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2017 legislative session was productive

May 19, 2017 In recent years, control of the Iowa Legislature has been split. Neither political party controlled both chambers and the governorship simultaneously. more »»

Mothers of steel

May 12, 2017 As Mother’s Day approaches, I am often caught up in the nostalgia the day brings, and the notion that mothers have held families together ever since, well, the invention of mothers. more »»

Iowa leads nation in egg production Egg production is big business in Iowa

May 12, 2017 The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state’s nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. more »»

Transportation week starts Sunday It celebrates the contributions of crucial industry

May 12, 2017 National Transportation Week, which starts Sunday, is a celebration of the transportation industry that has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 196. more »»


May 12, 2017 Leave it to the language experts at England’s Oxford Dictionaries to come up with a two-word “Word of the Year” for 2016. That (those) word(s) is (are) “post-truth. more »»

May is Egg Month – let’s celebrate

May 12, 2017 By KEVIN STILES Executive Director Iowa Egg Council Perhaps it is part of our “Iowa Niceness,” but we, in agriculture in the state, don’t often take time to celebrate and reflect on our successes. more »»


May 12, 2017 There was another huge anti-Trump rally in D.C., this time focused on climate change. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly requested 24/7 personal security protection from the U.S. Marshalls. more »»


May 12, 2017 I have been trying to figure out how to say this because it isn’t easy. So, I will simply say I am going to stop writing my weekly columns and this is the last one. more »»


May 10, 2017 Mother’s Day is almost here, which means the greeting card industry is about to receive a cash infusion that would dwarf the entire economy of Lichtenstein. more »»


May 10, 2017 TIME TO CHECK FIELDS FOR REDUCED STANDS Already this growing season is looking like one that will have a multitude of challenge. more »»


May 5, 2017 Corn Belt shows division There is a shift taking place to the division of the U.S. Corn Belt. more »»

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa This food ranks high on the list of culinary favorites in US

May 5, 2017 Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. more »»

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

April 28, 2017 From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. more »»

Grassley keeps his promises

April 21, 2017 When a politician makes a promise, it’s not uncommon for voters to respond with skepticism. When U.S. Sen. more »»

Conservation efforts get a boost

April 14, 2017 Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. more »»

Big changes are coming

April 7, 2017 A section of the Iowa that has been losing population and experiencing less robust economic growth than the Hawkeye State as a whole is about to get a boost. more »»

Bill Northey keeps pledge

March 31, 2017 Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, long ago pledged to visit all 99 Iowa counties each year to meet with Iowans to discuss the future of agriculture. more »»

Help celebrate National Ag Week

March 24, 2017 After an at times trying winter, spring is about to arrive. As another growing season approaches, this week has been set as National Ag Week by the Agriculture Council of Americ. more »»

It’s time for artists to submit work

March 15, 2017 The search for artists to be honored in the sixth annual “Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Exhibition” competition is underway. more »»

Time to act on voters’ mandate

March 10, 2017 In 2010, Iowa voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. more »»



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