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FARMERS, ANIMAL WELL-BEING EXPERTS, VETERINARIANS & INDUSTRY LEADERS LAUNCH IOWA FARM ANIMAL CARE (IFAC) COALITION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:00

Statewide Resource for Consumers, Farmers

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – January 10, 2013 – A first-of-its kind effort to provide a centralized resource where Iowans can receive information about appropriate farm animal care was announced today in Des Moines by a unique coalition of farmers, animal well-being experts, veterinarians and industry leaders. The Iowa Farm Animal Care (IFAC) Coalition is designed to answer Iowans’ questions about farm animal care and assist farmers in farm animal care resources to help ensure all Iowa farm animals benefit from the latest science-based animal care standards.

IFAC was launched by farmers for farmers and consumers and is modeled after the 20- year-old Alberta Farm Animal Care program.  “Farmers understand that consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how it was raised. IFAC is available to help increase public understanding,” said IFAC Executive Director Denny Harding. “Until now, there has not been a centralized place where Iowans could go for farm animal care information. Now, they can visit www.iowafarmanimalcare.org and learn more about how responsible Iowa livestock farmers care for their animals or call our help line at 1-800-252-0577 to report a concern if they see something they don’t understand.”

In addition to providing information on farm animal care to consumers and referrals to farmers, IFAC also provides access to animal care experts who specialize in many aspects of animal care, including animal science experts and veterinarians from Iowa State University’s colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Iowa state veterinarian office at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  This independent team of experts makes up the On-Farm Evaluation Team and specializes in performing voluntary on-site evaluations to ensure appropriate farm animal care is being given.

“I think the overwhelming majority of farmers today are doing a great job handling farm animals and have their best interests in mind when it comes to their health and environment,” said Dr. Suzanne Millman, associate professor of animal welfare at Iowa State University. “Different species have different behaviors thus requiring different care. IFAC can help provide farmers with the latest in animal care research, while ensuring that appropriate care is being given and answering consumer questions.”

IFAC has a four-person Advisory Committee including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey; Animal Rescue League of Iowa Executive Director Tom Colvin; State of Iowa Veterinarian, Dr. David Schmitt; and Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association President, Jerry Dunbar.

Colvin applauded the effort. “This is a positive step forward, to reach out to consumers and farmers alike, to provide information about farm animal care or just be there with support if a concern should arise. We’re proud to be a part of a proactive solution that helps the animals and the farmers.”

IFAC is a collaborative effort that includes farmers from the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.     For more information about IFAC or farm animal care in Iowa, visit www.iowafarmanimalcare.org or call 1-800-252-0577.

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Farmers Grew Less Corn In 2012 Than Expected PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Farm Futures News   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:41

The latest Farm Futures survey results show growers plan to increase corn ground in 2013, cut soybeans.

ST. LOUIS, MO., 7:30 A.M., CST, (01/03/2013) — After three disappointing corn crops in a row, good yields in 2013 will be essential to rebuilding inventories, according to the latest Farm Futures magazine survey.

The extent of that effort takes shape in coming weeks, beginning with USDA's January 11 estimates of 2012 production. The Farm Futures survey showed growers raised 10.62 billion bushels of corn on harvested acreage of 87.5 million and nationwide yields of 121.3 bpa. USDA's November estimate put the crop at 10.725 billion bushels.

Results of the survey were released today at the opening day of the annual Farm Futures Business Summit in St. Louis, attended by more than 400 producers.

"Based on our survey of more than 1,550 growers and the government's own certified acreage data from the Farm Service Agency, it appears production should be lower than previous estimates, said Senior Editor Bryce Knorr, who conducted the research. "This makes good yields and large acreage crucial in 2013 to provide the corn needed by end users in the U.S. and around the world."

Attractive profit margins should convince growers to increase plantings this spring. Producers told Farm Futures they intend to boost corn seedings to 97.75 million in 2013, a little less than 1% more than in 2012.

"While the planting intentions we found were not as big as some predict, it was a substantial increase from our first survey in August, which projected 93 million acres," said Farm Futures Market Analyst Paul Burgener. "The reality of another year with outstanding returns for corn convinced many growers to try more corn on corn, despite their long-term desire to return to more balanced rotations with soybeans."

As a result, the latest survey finds farmers plan to put in 76.84 million acres of soybeans. That would be a little less than the 77.2 million USDA last estimated for 2012, though more than the 76.1 million farmers responding to the survey said they put in last spring. Farm Futures estimate of 2012 production is 2.969 billion, only a few thousand bushels lower than USDA's November projection.

"In August, our survey showed farmers ready to splurge on soybeans, increasing 2013 plantings to 78 million acres," said Knorr. "But soybeans were trading well over $16 a bushel at the time. With new crop prices substantially lower, farmers are again focusing on total returns, giving corn the edge."

USDA issues its first survey-based forecast of 2013 spring crop planting intentions at the end of March, with a preliminary estimate put out in February at its annual outlook forum. The agency will release a survey-based estimate of winter wheat seedings January 11. Farm Futures found growers planted 42.1 million acres of winter wheat in the fall, up 1.8%, with total wheat seedings for 2013 put at 57.16 million, up 2.5%.

Burgener noted the latest winter wheat estimate was down 1 million from the magazine's August survey. "While soft red winter wheat plans were unchanged, dry conditions on the Plains caused hard red winter wheat growers to cut seedings by 800,000 acres from initial intentions," Burgener said. "Those fields could wind up in corn, milo, cotton, millet, sunflowers, or soybeans depending on winter and spring moisture, another wild card the market must consider."

Farm Futures surveyed more than 1,550 growers about their plans from November 23 to December 12.

Survey results by crop:

2012 Crop Production


Corn

Soybeans

Planted

96,641

76,124

Harvested

87,503

75,060

Yield

121.33

39.55

Production

10,616,86

2,969



2013 Crop Planting Intentions
Crop

Acres

Change*

Corn

97.75 million

100.8%
Soybeans

76.84 million

99.5%
All Wheat

57.16 million

102.5%
Spring Wheat

12.9 million

104.8%
Durum

2.2 million

104.8%
Soft Red Winter Wheat

9.6 million

117.7%
Hard Red Winter Wheat

29.0 million

97.0%
White Winter Wheat

3.5 million

105.6%
All Winter Wheat

42.1 million

101.8%

*Corn and soybean change is vs USDA November 2012

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 08:34

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement on the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill:

"I am pleased that Congress passed needed middle class tax relief and continued unemployment insurance protection for 2 million unemployed Americans. However, while I am relieved that the agreement reached prevents a spike in the price of dairy and other commodities, I am disappointed Congress has been unable to pass a multi-year reauthorization of the Food, Farm and Jobs bill to give rural America the long-term certainty they need and deserve. I will continue to work with Congress to encourage passage of a reauthorized bill that includes a strong and defensible safety net for producers, expanded rural economic opportunity in the new bio-based economy, significant support for conserving our natural resources, increased commitment to important research, and support for safe and nutritious food for all Americans. I look forward to continuing the effort to get this critical work done.”

 
Iowa State Univ. Extension and Outreach Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:12
December 27, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 22, 2013:  ISU Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

Jan. 29, 2013:  Private Pesticide Applicators Recertification, Scott County Extension Office, 9:30 am-11:30 am

Jan. 29, 2013:  Private Pesticide Applicators Recertification, Scott County Extension Office, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Visit our events calendar at our web site: http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/

 
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