Loebsack Announces Over $1 Million in Funding for Advanced Biofuels Producers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:37

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced a total of $1,073,514 for advanced biofuel producers in Iowa.  The funding is being provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.

“Investments in alternative energy sources, such as biofuels, help create jobs here in Iowa and pave the way to America’s energy independence by reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” said Loebsack.  “I am pleased this funding will go to producers that are on the cutting edge of these groundbreaking technologies.”

Under the USDA Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch.  Examples of eligible materials include but are not limited to: crop residue; animal, food and yard waste material; vegetable oil; and animal fat.  The program supports the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a biofuels industry that creates jobs and broadens the range of materials used to produce renewable fuel.

Details of the funding are below.

·         Clinton County Bio Energy, LLC: $64,382 for biofuel from waste products

·         Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC in Washington: $135,510 for biofuel from waste products

·         Renewable Energy Group, Inc. based in Ames, and with facilities in Newton and Danville among others: $873,622 for biodiesel transesterification


One Year Farm Bill Extension is Irresponsible PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 27 July 2012 12:02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after reports that the House will bring up a one year extension of the current farm bill instead of a new, long-term bill.  Yesterday, Loebsack again called on the Speaker of the House to take action on a 5 year bill.

“Opting for a one year extension of the current farm bill is another example of the Majority’s dysfunction and attempts to play politics instead of getting real work done for our economy.  There must be action on a reformed farm bill that will save money and also provide disaster assistance for farmers and livestock producers who are suffering from the current drought.  Congress is again kicking the can down the road.  Our farmers and rural communities deserve more to help provide certainty for the long-term.”


Live From China: U.S. Soybean Farmers Honor 30-Year Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 27 July 2012 12:00
One of every four rows of soybeans grown in the United States will travel to China, making it the largest international market for U.S. soy. A delegation of U.S. soybean farmers will travel to China to show their appreciation, and speak to U.S. reporters from there live.

Representatives of the United Soybean Board (USB), the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) will be available through a teleconference to discuss this mutually beneficial relationship and how American soybean farmers are helping China reach its food security and safety goals.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Central Time

To participate in the teleconference, please click here to register. 


Vanessa Kummer, USB chair, North Dakota soybean farmer

Steve Wellman, ASA president, Nebraska soybean farmer

Roy Bardole, USSEC chairman, Iowa soybean farmer

Livestock and Crop Options during Drought PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 27 July 2012 08:44
Eastern Iowa crop and livestock producers dealing with drought–related issues are invited to
attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program Monday, July 30 to learn more
about options available to them. Jackson and Clinton County Extension will be hosting the 1- 3
p.m. program at Buzzy’s in Welton. There is no charge to attend the webinar.

Livestock issues covered during the program will include options to help producers manage
immediate needs related to stressed pastures and reduced hay supplies. Denise Schwab,
Extension Beef Specialist, will discuss early weaning to reduce cow requirements, supplemental
feeding on pasture, feeding value of drought stressed corn silage, proper ensiling and potential
for nitrate toxicity for corn harvested as silage or green chop.

Members of the Extension Crops Team will cover the topics of crop growth and development
under drought conditions and feeding drought damaged crops. “We will look at current
conditions, short-range and long range forecasts, impacts of drought on forages and crops, and
impacts on disease and insect development,” said Virgil Schmitt, Extension Agronomist.

In addition to the Jackson and Clinton County Extension Offices, Fidelity Bank & Trust and US
Bank at Clinton and Maquoketa are co-sponsoring this program.

For more information on the program, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 563-
652-4923. Additional drought related materials can be found at the ISU Extension & Outreach
drought disaster web site


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Written by Laurie Johns   
Friday, 27 July 2012 08:05

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 26, 2012 – Audubon-Manning Veterinary Clinic (AMVC), long recognized by Iowa farmers as an industry leader in assuring livestock health and welfare, is credited with also providing a valued service to farmers in six other states.  The AMVC model of excellence and strong community commitment helped the Audubon business earn the July Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award.

AMVC is a veterinary clinic, first and foremost, which offers services to small and large animals, but on a much larger scale.  Dr. Daryl Olsen, one of AMVC’s founders, says, “We offer services and management for 100,000 sows in seven states, which in turn, give birth to 2.5 million pigs and employ 450 people. We just listened to our customers and we tried to offer the services that they need.  It’s helped our business grow and find the best ways to serve our farmers,” says Olsen.  “We have grown to seven states now and we do that by hiring good people.  We have employees at management levels, CBA’s, PHd’s, agronomists, vets but also we get the typical person who will work directly on farms.”

Michelle Sprague, ISU grad, works at AMVC and oversees herd health. “I chose AMVC when I graduated because it seemed like a very progressive company that did a lot of things right, that cared about the community, the swine industry and the business as a whole.  You can also tell that the employees are happy and it’s fun to work here.  Since I wanted to end up in rural Iowa, this is a great fit for me personally as well,” says Sprague.

Randy Dreher, Audubon hog and cattle farmer, says AMVC’s commitment to farmers is unparalleled. “Not only do we look to them for insight, but it’s a valuable service for them to be a sounding board for my operation: to know what things I need to look for, not just for a profitability standpoint, but for livestock health as well,” says Dreher, a local Farm Bureau leader.

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources.   Visit with Renew Rural Iowa staff and partners at the Iowa State Fair on August 16 in Farm Bureau Park.  For more information, go to



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