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    State Officials Defend Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 31, 2013

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and other state officials defended the new Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy when they spoke at a soil and water conservation field day recently in Madison County. The conservation tour was held on the farm of Frederick and Helen Martens near Winterset. The statewide strategy takes a voluntary, farmer-led approach to reducing the amount of nitrate and phosphorus leaving Iowa farm fields. The strategy recommends best management practices and its goal is to…

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    Ethanol And Corn In Victory Lane At Iowa Speedway

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 22, 2013

    In more ways than one, ethanol was the winner in The American Ethanol 200, a truck race at the Iowa Speedway at Newton on July 13. Prior to the NASCAR race, Syngenta officials held a press conference at the track to make an important announcement involving the seed company's new Enogen corn. They announced that the firm will contribute $1 to the renewable fuels industry for every acre planted with the new Enogen trait technology, beginning with this year's growing season. "We…

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    Pedaling Across Iowa, Learning About Agriculture

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 12, 2013

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced last week that podcasts showcasing Iowa agriculture along the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa route are available for download. RAGBRAI is the annual bicycle ride across the state in which thousands of bicycle riders participate. Many of them are from out of state or they are from Iowa but don't know much if anything about farming and agriculture. This is a good idea the Iowa Department of Agriculture has come up…

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    Farm Bill And Fireworks On 4th of July

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 4, 2013

    On July 3 Iowa Corn Growers Association representatives gathered in front of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines for the Iowa Governor's annual sweet corn feed. It's a Fourth of July celebration and an event to mark the beginning of Iowa's sweet corn harvest—which is running a little late this year due to a cooler and wetter than normal spring and delayed planting. The sweet corn served July 3 was rumored to be imported from Missouri. Anyone who shows up at this event…

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