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How to prevent a livestock nuisance case

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com NEMAHA — If there’s one thing most livestock nuisance cases have in common, it’s the complaints expressed by people who are angry with the farmer. That farm stinks. I can’t stand to be outside. I can’t enjoy spending time on my deck. ...

Shining bright

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com LE MARS — Drive down Impala Avenue 7 miles west of Le Mars in the daytime in December, and it appears this is the middle of nowhere, with just a few farmhouses here and there. But turn south on this gravel road off Highway 3 around 5 p.m., ...

‘There is still plenty of risk in this market’

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The Dec. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) isn’t a report that many pay much attention to, but this year, that was a different story. “Typically, the Dec. WASDE is a mere formality and in fact, last year at this time the corn ...

A year to remember

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com Trade, coronavirus, derecho and drought — those events will definitely bring the year 2020 into the history books. “When we look back, we will all remember the year 2020, but it is one of the few years that farmers will be able to say, ‘hey ...

Operation Christmas Meal assists local families

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com FORT DODGE ­—The vacant Younkers parking lot at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge became the site where 1,000 families were each gifted with a free pork loin last Thursday. Operation Christmas Meal is made possible by Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and ...

Silent Night

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com HOLSTEIN — Stepping into the Battle Center Church is a spiritual experience in more ways than one. The past permeates this space, where there’s no electricity, plumbing or climate-control system. No regular services have been held in this ...

Turning corn stover into pallets

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com Ground-breaking is planned for the spring 2021 for a new manufacturing facility near Odebolt in Sac County. The manufacturing facility will convert corn stover biomass into CornBoard – a wood alternative that will then be used to make pallets. Lane ...

Iowa’s Storyteller focuses on history, food and farming

There’s a saying that people forget; books don’t. This resonates with author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, of rural Lake City. “In my 20-plus career as an ag journalist, I’ve come across many remarkable stories that need to be protected in a format that will endure,” said Maulsby, ...

Farm Gal Soaps

HARDY — Handcrafters prepare unique and personalized items. Some do it as their full-time job, for others it is their side hustle. Regardless, local support of their businesses could make for some fun gift giving and even better gift receiving. Farm Gal Soaps features handcrafted goat milk ...

Corn, soybean stocks tighten

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com There were a few bullish surprises with the Nov. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released earlier this month. “We did expect a bullish report for soybeans, definitely, as export sales have been very strong for soybeans ...