Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday Farm News Roundup

Missouri hay producers have been targeted by a scam. The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Missouri Department of Agriculture has warned hay producers to be wary of a scam involving requests of farmers to wire transfer funds to a hay hauler who will supposedly pick up loads of hay.

After months of hearing about the impending corn shortage, now people are talking about the coming corn glut, as in this article in the Seattle Times. Why? Well, all of the signs are showing that there will be plenty of corn. Some are even starting to use the term "bin-buster" in reference to this year's corn crop.

Business Week published an article this week about the difficulty that young people are having as they attempt to acquire land to begin a farming operation.

The Iowa Learning Farm targets its educational efforts at improving water quality, as reported on Farm News Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported this week that an Iowa State University professor has devised a way to make biodiesel cheaper, faster and better.

Here are some more rumblings about a simple extension of the 2002 Farm Bill.

Iowa Farmer Today has an article about a farmer who is keeping a close watch for terrorists (foreign or domestic).

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced the appointment of three new bureau chiefs this week. And Gov. Chet Culver announced the appointment of Paul Johnson to the Environmental Protection Commission.

The Catholic Rural Life Conference is pushing for changes in the federal farm bill, as reported in this article on the Catholic Online website.

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