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Rough times worse than they seem

Flooding, erosion and land and commodity values are all things that have southeast Iowa farmers worried. Washington County Extension Education Director Gene Mohling says economic tensions in other areas are now catching up with the agriculture sector. However, he feels the recent decision by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to ramp up ethanol usage in blended fuels should help. He also says the recent decline in farmland values is probably not as bad as it sounds, because prices were artificially inflated.