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A dairy getaway


New Day Dairy in Butler County is set up to welcome overnight guests to their working farm.

Today’s crisis would be worse without Borlaug


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives, filled hospitals and caused plenty of upheaval around the world.

Meat Goats for Pasture, Profit and Personal Development webinar


The growing demand for goat meat in the U.S., and the associated strong prices for goats, have many farmers thinking about “getting into goats in a big way.”

Governor requests farmers’ help securing masks, other protective equipment


As we circle the wagons to battle COVID-19 here in Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds’ office is asking farmers and all Iowans to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to their local emergency management offices.

Legislature suspends session


The Iowa Legislature last week passed a resolution to suspend the legislative session for 30 days.

Working for Iowa agriculture


IFBF President Craig Hill outlines Farm Bureau’s actions to address the impact of the pandemic on agriculture.

Coronavirus exposes Iowa’s broadband weaknesses


The COVID-19 pandemic that is forcing employees to work from home and school children to seek online instruction is shining a bright light on Iowa’s broadband challenges and possibly spurring some accelerated action to address it.

Cancellations show need for broadband


The need for robust and reliable rural broadband internet services in Iowa and around the countryside was made crystal clear this month, as colleges, school districts and other institutions took drastic steps to re­­duce the potential spread of coronavirus.

USDA extends ReConnect broadband application deadline to March 31


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31.

Legislature sends county zoning and K-12 funding bills to governor


The Iowa Legislature moved several agriculture-related bills forward last week as it completed the eighth week of the 2020 legislative session.