AG COLUMN — OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD
Compiled by Pete Temple, Express Sports/Ag Editor
We are in the midst of Resource Conservation and Development Week, which was scheduled for Sept. 23-29. The week kicks off the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the RC&D program.
This event is being celebrated, in particular, by the Limestone Bluffs RC&D, which celebrated its 20th year with a picnic Aug. 29 in Maquoketa.
According to a press release from Limestone Bluffs, the RC&D program “is one of the federal government’s true success stories, leveraging non-federal dollars to help support economic development and natural resource protection across the nation.”
In 2011, the nation’s 375 local RC&D councils yielded about $7 for every $1 provided by Congress, the release stated.
Current priorities of the Limestone Bluffs RC&D include rural infrastructure and resource development, water quality and conservation, alternative agriculture, outdoor recreation and tourism, and value-added industry and services.
Projects which can make use of its funding programs are invited to explore opportunities with the staff by calling 563-652-5401, or sending e-mail to office@LimestoneBluffsRCD.org.
• The Iowa Soybean Association is applauding an announced increase in new federal biodiesel targets for 2013.
This coincided with the Obama Administration’s approval of an Environmental Protection Agency recommendation to increase the production and use of biodiesel next year from 1 billion gallons to 1.28 billion gallons.
“This is a great day for Iowa soybean growers and a great day for the biodiesel industry and other supporters of American-made fuel,” said Rolland Schnell, ISA secretary.
“Biodiesel uses only oil from soybean crops and none of the meal. Biodiesel also creates demand for animal fats, increasing the per-head value of livestock.”
More information is available at www.iasoybeans.com.
• The subscription-based CD series, SowBridge, will begin its fifth year Nov. 7, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach announced.
ISU animal science professor and Extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program is intended for people involved in managing and caring for boars, sows and/or their litters, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers. SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets.
The yearlong program is offered by subscription only with an Oct. 15 deadline. Subscribers receive a CD containing that session’s presentation, along with information on accessing the live speaker presentation. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes.
A brochure with cost information and a registration form is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu/ SowBridge/ 2012BrochureIPIC.pdf.
Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at 800-808-7675.