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The money-saving, economy-helping, environmentally-friendly choice at the pump

5/25/2018

If your family will be on the road this holiday weekend, and your vehicle allows for it, I encourage you to try a higher ethanol or biodiesel blend at the pump and feel good knowing you’re making an environmentally-friendly decision and supporting Iowa communities, and saving money while you’re at it.

A century of tractors

5/21/2018

John Deere celebrates 100 years of manufacturing tractors in Waterloo.

Hogs: economic superhero for rural Iowa

5/21/2018

In Iowa, hogs have been known as the legendary mortgage lifters because raising and selling pigs helped early settlers pay for their homesteads, establish their farms and build for the future.

Iowa cash rents rise for first time since 2013

5/21/2018

Cash rental rates for Iowa farmland increased for the first time since 2013,

Craft Beer Week highlights rural entrepreneurs and value-added agriculture

5/16/2018

In the past five years, the number of craft breweries in Iowa has increased a whopping 125 percent, mirroring national trends of rising consumer demand for craft or microbrews. And, with up to three pounds of hops needed for a keg of IPA brew, a growing number of Iowa farmers are jumping on that trend by diversifying their farms and growing hops.

Blazing a trail

5/14/2018

Iowa company develops self-driving tractors to help solve farm labor challenges.

Session addresses  Iowa Farm Bureau priority issues

5/14/2018

The 2018 Iowa legislative session approves tax reform, water quality funding and access to affordable health care.

Century Farm applications are due June 1

5/14/2018

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Century and Heritage Farm program is June 1.

Tariff battle would hurt farmers

5/14/2018

The Iowa Farm Bureau urges U.S. trade officials to resolve trade concerns with China without tariffs.

Trade tensions may be slowing soybean sales to China

5/7/2018

Uncertain trade climate may be prompting Chinese buyers to look for alternative sources, an ISU economist says.

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