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Daily Digest- 4/16/14

Click here to read some of the top ag news stories for Wednesday, April 16th.

Emerald Ash Borer Education Program

Click here for information on an informational meeting about the Emerald Ash Borer from the ISU Extension.

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Emerald Ash Borer Tips and Info

Read more information on the Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa by clicking here.

New Projections Show More Soybean Acres This Year

Farmers are expected to plant more soybeans this year. Read more here.

Ag Friendly Clean Water Act Proposed

The EPA and Army Corps have proposed a new Clean Water Act. The act is ag friendly according to many. Read more here.

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Looking For New Ways To Fight Weeds

A recent study at the University of Illinois is taking a look at new ways to fight weeds. Read about the study here.

Apply Now For The 2014 Century and Heritage Farm Program

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that applications are being accepted now for the 2014 Century and Heritage Farm Program. Read more here.

The 12th Annual KGLO Tractor Ride Review

Take a look back at the sights from the 12th annual KGLO Tractor Ride by clicking here.
Make sure your horse has the proper vaccines
Dr. Jessica Young with Diamond Y Equine Veterinary Services of Ogden, Iowa says she fields a lot of questions from clients this time of year about what vaccines their horses need to have.  She explains that there are two types, core vaccines and non-core vaccines. AUDIO: Dr. Jessica Young (3:00 MP3)
USDA awards $25 mil to school kitchens
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, these [...]
What we look for on the menu
Seeking to enhance consumer confidence in food, the restaurant industry has been making some changes on their menus. The latest research from Mintel shows consumers are looking for things which represent homemade such as “made from scratch.” Also tying into this trend is the growth of claims such as original recipe, freshly-picked, farmstead and farm [...]
Commerce Department to investigate Mexican sugar imports
The U.S. Commerce Department says it will investigate charges that Mexico is dumping sugar cane and sugar beets below cost on the U.S. market. The American Sugar Alliance filed a complaint with the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission in March charging “The Mexican sugar industry, 20 percent of which is owned and [...]
Dairy market notes
Butter prices slipped 8 cents for the week as Easter and Passover needs were met. The price is still above the world market; the Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw butter sell at $1.74 per pound. There are reports that the supply of organic milk is getting tight as the extended winter weather has kept cows [...]
Kangaroo courts are coming...
My opinion since moving to Washington, DC – where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a law school graduate – is the world has enough lawyers.  However, there are times when lawyers are welcome because they’re very necessary.  Today there’s an animal rights initiative just getting legs and its success or failure will [...]
USDA requires PEDv reporting
The USDA is now requiring the reporting of PEDv cases. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency is taking the action to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the U.S. In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, USDA will also require tracking [...]
Report discusses corn trade disruptions
Losses to the U.S. agricultural industry resulting from China’s rejection of corn shipments containing the MIR 162 trait could be as high as 2.9 billion dollars. That’s according to a report released by the National Grain and Feed Association.  NGFA says the bulk of that loss is in an estimated 11-cent per bushel lower average [...]
Texan to be inducted in to Saddle & Sirloin Gallery
The Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee for 2014 has been named. Minnie Lou Bradley of Childress County Texas will enter the livestock industry’s hall of fame in November during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. Minnie Lou’s career began in 1949 when she became the first woman to major in [...]
Ham is an Easter dinner favorite
Consumer communications director Pamela Johnson with the National Pork Board tells us how ham came to be an Easter favorite.  She also explains the nutritional values of ham and how to store leftovers. Healthy Living Program - Ham for Easter (1:30 mp3) Pork Be Inspired - Ham Recipes

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