Lighter Side: Your guide to this nation of bacon

From bacon cocktails to bacon-wrapped matzah balls, here’s a delicious ode to the country’s fascination and obsession with bacon. FULL STORY »

Iowa makes new water quality funds available

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that $1.4 million in cost share funds are now available to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices. FULL STORY »

Tips for ‘late’ applications of nitrogen

Persistent rains this year may force many growers to sidedress their nitrogen (N) in corn this year much later than what is considered normal. Other growers may be supplementing their earlier N applications to replace N lost from denitrification and leaching. FULL STORY »

U.S. farmland prices stay high, but cash rents due for pressure

U.S. farmland values have remained strong this summer despite falling crop prices, but that could change heading into the busy annual auction season at year's end, auctioneers say. FULL STORY »

Commentary: ‘Animal Rights or Wrongs?’

A kids’ show explores the contentious issue of using animals to test drugs or conduct research. What they had to say offer a valuable insight into why the issue is so volatile even for adults FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Pig chases kids through Maine woods

Police in Maine are on the lookout after two children were allegedly a pig. FULL STORY »

Commentary: ‘Healthy’ obesity?

Can someone be fat and healthy at the same time? Researchers say that everyone who’s obese isn’t always unhealthy, and the difference maker isn’t one’s diet — it’s a single protein. FULL STORY »

Reducing fertilizer use with a more accurate soil test

Soil tests that determine fertilizer needs measure nitrate in the soil, but they don't sufficiently account for soil microbes, which mineralize organic nitrogen and make more of it available to a crop. As a result, farmers often apply more fertilizer than they need. FULL STORY »

Pork net sales slip another 27%

According to the USDA’s latest Weekly Export Sales report, pork net sales of 8,900 metric tons (MT) for 2014 were down 27 percent from the previous week and 19 percent from the prior 4-week average. FULL STORY »

Manure storage challenged after historic rains

Heavy rains can add water to manure storage. This reduces space for manure and freeboard and makes emptying pits more difficult. FULL STORY »

Are you prepared for a manure spill?

In the case of a manure spill, livestock producers should have a spill kit prepared. FULL STORY »

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