Dec 18, 2012
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People Ask the Darndest Questions 2

  There was a long time running television segment as part of the Art Linkletter show in the days of my youth called “Kids Say the Darndest Things!” Our creamery, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, had its annual fall open house on one of our dairy farms, with a theme of “honor thy customer.” Well, we were not part of a television show, and it was a combination of children and adults, but people asked the darndest questions!...More
Dec 18, 2012
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2012 Agriculture Review: Crop Production, Drought Conditions

  As we reach the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect on what happened agriculturally in the region and across the United States in 2012. This will be a two-part article, with a review of 2012 crop production and weather conditions this week, and a review of livestock production, input costs and grain prices next week.   Crop Production...More
Dec 18, 2012
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Iowa Farmland Values Up 23%

The worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years could not cool off Iowa farmland prices, which drove to record highs for the third straight year in 2012 on strong demand from cash-rich farmers. Iowa farmland prices averaged $8,296/acre, an increase of 23.7% from $6,078 in 2011, according to the annual Iowa Land Value survey compiled by Iowa State University (ISU). This year will also mark the third straight year that Iowa farmland values have risen more than 15%....More
Dec 14, 2012
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Emerging Opportunities in Rural America, Importance of Farm Bill: #askUSDA your questions

Pull up that Twitter account and get your questions ready. On Monday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter to answer questions on the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill....More
Dec. 14, 2012
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Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is... 1

After one heck of a year farming, we're sure there are some things on your wishlist to Santa. While some of them may not be on our list (feel free to add yours in the comment section!), we hope you get everything you want for Christmas. Happy holidays!...More

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