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West Liberty Foods to cut 260 jobs in eastern Iowa

A turkey processing plant in eastern Iowa has announced 260 workers will be laid off beginning next month. West Liberty Foods says it’s discontinuing its ready-to-eat slicing operations in West Liberty, Iowa. First-shift log fabrication operations and turkey harvesting will not be impacted. Company officials... Read More.

Practical Farmers of Iowa seeking on-farm research participants

Midwestern farmers using soil health practices can take part in research projects focused on nitrogen use and cover crops this growing season. Practical Farmers of Iowa senior research manager Stefan Gailans says they are seeking corn growers to explore whether practices like cover crops... Read More.

John Deere to layoff 150 workers in Ankeny, Iowa

John Deere has announced a round of layoffs at its facility in Ankeny, Iowa. Company officials tell Brownfield approximately 150 production employees at John Deere Des Moines Works will be placed on indefinite layoff effective over April and May. The employees were informed of... Read More.

Tyson Foods to close Perry, Iowa pork processing plant

Tyson Foods has announced it’s permanently closing its pork packing plant in Perry, Iowa and an ag economist says he was surprised by the move. Allendale chief strategist Rich Nelson tells Brownfield most of Tyson’s financial issues have dealt with beef processing while pork... Read More.

Wyffels Hybrids first Iowa facility coming online in 2024

The new seed corn distribution center for Illinois-based Wyffels Hybrids located outside of Ames, Iowa is nearing completion. Jacob Wyffels, vice president of production at Wyffels, says it’ll be operational this spring… “We’re hoping to open our doors here in probably middle of May.”  He... Read More.

Iowa delegation sends letter to EPA Admin Regan on year-round E15

A group of lawmakers are asking the Biden administration to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow year-round sales of E15 beginning in 2025. During a press call Thursday, U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said a delayed implementation of the rule doesn’t make sense.... Read More.

Weather allows for start to field work in Iowa

Field work is already underway in Iowa. The USDA says Iowa farmers took advantage of the weather to apply fertilizer and manure, with some starting tillage and even oat planting. The eastern half of the state did generally see better precipitation than western areas, but... Read More.