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  • U.S Infrastructure Gets D+ Grade

      Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released an infrastructure Report Card for 2017 giving it a “D+” rating. The highest rating are railroads at a “B”. The release is an assessment of the condition of U.S. infrastructure and is issued every four years. A state-by-state analysis released in 2015 gave Iowa a “C-” grade. Agriculture exports a lot of its products and relies heavily on roads and rivers to support that according to Mike Steenhoek with the […]

  • Iowa Schools Spend Millions on Local Foods

    More schools across the United States are buying food locally. A new survey out from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service says schools paid $789 million for local foods in the school year 2013-2014, more than a 100% increase from the first survey in 2011-2012. In Iowa, out of 75% of school districts surveyed, 29% say they participate in farm to school activities. That’s 438 schools in 98 districts with a 174,000 students. A total of $3.8 million invested into […]

  • Colfax Sheep and Goat Auction, July 18

    A lighter run of sheep at the weekly auction in Colfax on Saturday, 519 head of lambs fetched the day’s high average price of $2.20 per pound. Fed lambs averaged a $1.58 per pound. Prices on the 119 goats ranged form $97.50 cents to $220 per head.  

  • Courts Uphold Chesapeake EPA Ruling

    On July 6, an appeals court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollutant limits in the Chesapeake Bay, acknowledging the regulations would likely hurt farmers. The American Farm Bureau argued the EPA exceeded authority by having deadlines and pollutant allocations in its regulation plan Farm Bureau has 90 days to seek an appeal before the Supreme Court.  

  • Bird Flu Still Not Affecting Livestock

    On April 27, state officials announced five new likely cases of avian influenza in northwest Iowa, possibly bringing the total number of infections to eight. To control the spread of the disease, about 60,000 turkeys and about 16% of Iowa’s egg laying hen population will be eradicated. The economic impacts are yet to be seen. Iowa’s layer flock leads the nation in egg production, but fewer hens mean fewer eggs, and that could pressure egg prices higher. But as export markets […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: High Beef Prices, High Beef Demand

    Retail beef prices reached a new record high last month but still has high consumer demand. Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel says consumers were warned of an extended price hike and that’s why there’s still demand. He says if the consumers believed the high prices would be short lived, they would have substituted beef for another product like pork. But pork is also going up in price with the threat of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus killing millions […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Senators Give House a Farm Bill Suggestion, Peterson Disapprove

    Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and other Senators are suggesting the House bring up the Senate bill – after the House Ag Committee’s bill was defeated Thursday on the House floor. Stabenow says the House needs to find a way to get a five-year farm bill done – and the Speaker needs to work in a bipartisan way to present a bill that Democrats and Republicans can support. She says a start would be to do what she’s suggesting […]

  • Morning Agribusiness (7/20/12)

    Brandon Blue has your morning AgriBusiness report.

  • Morning AgriBusiness (7/19/2012)

    Brandon Blue has your morning AgriBusiness report.

  • Morning Agribusiness (7/9/12)

    Brandon Blue has your morning AgriBusiness report.

  • Morning AgriBusiness (7/6/2012)

    Ken Root has your morning Agribusiness report

  • Morning AgriBusiness (7/5/2012)

    Ken Root has your morning AgriBusiness report.