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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Oats are known for their hardiness but they're also a cheap source of animal feed and bedding. (Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sowing one's oats has long been an expression used to describe youthful indiscretions, but increasingly Iowa farmers are discovering that the literal application of the practice yields economic and environmental benefits. Southwest Iowa farmer Eric Madsen says the state wa

A fungus destroyed a $300,000 pumpkin crop, but traditional insurance only reimbursed $30,000. These types of situations have Iowa farmers looking at other insurance options. (127071/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An alternative to traditional farm insurance is catching the attention of the agricultural community in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. In farming - like investing - diversification is encouraged. But farmers who produce additional crops, like watermelons and sweet corn, have

Iowa researchers studied cover crops ranging from turnips to radishes to pennycress, as seen here. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers, especially in today's economic climate, need to ensure they're getting the most bang for their buck. A just-completed research initiative in the state should help. The group Practical Farmers of Iowa has spent the past five years testing a dozen cover crops to deter

Grain prices are low and production costs are high, but Iowa farmers are still focused on land stewardship. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- These are challenging times for Iowa farmers, battling a global grain glut and high production costs, but that isn't stopping them from embracing a long-term conservation initiative. A record number of farmers have signed up for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, by planting co

A global glut of grain is one of the key contributors to the economic downturn in farming. (Michal Jarmoluk/Pixabayy)

AMES, Iowa – The cost of farming is extremely high these days, the price of the products produced remarkably low and, as even a novice to agriculture can deduce, that means tough times. But 65-year-old farmer Don Holcomb says there are ways to lessen the pain and prepare for the future. On h

Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm have been victims of pesticide drift. (PFI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Pesticide drift is not only unwanted and destructive, it is also illegal - and Iowa farmers are encouraged to learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Rob Faux owns Genuine Faux Farm, a certified organic vegetable and poultry operation. He happened to be outsi

Matt Schuiteman of AJS Farms says he is creating two different revenue streams off the same acre by grazing cover crops. (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The use of cover crops has grown in popularity in Iowa, and some farmers are taking the method a step further. Matt Schuiteman of Ajs Farms near Sioux Center started working with cover crops about 12 years ago to capture nutrients and protect soil health. As the farm explored h

The Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program can help prospective farmers access land in Iowa. (Mark Hesseltine/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Accessing land is one of the greatest obstacles many prospective farmers and ranchers in Iowa face, and new research suggests some are missing out on a program that could help. The Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) allows two years of e

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