USDA http://iowapublicradio.org en USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usda-one-step-closer-approving-new-herbicide-resistant-crops <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">New herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans are a step closer to reaching farm fields in the U.S. They would help farmers control weeds that are no longer killed by the popular herbicide, Roundup.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:40:54 +0000 Grant Gerlock 34466 at http://iowapublicradio.org USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops Schools buying local produce, but room to expand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-buying-local-produce-room-expand <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa’s school districts spent six percent of their food budgets buying from local farms in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s </span><a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census/#/map" style="line-height: 1.5;">Farm to School Census</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That means efforts to fill cafeteria trays with local foods have plenty of room to grow.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:57:46 +0000 Amy Mayer 32064 at http://iowapublicradio.org Schools buying local produce, but room to expand A Study on Crop Rotation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/study-crop-rotation <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">A lot of Iowa farmers use a two-year rotation of corn one year and soybeans the next. But what if a longer rotation could yield better crops and was good for the soil? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:27:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10070 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Study on Crop Rotation Early Planting of Lots of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop http://iowapublicradio.org/post/early-planting-lots-acres-could-mean-record-corn-crop <p>Across the Corn Belt, farmers are hoping this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books. With planting season already off to a roaring start, farmers say they’re putting in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:17:14 +0000 Sarah McCammon 933 at http://iowapublicradio.org Early Planting of Lots of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop