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Several changes for this year’s state fair, but the heart remains

Several changes for this year’s state fair, but the heart remains

The Iowa State Fair is less than a month away, and the people who run it are excited (with a healthy dose of fear) for it to kick off. Iowa State Fair CEO Jeremy Parsons said several events have taken place on the fairgrounds recently, and that helps them to be physically prepared for the state fair to begin. While the main entrance to the sheep barn won’t be finished until after the fair, the interior is fully renovated for use in this year’s sheep shows. Interestingly enough, there are no...

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Despite bullish July WASDE, market expectations should be tempered

Despite bullish July WASDE, market expectations should be tempered

It seems like we only get one or two friendly USDA reports to talk about every year, and the July WASDE report was one of them. However, it’s not as bullish as it might initially seem, so expectations for the long term need to be tempered. Allendale commodity broker...

Sun powered sustainability taking shape at Chevron REG in Mason City

Sun powered sustainability taking shape at Chevron REG in Mason City

Chevron Renewable Energy Group is introducing an enhancement at its Mason City biodiesel production facility that includes the installation of a solar array. The project kicked off with a groundbreaking event at the site that included local leaders and project...

Outlook for fall 2024 fertilizer shipments

Outlook for fall 2024 fertilizer shipments

While we just passed the 4th of July a week ago, it is not unreasonable to think about the supplies you will need for and after the fall harvest. One of the biggest inputs that will be thought about is the fall fertilizer and its availability. In the past, we saw some...

U.S. Export Sales Report (7-11-24)

U.S. Export Sales Report (7-11-24)

We’re still seeing the same numbers for corn and soybean exports. Corn is looking good, while soybeans continue to struggle. Allendale commodity broker Greg McBride gave an update on the latest numbers. Yesterday also saw China making its first purchase of new crop...

AFBF launches Veteran Farmer Award of Excellence

AFBF launches Veteran Farmer Award of Excellence

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for the new Veteran Farmer Award of Excellence, sponsored by Farm Credit. Logan Yearsley, director of member engagement for Farm Bureau, said this award recognizes those who have served our country and the ag...

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Outlook for fall 2024 fertilizer shipments

Outlook for fall 2024 fertilizer shipments

While we just passed the 4th of July a week ago, it is not unreasonable to think about the supplies you will need for and after the fall harvest. One of the biggest inputs that will be thought about is the fall fertilizer and its availability. In the past, we saw some...