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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
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
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
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
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
It’s always difficult to forecast weather, but if dry field conditions return, the potential for combine and field fires could be a problem for area farmers. All it takes is a single high-temperature source in the engine area or an overheated bearing to ignite dry plant material. more
The Soyfoods Council reminds you that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is the ideal time for dispelling myths and correcting misconceptions about soyfoods. more
Collin Henzen-DeCap, a sophomore at North Scott High School, showed the Champion Shorthorn Plus Market Steer during the 4-H Parade of Champions at the Iowa State Fair. more
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging businesses, farmers, rural residents and other Iowans that use propane to consider taking steps to ensure adequate propane supplies this fall and winter. more
Ardon Creek vineyard, winery and tasting room sits on a 162-year-old farm located 15 minutes southwest of Muscatine and five miles north of Letts. It is a family owned and managed operation established by Mike Furlong and his son, Chad Furlong, to fulfill the promise of community and farm revitalization. more
Rudy Braun combed dirt floors of his family’s Princeton Township barn earlier this month looking for nails. more
Susan’s Army already tackled most of the tomato harvest. She’s deployed members to dig sweet potatoes, paint barns and take on all the work involved with her family’s century farm, now transformed into a certified organic farm. more
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