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Agri-Line - Le Mars Agricultural Connection

Judge Blocks Farm Groups Lawsuit Against EPA

Judge Blocks Farm Groups Lawsuit Against EPA

 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by two major farm groups that sought to block the release of data on large livestock farms in Minnesota and Iowa.
     The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council filed the lawsuit in in Minneapolis in 2013 after some activist groups requested the Environmental Protection Agency data under the Freedom of Information Act. The data includes physical addresses and other operational details about the farms. The farm groups said releasing the data would violate farmers' privacy.
     But U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday. She ruled that Farm Bureau and the Pork Producers lacked legal standing. And she pointed out that the data the two groups sought to keep private is easily available from other public sources anyway.

   

USDA Reports Record Corn & Soybean Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's final tally of the 2014 crop year is showing farmers brought in record corn and soybean crops.
     The agency says in reports released Monday that farmers harvested a record 14.2 billion bushels of corn. That is 3 percent more than the 2013 crop, which had set the previous record. The average bushel-per-acre yield is 171, significantly better than the 158 bushels per acre in 2013.
     The record crop came even though farmers harvested about 5 percent fewer acres than in 2013. Record yields are estimated in 21 states, including Illinois and Nebraska.
     Soybean production also is a record at 3.97 billion bushels, up 18 percent from 2013. Farmers harvested a record 83.1 million acres in 2014.
 

   

Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled For Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Beginning November 17th, and continuing through the month of December, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with the U-S-D-A Farm Services Agency will host a series of meetings discussing the provisions of the new Farm Bill.  There will be a meeting for each county.  Melissa O'Rourke, is the farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension.  She says this farm bill is a departure from previous farm program legislation.

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The Farm Management Specialist says farmers will have to know the new programs, since the decision they make will be for the next five years. She says farmers and landowners need to decide whether they want to protect themselves from yield losses, or price loss.

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On the other hand, as O'Rourke explains, if farmers are more concerned about the revenue losses, they may want to sign up for PLC or Price Loss Coverage program.

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The Le Mars meeting is scheduled for December 3rd at the Le Mars Convention Center starting at 9:00 a.m.  For specific dates, locations, and times, contact your local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office.

 

Cherokee

Nov. 17 9:00 a.m.
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Primghar

Nov. 17 1:30 p.m.

Primghar Community Center

 

Emmetsburg

Nov. 20 9:30 a.m.

Iowa Lakes Community College

 

Spencer

Nov. 21 9:00 a.m.

Spencer Community Theater

 

Spirit Lake

Nov. 24 9:00 a.m.

Dickinson County Extension Office

 

Estherville

Nov. 24 2:30 p.m.

Iowa Lakes Community College

 

Sheldon

Dec. 2 9:00 a.m.

Northwest Iowa Community College

 

Rock Rapids

Dec. 2  1:30 p.m.

Forster Community Center

 

Le Mars

Dec. 3  9:00 a.m.

Le Mars Convention Center

 

Sioux City

Dec. 3  1:30 p.m.

Western Iowa Technical Community College - Cargill Auditorium

 

Storm Lake

Dec. 4  1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Buena Vista County Extension

 

Pocahontas

Dec. 8   9:00 a.m.

Expo Center

 

Sibley

Dec. 16  1:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 

   

Harvest Nears Completion

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County farmers are making great progress towards finishing this year's harvest.  Jerry Wendt who farms west of Le Mars was just one of many farmers harvesting corn this weekend.  Wendt says the harvest has produced some decent yield returns.

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Earlier this year, many farmers had reported wetter than normal corn as a result of the late maturing crop.  However, Wendt reports most of his corn moisture level is low enough that he can store his grain without any artificial drying methods.

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Wendt says he probably farms a bit different than most Plymouth County farmers in the fact that he harvests his wet corn first.  He also says he has noticed more stalk diseases this year.

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Although yields appear to be doing well this year, farmers like Wendt, are facing commodity prices at nearly half the value from last year.  Wendt admits it may be difficult to budget for next year's expenses.

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Many farmers have indicated they believe they will finish with harvest within the next few days.  Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist, Joel DeJong, estimates the soybean harvest to be more than 90 percent finished, and the county corn harvest is at 75 percent completed.

   

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