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Evening Edition | Thursday, September 29, 2022

In this Evening Edition, read about livestock and crops around the country, another pipeline company suing landowners in Iowa, and details about USDA insurance and conservation programs.

Recent Hurricane and Drought Conditions

Farmers in Florida rushed to reach their cattle on Thursday after trees downed by Hurricane Ian broke fences used to contain the animals, and rain from the fierce storm flooded fields used for grazing.

The hurricane washed out roads, hampering farmers' attempts to corral cattle before they escape fenced areas in a potential threat to public safety.

Read about Brian Shoop, a rancher in Hillsborough County, and his experience with the hurricane so far.

Editor Natalina Sents Bausch reports on Illinois' drought conditions.

D1 (moderate drought) jumped to cover more than 8% of the state this week, with expanded acreage in southern Illinois.

Find out how the corn and soybean crops are faring in the state.

Natalina Sents Bausch also covers the news of Colorado's 64 counties that have been designated as disaster zones.

In total, almost 12% of the state is suffering from severe drought.

Read on to see how much the drought has impacted livestock and feed availability in the state.

Summit Carbon Solutions Lawsuit in Iowa

Summit Carbon Solutions filed lawsuits this week against three sets of northern Iowa landowners, who have allegedly prevented its agents from surveying their properties, according to court records.

There is no threshold required by Iowa law for how much of the route must have voluntary agreements.

Find out what percentage of the 680-mile pipeline route Summit has obtained easement agreements for.

USDA Insurance and Conservation Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it has expanded its Post-Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE) insurance option for corn farmers who “split-apply” nitrogen to include most counties in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, where non-irrigated corn is insurable.

This crop insurance option builds upon the Risk Management Agency's efforts to encourage use of conservation practices, including cover crops.

Learn more about the program in the article linked below.

Farmers received billions of dollars from two of the largest federal agricultural conservation programs between 2017 and 2020, but only a small proportion of the money funded practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Read more about the USDA programs in place to support the adoption of climate-smart agriculture in the article linked below.

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