesota. Some BIG questions they’ll tackle include:

  • What are you doing to bulletproof your balance sheet and cash flow?
  • Water quality, water management, and nutrients management — how do you make them pay in your farming operation?
  • What’s your strategic plan regarding your most valuable asset?

Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

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