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New conservation field days announced the week of 1/24


There is one upcoming conservation field day under our Field Days & Events tab.

Is eating meat sustainable?


While there’s nothing wrong with adding plant-based foods to your meals—in fact, you should eat fruits and veggies!— there is also no shame or guilt necessary for also eating meat.

Deadline extended for Iowa farmers to earn crop insurance discounts with cover crops


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has extended the deadline for farmers who planted fall cover crops to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums to Jan. 31.

Prairie strips eligible for conservation programs


Under the new farm program, growers will be able to earn federal conservation payments for installing prairie strips on their land.

Online soil health course  offered


Iowa’s rich soil makes the state a leader in agricultural production.

Iowa Minute: Upcycling is a key sustainable farming practice for livestock farmers


Livestock can convert inedible plant waste like corn stalk residue and soy hulls into protein-rich food for humans like meat and dairy through upcycling.

Property taxpayer protection, rural food animal veterinarians, and water quality and soil conservation are among 2020 legislative priorities for Iowa Farm Bureau


Members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa’s largest grassroots farm organization, will focus their 2020 legislative lobbying strength on issues most important to members, including protecting property taxpayers.

Iowa Farm Bureau's legislative priorities in 2020 | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 30


January 13 marks the beginning of Iowa’s 2020 legislative session, and this episode features a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s legislative priorities in 2020, along with an update (from Iowa DNR Water Quality Resource Coordinator Adam Schnieders) on the significant progress that’s being made on one evergreen priority: protecting and improving Iowa’s water quality.

The Roaring 2020s: A decade of optimism for food and farming


It’s going to be a tremendous decade of progress, not only for Iowa farmers but for all of us who want to make strides toward protecting our natural resources, improving the quality of our food and providing farm animals with the best care possible.

Gearing up for 2020 legislative session


Farm Bureau to focus on property taxes, mental health funding and other key issues when the session opens Jan. 13.