• Iowa feedlot fined $10K for polluting creek

    MONONA COUNTY — Petersen-Bubke, LLP, a beef cattle feedlot in Monona County, has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the United States for violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to discharges of pollutants into Rush Creek and its tributaries.

    According to an administrative civil consent agreement and final order filed by EPA in Kansas City, Kan., EPA personnel conducted a compliance evaluation and inspection of the facility in March 2011 and observed evidence of discharges of process wastewater and pollutants from the facility into the creek.

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  • More than just a hobby

    Farming as a way of life has been handed down for generations in the Olson family.
    They trace it back to EJ (Erick John) Olson who immigrated from Småland, Sweden in 1892, and beyond.

    They tell how EJ’s father, who farmed in Småland, drowned while hauling wood with horse and wagon over a frozen lake. That tragedy, along with the poor, stony land and years of drought, may well have been what drove E.J. to leave Sweden and seek his future in America.

  • Ask the Experts: Caring for daffodils

    Home gardeners welcome daffodils as a sign of spring. However, they often have questions about when to plant and how to manage foliage after spring blooming. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about daffodil care. To have additional questions answered, contact the Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    My daffodils produce foliage in spring, but no longer bloom. Why?

  • Deadline to sign up for CRP is April 6

    DES MOINES — State Executive Director of USDA’s Iowa Farm Service Agency, John R. Whitaker, reminds farmers that the deadline for enrolling land into the Farm Service Agency’s general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up is April 6.  

    Interested producers are encouraged to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to begin the sign up process.  

    Producers are also reminded that offers need to be completed in their entirety by the end of sign up April 6, in order to be considered eligible.

  • Final pesticide training class to be April 12

    Farmers and other individuals in the area who need to get recertified for private pesticide application by attending a CIC training session will have the opportunity to do so Thursday, April 12, at the Montgomery County Extension Office from 10 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m.

    Please arrive early to get registered.  There will be a $20 fee.  

    This is the last possible date you can attend a training to be recertified.

  • Sign-up underway for bucket/ bottle calf show

    Anyone interested in showing a bucket/bottle calf at the Montgomery County Fair this summer needs to sign up.  

    There will be two classes for bucket calves: an open class and a 4-H class.

    The open class is for pre 4-H’ers in kindergarten through 3rd grade.  The 4-H class is for 4-H’ers in grades 4-6.

    Any newborn or orphan calf, steer or heifer, dairy or beef, that is calved between March 1 and May 15, may be shown.  

  • Red Oak Chamber and Association honors local farmers

    The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Fair Board, hosted the second annual Agriculture Business Appreciation Breakfast during National Agriculture Week on March 8.

    The free breakfast, held at the Montgomery County Fairground, drew  95 area farmers and agricultural industry participants who enjoyed a buffet breakfast cooked by the Red Oak Ambassadors.

  • Soybean checkoff study: Energy policy to cost farmers $1.1 billion

    ST. LOUIS – A soy checkoff study shows a European Union renewable-energy policy would ultimately cost U.S. soybean farmers money by lowering U.S. soybean prices.

    The study, funded by the United Soybean Board (USB), shows the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, which currently excludes biodiesel made from U.S. soybean oil in renewable energy quotas, could decrease U.S. soybean prices by as much as 35 cents per bushel.

    If left unresolved, the regulation would cost U.S. soybean farmers more than $1.1 billion per year.

  • Stanton church hosting Blessing of the Seeds Service

    Farmers and gardeners of Montgomery Country are invited to a community celebration of the spring planting that will take place in Stanton April 7, at 10 a.m., at the Evangelical Covenant Church.

    Farmers and gardeners are encouraged to bring seed corn and soybeans, vegetable, flower and fruit seeds to this Blessing of the Seeds service.  

    Led by Rev. Jerry Kosanovich, participants will ask God’s blessings for a safe, successful and bountiful planting.