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A challenging year but unforgettable Thanksgiving

Rural people often reminisce by years. The general rule for any talk about “good” or “bad” years is that good years rarely merit as much mention as great years and great years usually play second fiddle to bad years. The reason that challenging or tough years like 2019 and 2020 leave ...

Butter boy

Nutritional advice can be confusing. Getting a definitive answer regarding whether any particular food is good or bad for you is like trying to pin Jell-O to a wall with a red-hot branding iron. For instance, there once was a time when nutrition authorities implied that coffee is bad for ...

Pardon me

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com WALCOTT — Each November, the presidential pardon of the national Thanksgiving turkey makes big headlines across the country. This year marks the eighth time in 73 years that this prestigious bird has come from an Iowa farm. While adults like ...

Koch Fertilizer plans $140M local investment

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net Koch Fertilizer will invest about $140 million to increase production capacity at its ammonia plant east of Fort Dodge, company officials announced Friday. The upgrades will boost yearly production by 85,000 tons, the company reported. Work is set to ...

Covid is still here

It’s after November 4th. The president had promised that we would no longer be talking about the Covid pandemic because it would just go away after the election. Has any prediction ever been more wrong? Covid positives are up near 200,000 per day. At that rate the country in on track toward ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Net farm income projections to be on the rise According to the USDA, net farm income is expected to total nearly $103 billion in 2020. If realized, this would be the first time net farm income has been above $100 billion since 2013. AgCentric Director Keith Olander also anticipates a ...

Crop watch

Sunday was November 22nd, the 57th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. I know that every person who were in any grade at school, even kindergarteners, remembers that day and of being told what had happened in Dallas early that afternoon. When discussing it with their parents or any other ...

Weekly market review

Export sales for the week ending November 12th came in above expectations for corn and soybeans. Corn sales totaled 42.9 million bushels, 18 million above the weekly total needed to reach the USDA’s estimate. This now puts yearly sales 392 million bushels ahead of the pace needed to ...

Farm income tax strategies for 2020

The large increase in government payments, crop insurance claims and higher market prices has created more taxable income for 2020 than many farmers anticipated. This means some unexpected income tax consequences that might need to be addressed soon. - Prepay expenses This only works for ...

Farm News Ag Show is cancelled

With Governor Reynolds announcing enhanced public health measures, we are canceling the 2020 Farm News Ag Show that was scheduled for Dec. 9-10. We feel strongly about the public's safety and we understand the need to limit gatherings. Although disappointed we won't see the vendors and ...