Fire destroyed a turkey barn near Newell, Iowa Tuesday afternoon. The blaze burned for seven hours, causing $750,000 in damage. There were no turkeys in the barn at the time and nobody was injured. Investigators are trying to determine what started the fire, but they say it appears to be accidental.
Where's the beef? President Obama announced this week that the USDA will buy $170 million worth of pork, chicken, lamb and catfish. It's intended to help farmers facing high feed costs because of the drought, but beef was left off the list. Robert Butcher, who raises cattle and hogs near Holstein, calls it a step in the right direction. He says the beef market has held up better and pork producers will have a tougher time getting back to the black.
A rescue rehearsal in Kingsley, Iowa Tuesday night. Local emergency crews staged a drill at the local elevator to train on equipment used to rescue people entrapped in grain. The Farmer's Cooperative Elevator helped buy the grain entrapment tubes with matching funds from Land O' Lakes and CoBank. Tuesday night's drill will help officials be prepared for the fall harvest season when grain entrapments are more common.
A workout of a different kind for members of the Heelan High School football team. On Tuesday, the players helped move furniture into Camp High Hopes. That's the new Sioux City camp for kids and adults with disabilities that's set to open on September 10th. The camp will feature lots of outdoor activities like archery and canoeing. The Heelan players say it's always good to give back to the community.
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