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Be good to your heart, and eat beef


It is true that most of us aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. Yet that doesn’t mean we should give up meat if we want to eat healthier.

Cow farts, climate change and what really stinks about celebrity diet advice


Just when you think you have things figured out, new information comes forward and proves you were wrong. Maybe it all comes down to where you started your search for answers.

Forecasting the grain markets and discussing GMO misconceptions: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 6


In this episode, we hear a grain market forecast from Iowa State University economist Dr. Chad Hart and discuss the consequences of GMO misconceptions with University of California, Davis researcher Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation hires Dr. Sam Funk to lead research important to Iowa agriculture


Dr. Funk is responsible for serving IFBF’s statewide membership by conducting original research and economic analysis on agricultural issues.

Super Bowl ad shows need for education, not outrage


A feeling of dread set in as soon as I saw the words “corn syrup” emblazoned on a massive wooden barrel as one of Bud Light’s numerous Super Bowl commercials flashed on my TV screen.

Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa honors north central Iowa business that teaches art around the world


A Mitchell County couple credited with making education curriculum just a ‘click away’ for art teachers around the nation are the recipients of Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award.

Iowa Farm Bureau's new community resources manager continues organization's history of philanthropy


Ronnette Vondrak will be responsible for managing IFBF's charitable contributions

Iowa Minute: Complete protein means meat's back on the menu


Fruits and veggies are important, but if you skip out on meat you're missing essential amino acids and not getting complete, high-quality protein in your diet.

Historically cold weather puts farmers’ commitment to animal care and water quality on display


In the past 24 hours, it seems like every outside-the-home activity in Iowa has been cancelled – classes, businesses, and even the U.S. Mail. Everything – except for a cover crop workshop in Ankeny last night and the round-the-clock livestock care I’m seeing all over social media.

Farm Bureau expands eligibility for health plan


The Farm Bureau Health Plan is now also available to Iowans who are covered by their employer's health plan.