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The new head of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce believes being an outsider will help her better do her job.

Rain May Drive Farmland Back to CRP

Jun 7, 2013

Farmers faced not being able to get their corn in on time have several options. They may switch acres from corn to soybeans or they may use “prevented planting “ insurance.

Though some farmers may go with a different option.

The extremely wet spring southeast Iowa is experiencing could hurt local corn production.

Farm Rent Up In SE Iowa

May 14, 2013

The cost to rent farmland in southeast Iowa has increased substantially in the last five years.  The increases have been even higher statewide.

Deadline Looms for USDA Discrimination Claims

Feb 27, 2013

Women and Hispanic farmers who believe that were discriminated against by the USDA have one month left to file a claim with the federal government.

Women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were denied USDA farm service loans have until march 25th to file claims.

Sensor Network to Provide IA Drought Data

Feb 18, 2013
ISU Extension

During last summer’s drought it was difficult for farmers to get accurate data on how dry the soil was. An Iowa State University project that’s been in the works for several years, will change that.

The rainfall from Hurricane Isaac is both good and bad news for southeast Iowa farmers.

Lee County has been called the “Poster Child” for unemployment in Iowa.

Help could be on the way with the possible development of a fertilizer plant, but that would be just the start of what is needed to reverse years of job losses.

A recently-released study highlights the county’s strengths and weaknesses, but taking advantage of that information requires community support and interest.

Phil Chancellor of Keokuk has more free time on his hands now that he has retired after a career in the field of high-tech telecommunications.