Cattlemen pledge $5,000 to flood relief

Cash donations welcome to lend more aid

The Greene County Cattlemen feel the pain and stress of their neighboring beef producers in western Iowa and Nebraska. The organization has agreed to donate $5,000 to the Iowa and Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association to be distributed to their members.

The Greene County Cattlemen’s board of directors welcome monetary donations to add to their generosity. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Cattlemen at Home State Bank or Peoples Bank. Continue reading Cattlemen pledge $5,000 to flood relief

Available Buildings Tour, EntreBASH slated in Jefferson

Greene County Development Corporation and Jefferson Matters: Main Street are partnering to host a tour of available buildings for business and residential opportunities in downtown Jefferson on April 25 & 27. The tour includes retail space, office space and housing options within the Main Street District. To date, twelve locations will be on the tour. Continue reading Available Buildings Tour, EntreBASH slated in Jefferson

Laehn warns of precedent set by sculpture on the courthouse grounds

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Displaying art on the courthouse grounds was the topic of a lesson county attorney Thomas Laehn provided the county supervisors at their April 15 meeting. His lesson may mean that the 2019 Ring Out for Art sculpture contest organized by Jefferson Matters: Main Streets Tower View Team may be the last, or at least the last one on the courthouse grounds. Continue reading Laehn warns of precedent set by sculpture on the courthouse grounds

Farmers slowed by last week’s rainy, windy weather

Iowa farmers were waiting for warmer weather and drier conditions as snow, ice and rain throughout the state prevented much fieldwork during the week ending April 14, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Southwest Iowa had the most days suitable for fieldwork at 4.1 days. Farmers in west central Iowa had 2.4 days suitable. Fieldwork activities remained mostly limited to applying anhydrous and spreading manure with very little planting done. Continue reading Farmers slowed by last week’s rainy, windy weather

Ag census shows livestock production, use of cover crops increased since ’12

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented on the USDA NASS 2017 Census of Ag report released Thursday.

“Thank you to all the farmers who participated in the 2017 Census of Ag. This data gives us a valuable snapshot of the crop and livestock production happening right here in Iowa, and it reaffirms that agriculture is vital to the state’s economy,” said Secretary Naig. “We generated almost $29 billion in crop and livestock sales in 2017, and livestock sales now exceed crop sales by 4 percent. Iowa remains number one in corn and pork production, and planted cover crop acres increased 256 percent since the 2012 census.” Continue reading Ag census shows livestock production, use of cover crops increased since ’12

Jeff council sets five public hearings

The Jefferson city council set public hearings for every item on its April 9 meeting agenda.
The council set May 14 at 5:30 pm as the time for a public hearing on the relocation of 243rd St for a runway extension project at the municipal airport. The resolution setting the public hearing also included ordering the plans and specifications for the project and setting the bid security. Continue reading Jeff council sets five public hearings

County supes ask for review of master matrix

The Greene County supervisors on Monday approved a letter to state elected officials lauding the county’s hog growers and their practices, and asking the legislature to consider changes to the master matrix, the tool used to evaluate applications for the construction permit needed for new confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The final version of the letter is very similar to a draft reviewed a week ago. The letter was written by supervisor Peter Bardole, a partner in a hog CAFO recently permitted by the Iowa DNR. Continue reading County supes ask for review of master matrix

Landus Cooperative to close Scranton location

Customers of the Scranton location of Landus Cooperative learned last week the facility will be closing within a year. The announcement was made late last week with letters mailed to customers in the area.

The determining factor is the safety of the facility. It has been discovered the concrete silos are deteriorating, causing a safety hazard for the workers as well as grain that is stored inside. Continue reading Landus Cooperative to close Scranton location

County engineer tells 5-year road construction plan

Widening and resurfacing County Road P-46 between 340th and 320th St in Washington Township is slated for FY2020. That project is next in line in the five-year secondary roads construction program. County engineer Wade Weiss reviewed the plan with the county supervisors Monday; the supervisors then approved the plan.

The estimated cost of the Washington Township project is $1 million. Continue reading County engineer tells 5-year road construction plan

Info meeting slated for farmers market 2019 season

Farmers market vendors, potential vendors, food/dinner providers and supporters of the Greene County farmers market are invited to welcome spring and meet other local “foodies” at a “Spring into Spring” informational meeting Thursday, April 18, at 6 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens Welcome Center in Jefferson. More

More information will be available and potential vendors and dinner providers are invited to bring samples to share. Continue reading Info meeting slated for farmers market 2019 season

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