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Agriculture

  • Naig: Century and Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged to Apply

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged eligible farm owners to apply for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

  • Practical Farmers of Iowa online platform connects farmland owners with land seekers

    Practical Farmers of Iowa’s online platform connects farmland owners with land seekers

     

  • The art and science of bee keeping March 12 in Malvern

    “The Art and Science of Bee Keeping”with Mark and Debra Swirmicky

     

  • Prairie Chicken Day is April 6

    Kellerton, Iowa - The first rhythmic and haunting cooing begins as the night sky fades and sunrise begins. The short grass prairie booming grounds prepares for a display found nowhere else in Iowa.

    This is prairie chicken country and April 6 will mark the 16th Annual Prairie Chicken Day at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area, in Ringgold County. Activities begin around 6 a.m., originating from the elevated viewing platform on 300th Avenue, southwest of Kellerton.

  • June rainfall an inch below normal

    After higher amounts of rainfall in May, June rainfall in Iowa was 3.86 inches, or more than an inch below normal for the month, according to the latest Water Summary Update. June is typically the wettest month of the year in Iowa.

     "While June was drier than normal across the state, the last 12 months are still the second wettest on record," said Tim Hall, DNR’s coordinator of hydrology resources.

  • Top 11 things to experience at the Iowa State Fair

    Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites in 2019. From the food, to the games, to the competitions, your Fair Favorites are what make your experiences at the Iowa State Fair memorable. With over 1 million attendees and 11 fun-filled, action packed, can't miss days, there are billions of Fair Favorites waiting for you at the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, 2019.

    Check out the top 11 new things you can't miss this year:

  • Iowa Crops and weather report for July 1

    Iowa experienced scattered storms across the State that delivered high winds and hail limiting opportunities for fieldwork during the week ending June 30, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included planting, harvesting hay and spraying.

  • Late winter snow, spring rain dampen pheasant, quail nesting outlook

    Late winter snow, spring rain dampen pheasant, quail nesting outlook
    Iowa’s string of mild winters came to a screeching halt midway through 2019 when the calendar turned to February and the weather pattern went haywire.

  • ISU Extension day camps for elementary students in June

    Montgomery County Conservation and ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County have teamed up to host three different day camps for youth in Montgomery County this summer.
    Each day camp will be offered twice, except for Reduce, Renew, Recycle, and Reuse. It will only be offered once. Registration fee is $20 per camp. Registration includes snacks, supplies and insurance. Youth are responsible for bringing a lunch. Details about each camp are as follows:

  • Mills, Montgomery County Farm Bureau Centennial Member Appreciation Day

    A Mills/Montgomery County Farm Bureau Centennial Member Appreciation Day will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at East Mills Elementary School (formerly Nishna Valley School).

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The meal is free to members of Montgomery County Farm Bureau.

    IFBF President, Craig Hill, will present county centennial award plaques and entertainment will be provided by the Peterson Brothers of Kansas, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Peterson Brothers are $10.

    RSVPs needed by May 23. Call Toni at 712-623-5546