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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 »»

It’s harvest time in Iowa

September 27, 2016 Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 23, 2016 This crop helps make the Hawkeye State prosperous Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in... more »»

Let’s keep rural life accident free

September 16, 2016 National Farm Safety and Health Week begins Sunday— it’s the 73rd consecutive annual observance. This year’s theme is “farm safety ... a legacy to be proud of. more »»

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

September 7, 2016 The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an en. more »»

Welcome news for Iowa beef producers

August 12, 2016 Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. more »»

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

August 5, 2016 If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15. more »»

Farmers markets good for America

July 29, 2016 Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. They are an important source of attractively priced, nutritious food. With that in mind, U.S. more »»



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