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Iowa Cover Crops: Answers to 8 Common Questions


Cover crops are relatively new to most of Iowa’s landscape, so (naturally) Iowans have lots of questions. We’ve answered some of the most commonly Googled questions about cover crops with help from some Iowa experts.

Iowa Minute: Measuring Soil and Water Conservation Techniques


From cover crops to terraces, Iowa farmers use many techniques to protect the water and soil, and Iowa is the only state to thoroughly track those practices.

USDA announces emergency grazing on CRP acres in Iowa


USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong today announced that effective immediately, emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres is approved in Iowa through May 14, 2019.

Helping food companies reach their sustainability goals: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 10


In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill provide updates on flooding along the Missouri River and the assistance available to flood victims. The episode also features an interview with Charlie Arnot (CEO of the Center for Food Integrity) about a plan to help food companies reach their sustainability goals, while avoiding inaccurate and harmful claims about farming practices and technology.

Iowa Farm Bureau unites farming neighbors, friends with online exchange to help Iowa flood victims


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, launched the Farming Community Disaster Exchange where Iowans can offer help to those impacted by the floods or to seek assistance.

Signs of hope: Why monarch butterflies are important to Iowa


The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, launched in 2015, is a community-led initiative with a goal to enhance monarch habitat in the state through collaborative efforts of farmers, citizens and organizations.

Iowa Farm Bureau crop experts say the worst is yet to come for farmers impacted by flooding


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) economists say Iowa may see upwards of $2 billion in damages from recent flooding in Iowa, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) says may peak again once snow melts make their way down from neighboring northern states and heavy spring rains arrive.

Hardin County custom steelworking company earns Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award


Iowa Steel Masters, a custom steel rollforming company, founded in 2014, provides nearly 10 million pounds of steel to customers creating custom panels for agricultural buildings, residential projects, and commercial building paneling each year.

Amidst flood tragedy, the spirit of helping remains strong


The one thing that seems to remain unbroken is the helpful spirit of “that’s what you do” Iowans.

Iowa Farm Bureau supports immediate relief efforts and resources for flood victims


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), founded a century ago on the premise of helping rural Iowans weather the challenges of farming, is donating $35,000 for flood relief efforts to help manage the immediate needs of Missouri River flood victims.