Friday Afternoon News, July 20
Local Pork Producer Worried About High Grain Prices
(Le Mars) -- With corn selling at more than $7.00 a bushel and soybeans at more than $16.00 a bushel, and with expectations for even higher prices as the nation's drought worsens, livestock producers, and especially swine and poultry producers are worried about the rising price of grain. Bill Tentinger is a pork producer from Le Mars. He also serves as the president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. He spoke on behalf of the state's pork producers during a drought meeting held Tuesday and hosted by Governor Terry Branstad. Tentinger says there are many pork producers that are quitting the business because grain prices are too costly.
Northey To Visit Northwest Iowa
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that he will be visiting Ida, Cherokee, Sioux and Plymouth Counties on Monday, July 23rd as part of his efforts to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties again in 2012. Northey will visit the Ida County Fair in Ida Grove at 10:30 a.m., then he will tour Little Sioux Corn Processing in Marcus at 12:30 p.m. Northey is scheduled to tour Van Beek Natural Science in Orange City at 2:00 p.m. and then he will visit the Remsen Processing in Remsen at 3:30 p.m. All events are open to the public.