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Study Measures Significance of Agriculture to Iowa Economy

Iowa agriculture puts healthy, affordable food choices on the table of today’s consumers and it boosts county and state economies, according to a recently-completed economic analysis sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).  As harvest takes place it is appropriate to note agriculture’s impact not only on the landscape, but on the state’s economy.

Iowa State’s Courtney Long Receives 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award

August 17, 2016, 9:50 am | Courtney Long

Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.

Iowa Farm Financial Conditions Shown in New Report

September 26, 2016, 2:30 pm | Alejandro Plastina

A new report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines the financial performance of Iowa farm businesses in 2015. Economist Alejandro Plastina used farm level data for the analysis of farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structure, financial performance and efficiency and farm program payments.


Scout for Corn Molds and Ear Rots This Harvest Season

October 20, 2016, 12:16 pm | Chris Clark

The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases.


Petrzelka Elected President for CARET North Central Region

October 26, 2016, 9:06 am | Cathann A. Kress, Robert Dodds

Iowan Bob Petrzelka recently was elected north central region president of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. He has been a delegate to this national grassroots organization since 2013, representing Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.