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Agriculture

  • Farm Bureau holds safety poster contest

    Montgomery County Farm Bureau hosted a safety poster contest for Stanton third-grade students in Terri Vennerberg’s classroom.

    Using their artistic abilities, the children were asked to create a poster that taught a safety lesson on the farm or at home.  It was held in honor of National Farm Safety Week.  The class studied safety lessons during this time.

  • Wanted: Quality Beef Producers

    AMES – Quality beef begins with quality care. The Iowa Beef Industry Council wants to recognize beef producers who diligently care for and properly handle cattle in order to provide consumers with safe and wholesome beef. Applications for the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award are now being accepted.

  • Montgomery County to celebrate 4-H week in Iowa

    Gov. Chet Culver has officially proclaimed Oct. 3-9, 2010, as 4-H Week in Iowa. The proclamation ties in with National 4-H Week activities in the state and throughout the country.
    The theme for National 4-H Week is “Taking the Lead.”
    “Governor Culver’s proclamation  is a great honor for Iowa 4-H,” said Chuck Morris, director of the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.
    4-H helps young people become competent, confident, connected, contributing, caring, citizens with character, Morris said.

  • Important update for farmers who supplied grain to VeraSun

    AMES, Iowa — On Sept. 30, attorneys for the New-York based law firms, Kelley Drye & Warren and Silverman Acampora, notified several corn producers and their attorneys in Iowa and across the Midwest that they are withdrawing de-mands for preference claims against a number of producers in the VeraSun Bankruptcy proceeding.

  • What just crawled in the door?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written by Rich Pope, Harrison County Extension Coordinator
    Last week has been filled with great days with outstanding and enjoyable weather.  Crops in the field are drying down and harvest is underway.  But whether you live in the country or dwell in town one thing is common—there are “friends” who are trying to join us inside!

  • Red Oak hosting PQA Plus training session

    RED OAK—  Mont-gomery County Exten-sion is providing training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQAPlus®) program. 

    A training session of the program has been set for Nov. 3rd in Montgomery County.

    The session will take place at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, in Red Oak.

    The PQAPlus® session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for the session.

  • Warnings issued after rage of manure pit fires, explosions

    AMES — Several manure pit fires and explosions were documented in Iowa last year.

    Not all of these incidents happened during agitation and pumping; nor did all of the pits have foam present when the fires or explosions happened.

    Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say these episodes highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings.

  • Three Iowa legislators honored by farmers

    AMES — The Iowa Farmers Union, at their 2010 State Convention, recognized three Iowa legislators with the “Friend of the Family Farmer” legislative awards Sept. 23.

    These awards are given to individuals who towards helping family farms maintain their place in Iowa Agriculture and efforts to improve the quality of life in rural communities.

    This year’s recipients were:

  • Forage testing open to cattle producers

    AMES — This year’s weather has been one for the record books, and that’s not good news for the state’s cattle producers.

    Dan Loy, interim director of the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University (ISU) said continued rain has made hay baling extremely difficult, resulting in over-mature hays, rain damaged hays and lack of hay supplies in some areas.

  • Red Oak hosting flood seminar Tuesday night

    RED OAK — Iowa’s historic floods of 2008 will be the focus of a seminar Tuesday night at the Montgomery County History Center in Red Oak.

    One of four taking place in the state, the seminar is designed to help people better understand the 2008 floods and how Iowans can better plan and prepare for future flooding.

    The seminar takes from 4-6 p.m., and free copies of the book “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008,” will be distributed after the event.