USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Oct 22, 2013

This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

Oct 10, 2013
Iowa Harvesting by vanhookc - Flickr

A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

Drought Monitor Sill Active Amid Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013

Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Aug 27, 2013
Purdue University

The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

70% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

Aug 7, 2013

The latest USDA drought monitor map shows that 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry. That includes all of Des Moines, Henry and Lee counties.

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

Jul 1, 2013

The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

Three events scheduled for this week for focusing on housing in the tri-state region.

Ag Census Deadline Nears

May 15, 2013
Rich Egger

The deadline for the USDA’s Ag census is at the end of the month. It's conducted every 5 years and collects information on land prices and ownership as well as agricultural practices.

Heavy Rain Delays Planting for Tri-States

May 7, 2013

Iowa received almost twice its average amount of rainfall in April.  The precipitation replenished soil moisture but delayed this spring’s planting.

A new report from the USDA identifies multiple reasons why honey bees are dying off in the United States.

Drought Hit Western IL Crops Unevenly

Mar 5, 2013

Recently released numbers by the USDA show that the drought affected crop yields last hear differently across Western Illinois.

Corn yields in McDonough and Mason counties were down thirty bushels per acre from last year.  Adams and Pike County were down 60 bushels while Mercer County was actually up twenty.

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.

USDA Cracks Down on Food Stamp Fraud

Feb 26, 2013 (via wikipedia)

The USDA says it’s changing  the rules of its aid program commonly known as “food stamps” to help crack down on fraud.

The agency is expanding its legal definition of “trafficking” to crack down on people exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.

USDA Works with Farmers to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Feb 13, 2013
Credit: Lynne Betts, USDA/NRCS)

A program across Illinois and Iowa is looking at ways for farmers to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, and to be compensated for it.

The program explores ways farmers can change the way they apply nitrogen fertilizer to reduce the amount of nitrous oxide gas that is created.