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Small Farm & Beginning Farmer Webinars Offer Guidance & Insight to Entrepreneurs

Learn about small-farm topics related to crops, livestock and business managementAre you ready to cultivate your dreams and turn that small plot of land into a thriving and sustainable farm?Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the Small Farm & Beginning Farmer series, designed exclusively for beginning farmers and small acreage owners.
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Iowa Pork Producers Provide Generous Support to Local Food Pantries

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) maintains its commitment to fighting food insecurity by supporting local food pantries across the state with the Pork in the Pantry program. Recognizing the critical role that food pantries play in addressing hunger within communities, IPPA will reimburse county pork producer organizations up to $1,000 for pork products donated to food pantries in their counties.

Record $3.4 Million in Quarterly Biofuels Grants Will Expand E15 Availability

Iowa's Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board approves 74 grants to fuel retailers in 38 countiesThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) Board approved 74 project applications totaling more than $3.4 million in cost-share funding for Iowa fuel retailers during its quarterly board meeting last week. 73 ethanol cost-share projects were awarded, an all-time record for one quarter, which will lead to the installation of new ethanol infrastructure to increase Iowans’ access to lower cost, cleaner burning E15.

Naig Announces Availability of Online & In-Person Pesticide Application Testing

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship offers testing to help ensure the safe, accurate, and effective application of crop protection products Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will once again offer in-person and online pesticide applicator testing options for commercial and private applicators this spring.
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Application Deadline Extended for Choose Iowa Dairy Innovation Grants

Two-week extension will allow more Iowa dairies to complete application for cost-share grants that are aimed at increasing on-farm dairy processing and incorporating labor saving technology The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced today that the deadline to apply for Choose Iowa Dairy Innovation Grant Program has been extended by two weeks, from February 9 at 12:00 p.

Local Vinton McDonald’s Celebrating Valentine’s with Free Rose with Breakfast

What better way to start Valentine’s Day than with a free rose with breakfast?   The first 50 customers at participating McDonald's locations in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo-area to drive-thru and order breakfast on Valentine’s Day will receive a free rose with their order!*  

Join the 700 Iowa Businesses Fighting Trafficking

Will you join Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking (IBAT)? IBAT is an educational and recognition program for businesses to learn the signs and raise awareness of human trafficking. The program celebrated its second anniversary in January, during Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Since launching this program, IBAT has gained over 700 members from across the state and has connected with over 350,000 employees.
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Secretary Naig Welcomes Applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is now accepting applications for the 2024 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through March 1, 2024. The grant program, which is designed to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa by increasing demand, yields or awareness, is administered by the Department with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Crop Production Estimates Available for 2024 Growing Season

Farmers can estimate the cost of producing various crops in 2024 by using data published in the January edition of Ag Decision Maker.The article “Estimated Costs of Crop Production” includes average production costs for corn, corn silage, soybeans, alfalfa and pasture maintenance. Decision tools are also available that allow farmers to enter their own numbers, so they can estimate production costs on their own farm.
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