DES MOINES —The Iowa Finance Authority\'s Agricultural Development Division has a variety of tools to assist beginning farmers trying to obtain enough capital to start farming, said Steve Ferguson, ag program specialist. IADD, established in 1980, was the first program of its kind in the country, Ferguson said. There are 19 states that have patterned beginning farmer programs after Iowa which has the largest program in the country. Operating expenses for the IADD are derived from modest application and service fees paid by program participants as well as interest from a trust fund. It receives no state dollars.
NORTHWOOD, Iowa — While Wisconsin has banned spring county fair pig weigh–ins due to concerns about spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDV, Iowa is moving ahead with its county fair weigh–ins, state officials said. On Feb. 11, Paul McGraw, state veterinarian at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, issued a ban on spring weigh–in of pigs in preparation for Wisconsin county fairs.
For National FFA Week, which was Feb. 15 to 22, Agri News talked to state FFA officers from northern Iowa. This week we are featuring Dylan Brockshus, Northwest State Vice President. Q: Tell us about yourself. A: I\'m currently a freshman at Iowa State University studying animal science. I was raised and have lived on a family–owned dairy operation that is three miles north of a small town called Ocheyedan. I went to high school at Sibley–Ocheyedan High School where I was an extremely active student. For sports I did football and wrestling and had success in both of those. I was also in our high school concert band, marching band, chamber choir, concert choir, mens glee and show choir. I also served on our Student Leadership team for 3 years and was extremely busy with all of the FFA functions at Sibley–Ocheyedan.
AMES, Iowa — Western corn rootworm resistance to Bt corn is increasing, and if farmers hope to maintain Bt traits as tools, they need to diversify their management, said Aaron Gassmann, Iowa State University assistant professor of entomology, at the recent On–Farm Network Conference in Ames. \"In addition to insect resistance management through non–Bt refuges, sound integrated pest management is essential,\" Gassmann said. \"Any pest management strategy that imposes mortality on a pest population will select for resistance. Farmers need to look at a rotation of tactics rather than layering of traits and insecticides.\"