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Why ethanol is even better than we previously thought | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 67


In this episode, Emily Skor (CEO of Growth Energy) shares why ethanol’s benefits are even better than we previously thought (following a new study by researchers at Harvard and other universities). And Kasey Engel (a regional crop consultant for Farm Bureau Financial Services) provides crop farmers with useful insights to consider as they make their spring 2021 crop insurance decisions. (Western Agriculture Insurance Company is an equal opportunity provider.)

Chris Norton documentary debuts on streaming channels


Iowa native Chris Norton is having his inspiring story released in a new documentary: 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story.

Nominations now open to recognize the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year


Nominations are now being sought to recognize the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 69th year this prestigious honor has been awarded to celebrate Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation statement on developing Iowa biofuels standard


"The Iowa Farm Bureau applauds Governor Reynolds’ efforts to set a biofuels standard in Iowa. By raising the floor for biofuel blends and increasing the percentage of ethanol and biodiesel sold in Iowa, we can create growth opportunities in renewable fuels for our rural communities and farmers."

Exploring consumer trends and trust research | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 66


This episode features consumer trends and trust research insights from a renowned researcher who advises major food and farming brands like Costco, Chick-fil-a, Corteva and Farm Bureau: Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity. It also features a conversation with Iowa Farm Bureau Conservation and Natural Resources Policy Advisor Rick Robinson, about an under-the-radar federal proposal that could have cut some farmers' access to conservation cost share funding and even crop insurance, if Farm Bureau hadn't stepped in to challenge it.

Iowa Farm Bureau announces statewide winners in the "Fill Your Freezer" contest


For some Iowans, the decision to serve their family real meat is based on its unique ability to strengthen their immune systems, and for others, it’s the nutritional value and health benefits found exclusively in animal protein.

Iowa Farm Bureau's 'Grow Your Future Award' winners announced during virtual Young Farmer Conference


James Holz and Bill Frederick of Greene County, the entrepreneurs behind Iowa Cover Crop, took home $7,500 as the first-place winners of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) second annual Grow Your Future Award, held Jan. 30, during the 2021 virtual Young Farmer Conference.

Farmers are doing their part to slow climate change


Agriculture’s success is a very encouraging story as the world works to reduce GHG emissions.

How the "Millennial Farmer" (Zach Johnson) became a YouTube sensation | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 65


This episode features an in-depth conversation with Zach Johnson (the Minnesota farmer who's known to his 700,000-plus YouTube subscribers as the "Millennial Farmer"). The episode also includes discussions about Iowa's impact on national public policy (with Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill) and a new program to assist livestock farmers who were impacted by last year's derecho (with Brian Waddingham of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers).

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders advance policy supporting Iowa crop and livestock farmers at 102nd virtual American Farm Bureau Annual Convention


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) voting delegates virtually joined delegates representing all 50 state Farm Bureaus this week during the 102nd American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention to approve resolutions that will guide the grassroots organization on national policy throughout 2021.