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Conservation District has scholarships

High school seniors intending to pursue programs of study in any field of agriculture, environmental science, or natural resources, have until Feb. 16, 2018 to participate in the 2018 Conservation District of Iowa (CDI) Auxiliary scholarship program. more

New water quality law’s aim: revolutionize Iowa ag

Mike Paustian crouches to point out a slim rye leaf fluttering in a warm January wind through a tangle of corn stubble. If Iowa’s new water quality law succeeds, he expects Iowans will be seeing a lot more green cereal rye covering brown fields between cash crops. more

Tractors are coming to Scott County!

iHeartMedia-Des Moines, Newsradio 1040 WHO (WHO-AM), and WHO Radio’s The Big Show, have announced that the Quad Cities is the location for the 22nd Annual WHO Radio Tractor Ride. more

ISU Extension to present Crop Advantage Series

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to the Rhythm City Casino and Resort in Davenport on Jan. 26 for the 2018 Crop Advantage Series. more

USDA increases conservation assistance by $10 million

Iowa farmers received $46.4 million in USDA assistance to implement conservation practices on their land in the past year through Farm Bill programs administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is a 20-percent, or $10 million, increase from the previous year. more

Farm land values up after three years of decline: Scott County land tops the charts at $10,497 per acre

After having fallen in each of the three previous years, the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa saw an increase in 2017. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,326. This represents an increase of 2.0 percent, or $143 per acre, from the 2016 estimate. more

Farmers have help fighting through stress

2017 has been a challenging year for farmers and 2018 may be similar. Crop profit margins are tight once again, as more farms face cash flow and working capital constraints. more

County cracks down on farmland tax credits

About 4,500 acres of Scott County farmland have been ruled ineligible for family farm property tax credits after a more thorough review undertaken this year by the Scott County assessor found the property had been rented out and was no longer eligible for the credit intended for family-farmed property. more

New tools will help owners protect their land

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has released two new, easy-to-use tools for Iowa landowners interested in exploring methods for permanently protecting their land. more

County juggles farm-to-market roads: Changes intended to seek funds to pave more rural roads

For the first time since 2003, Scott County supervisors this week are considering removing 13 miles of county roads from the state’s farm-to-market designation in order to add 9 miles of new farm-to-market roads targeted for resurfacing, including – one day – an unpaved stretch of Allens Grove Road. more

Late harvest is a fooler: Yields better than cool, dry August might suggest

Wary Scott County farmers say their cautious harvest expectations are falling to yields far better than anticipated and prices that, so far, are holding up. more

Tasty donation

The Scott County Pork Producers held their annual 4-H Apple Pie Contest in August at the Mississippi Valley Fair. Pies are baked by 4-H'ers, judged and then auctioned off during the noon break of the hog show. more
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