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March 3, 2017 Iowans have long understood the importance of soil and water conservation. more »»

Enjoy Ag Progress edition 2017

February 24, 2017 As the holiday season draws to a close each year, the writing staff at Farm News embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region... more »»

It’s FFA Week all across America

February 15, 2017 FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agricultur. more »»

TPP pact is dead

February 10, 2017 Among the first actions President Donald Trump took was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. more »»

USDA helps America build for tomorrow

February 3, 2017 People who don’t plan for the future are less likely to be successful long-term than are those who do. With that in mind, the U.S. more »»

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

January 27, 2017 Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversit. more »»

Branstad announces final agenda

January 19, 2017 Gov. Terry Branstad announced Jan 10 in his Condition of the State address — delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. more »»

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

January 13, 2017 In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. more »»

USDA report shows progress

January 6, 2017 There’s good news in an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service in mid-November — Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition. more »»

Reflecting on 2016

December 30, 2016 Soon, 2016 will be in the record books. That makes today an especially good time to reflect on the year that is about to end. more »»

Mike Sexton moves up in Des Moines

December 23, 2016 State Rep. Mike Sexton will be in a key leadership role in the Iowa House of Representatives when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January for the new legislative session. more »»

Iowa’s loss a plus for the nation

December 16, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump vowed during the campaign that his administration would make closing the U.S. trade deficit with China a top priority. more »»

Gov. Branstad has an opportunity

December 2, 2016 Six years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, then already a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the... more »»

Barns symbolize Iowa’s farm heritage

November 18, 2016 Iowa’s rural landscape has changed dramatically as farming has become less labor intensive in the last century. more »»

Today we pay honor to our veterans

November 11, 2016 More than nine decades have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. more »»

Let’s keep Steve King in Congress

November 3, 2016 The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn’t live in the district that sent them to Washington. more »»

October is National Pork Month

October 28, 2016 October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. more »»

Sen. Charles Grassley is a keeper

October 21, 2016 Some politicians go to Washington and forget the folks back home except when elections are near. Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa’s senior United States senator, isn’t one of them. more »»

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

October 14, 2016 There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members... more »»

4-H is about helping youths achieve

October 7, 2016 National 4-H Week, which is currently underway, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»



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