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USDA establishes rural business investment program

Posted: 04/21/2014 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in Cedar Rapids on Monday to announce the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company, licensed by the USDA to establish a fund that will invest in businesses.

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Ag census shows boom in farm sales

Posted: 02/21/2014 - A new government survey says the number of U.S. farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012, about a 4 percent drop from five years earlier.

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Iowa Co. gypsy moth quarantine coming

Posted: 01/17/2014 - Trapping data and field surveys indicate that the gypsy moth, an invasive insect that feeds on the leaves of hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, is reproducing and taking hold in another Wisconsin county.

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USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds

Posted: 01/03/2014 - The weed killer is called 2,4-D. It's legal and commonly used in the U.S. by gardeners, and scientists don't believe it was responsible for the health problems linked to Agent Orange.

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House passes farm law extension

Posted: 12/12/2013 - Both the Senate and the House have passed farm bills this year, but they differ on how much to cut the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.

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