Several backyard chicken operations remain under quarantine in Iowa following this year’s bird flu outbreak, but state officials announced today that all commercial operations have been given approval to restock their farms. The disease affected more than 31 million chickens and turkeys in Iowa and led to countries such as China, South Korea and South […]
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Given the other infestations in Iowa, it was only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer was detected in Cedar Rapids. A member of Iowa’s emerald ash borer team discovered live larvae on an ash tree at an Interstate 380 rest area in southern Cedar Rapids, state officials announced this morning.
Bird flu has taken its toll on Iowa’s poultry since it was first reported in the state in April 2015. New numbers released today show that more than 34 million chickens and turkeys in Iowa have been affected during that time; most at commercial farms, but also at six backyard flocks. See how you can […]
Some customers are put off by the crowds at large farmers markets, but I think it’s exciting for the vendors, who often do more business in one day than they can in several weeks of smaller markets. With that in mind, the next Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to […]
The march continues. Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that kills all varieties of ash trees, has been positively identified from a tree in Mount Pleasant, in Henry County. The latest discovery, announced Friday, July 11, 2014, brings to 10 the number of counties where the devastating beetle has been found in Iowa.
Cindy Hadish/ Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – In 2008, epic flooding left more than 1,000 homes and businesses vacant in Cedar Rapids, leading to an explosion in the city’s stray cat population. Five years later, a dedicated core of volunteers remain active in seeking help for the city’s “flood cats.”
FAIRFIELD – Just last month, officials announced that Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that destroys ash trees, was found in Burlington. Now comes confirmation of an infestation in Fairfield. Local information about Emerald Ash Borer can be found on the Trees Forever website. Iowa agencies released the following today,
UPDATE: The North Liberty City Council will consider the urban chicken ordinance at its Aug. 13 meeting, after the matter was tabled on July 23. Daniela Williams of North Liberty, one of the supporters of the measure, said new information was presented at this week’s meeting from the Cedar Valley Humane Society, which indicated that […]
Which came first? When it comes to backyard chickens, oftentimes it’s not the egg, but chicks from the Murray McMurray Hatchery. Specialty breeds, such as Black Australorps; Silver Laced Wyandottes and Buff Orpingtons can be purchased from the hatchery – established in 1917 in Webster City, Iowa – with a minimum order of 15 to 25 […]