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    Congratulations on a job well done

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 30, 2015

    To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2014-15 were recognized at the recent March 2015 IAEA meeting. "We had winners in 10 of the 14 categories," says Gary…

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    What's Ahead For Iowa Farm Income In 2015?

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 1, 2015

    Cattle and hog producers saw record prices in 2014, while corn and soybean growers saw record yields. Corn and soybean prices, however, took a tumble. The net result was a decline in crop income for Iowa farmers somewhere around $2.6 billion, based on year-end pricing. That's how 2014 compared with 2013. What's ahead for 2015? Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart and his colleague, ISU livestock economist Lee Schulz, are discussing the prospects at farmer meetings this…

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    Donated Grain Rescue Tubes Will Save Lives

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 28, 2014

    Getting stuck in a bin of flowing grain is usually a death sentence, and fall harvest is a time when farmers and their helpers are getting in and out of bins as they work to get the crop dried and stored. Be careful. Local fire departments and first responder units are called to farms and grain elevators to rescue people who are entrapped. But the rescuers need to have the necessary equipment to get the person that's trapped in the grain out safe and sound. Several rural fire departments…

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    Farming Is Good Fit For Military Veterans Returning To Iowa

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 18, 2014

    If you are a military veteran interested in farming or a career in agriculture, plan to attend the Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans July 25-26 at Drake University in Des Moines. Drake University Law School is partnering with the Iowa Farmer Veteran Coalition to host the two-day event. Sponsored by USDA and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, it's free and open to the public but you need to register. You do that at…

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    Congratulations On A Job Well Done

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 23, 2014

    To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2013 were recognized at the recent March 2014 IAEA meeting. They are: Darbee Wellman, is the ag and natural resources field…

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    2012 Farm Bill? Don't Bet On It

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 12, 2012

    More and more observers are placing odds there won't be much, if any, work done on the new five-year farm bill in Congress this year. The heavy lifting will likely take place when Congress comes back into session in January. Even then, the farm bill might not get the attention of Congress right away. Farm bills usually last for five years and the 2008 Farm Bill officially expired on September 30, 2012. Congress left Washington September 21 to go home to campaign without getting the new farm…

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    Helping Family Farmers in Crisis

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 18, 2012

    When someone walks up to you out of a crowd, a person you don't know and you are in a different state far from home, and the person tells you "Thanks for a job well done"—it makes your day. That's how Jim Whitman felt, after he received sincere thanks from a stranger at the 2012 Farm Progress Show. At the show, held recently at Boone in central Iowa, my Wallaces Farmer colleague Tyler Harris and I had just finished interviewing Whitman, when the "thank you from a stranger" occurred…

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