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Agri-Line - Le Mars Agricultural Connection

Caswell Joins AGP

Matt Caswell Named Vice President at Ag Processing, Inc.

(Omaha) -- Ag Processing, Inc. a cooperative (AGP) announced today that Matt Caswell has joined the cooperative's management team as Vice President of Member/Corporate Relations and Government Affairs.  Caswell, who most recently served as Director of Federal Government Relations for Syngenta in Washington D.C. started with AGP on February 4.

"With over 12 years of leadership experience in the areas of Agribusiness and Governmental Affairs, Matt brings a strong level of expertise consisting of governmental advocacy, regulatory affairs, and membership relations to AGP," said Keith Spackler, CEO and General Manager.

Caswell's career also includes Regulator Affairs Director for BP PLC in Washington D.C. for four years and Public Affairs Director with the Iowa Soybean Association for seven years.

Originally from Perry, Iowa Matt received his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines.  He and his wife, Sarah, and son James, are in the process of relocating from Arlington, Virginia to Omaha, Nebraska.

AGP (www.agp.com), the largest farmer owned soybean processor in the world, is owned by 179 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmers from 15 states throughout the United States.  Corporate headquarters are located in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

 

   

Farmers Can Apply For Energy Grants

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for grants to incorporate energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy measures into their
farms.
Grants of up to $2,000 are offered through the Farm Energy Working Group at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education which is located at the University of Northern Iowa. The money for
the grant comes from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education based at center at Iowa State University.
The grant funding can pay for the farmer's time for installation, administration, and report writing. Grants cannot cover equipment purchases.
Past projects have included a robotic milking machine in Monona, wind and solar projects, and biogas heaters and generators.
The deadline for application is Feb. 28.

   

ISU Extension To Host Crop Advantage Seminar

(Le Mars) -- Area farmers wanting to get a glimpse of what the next crop year will feature will want to attend the Crop Advantage Seminar scheduled for Tuesday.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the day-long seminar that will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center.  Joel DeJong, Extension Crops Specialist says farmers will learn about the two topics of general agricultural interests...markets and weather.
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DeJong says northwest Iowa is still very short on moisture levels.
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Many farmers are concerned about the lack of moisture and some are adjusting their crop production and selection of hybrids and varieties in anticipation of another dry year.
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DeJong says the afternoon sessions will focus on corn rootworm management, nutrient reduction strategy, and cover crops.  He says the registration fee is $45 and that covers materials plus lunch.

   

Pork Producers Concerned About Country of Origin Labeling

(Des Moines) -- The state's pork producers while attending  the annual Iowa Pork Congress... were discussing possible scenarios that could hurt pork exports.  Bill Tentinger of Le Mars has just completed his term as president of the pork organization.  He says producers are talking about the country of origin labeling requirement, and how it may have the potential to disrupt pork exports.  The pork official says the new rule violates the terms of the World Trade Organization, and he says the U-S currently exports up to 28 percent of its pork product.
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It is estimated the pork industry contributes nearly $5 billion annually to Iowa's economy.

   

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