Voting delegates representing all of Iowa’s 99 county pork organizations are meeting Today in Des Moines to discuss and vote on policies affecting the industry. Dal Grooms with the Iowa Pork Producers told Radio Iowa what they plan to discuss.

There's been a Visioning Task Force that's been going on between the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. They are ready to give a report. They're going to be sharing that with the delegates and having delegates respond to that and then talk about accountability, as to who should manage which portion.

Producers are currently paying 45-cents per $100 of pork value under the pork check-off program. Member dues are used for lobbying-- check-off funds are only used for promotion, education, research, exports, and market development.

They're also going to be talking about rates for both the checkoff and then also for the rate that we have for special interest programs. People have been kicking that around for a year or two as well.

The Iowa Pork Congress will also have industry shows and seminars on Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines.

Be sure to tune into the 8 o’clock hour on Thursday and Friday when I share my coverage of the event.

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Iowa Farmers Can Start Looking Forward To The 2023 Farm Bill

2023 is a big year for farmers, it’s when farmers are expecting to see the next Farm Bill.

When speaking to the House Agriculture Committee last week, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack started talking about the next Farm Bill, saying he wants the committee to use the bill to move rural America from an “extractive economy” to a “circular economy”.

According to Vilsack, a circular economy would mean the wealth stays as opportunities and jobs are created.

Vilsack isn’t the only one looking to the future at the next farm bill. Chase Adams of the American Sheep Association says this next year, they are going to be looking a lot at the 2023 Farm Bill.

We are looking for environmental programs. We're going to be grazing and prescriptive grazing- where we can take sheep in and reduce wildfire fuel loads, where we can reduce noxious and invasive species and we can enhance habitat. That is a huge win for the sheep industry. There's a niche that only sheep and maybe goat producers and cattle producers, really sheep have a leg up in this part of the grazing conversation.

Adams says they expect grazing to be part of the conversation for a long time.


Roseanne Barr Abandoned Iowa Mansion in Eldon, IA

I fell into a rabbit hole when I found out that Roseanne Barr almost had a mansion in Iowa. After seeing the current state of the property on Facebook, I was amazed that such an extravagant project could be so quickly overtaken by nature. Only two hours away from Waterloo, this abandoned field could have hosted some of the coolest and elite Hollywood parties in the Midwest. The current photos were taken by Gable Fry on a recent trip he took.

Waterloo's Oldest Neighborhood-Highland Historic District-Photo Gallery

Check out some the homes from yesteryear, in Waterloo's first suburban residential development. Many of them are over a century old, and have survived the test of time. You'll find that most of them are well kept up and are still in pretty good shape.

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