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Iowa's first 'agrihood' promises country living on edge of Des Moines


The agrihood would bring what amounts to a small town to about 400 acres, with an organic vegetable farm, vineyard, orchard and residential gardens anchoring a massive housing and retail development.

Getting off to a good start


Young Adair County couple are staking a claim in Iowa agriculture.

A call for Century, Heritage Farm applications


For Iowa farm families celebrating milestones, it’s time to apply for Century and Heritage Farm designations.

IFBF launches Grow Your Future award


The new award will showcase innovation in Iowa farm operations and celebrate young farmer entrepreneurs.

Secretary Naig announces availability of grants to support specialty crops


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is now accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.

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 Farmers Market Association to hold 21st annual winter workshop


The 21st Annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church at 3010 52nd Street in Des Moines.

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.

Government to reopen for three weeks


President Donald Trump and Congress late last week agreed to a reopen the federal government temporarily while they negotiate border security.

Iowa company takes AFBF innovation award


Ames-based FarmlandFinder overtakes three other teams in live-pitch competition.