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Soil health data business earns Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award for promoting global sustainability


Continuum Ag has turned data lurking beneath a farm ground’s surface into practical decision-making tools to help farmers improve their land, increase productivity and protect the environment.

A shot at normal


The widespread administration of vaccines is helping the U.S. turn the corner in the battle against COVID-19.

Iowa wine is a real thing, with more than 100 wineries and an annual best wine competition


Iowa might not be the first state that comes to mind as a winemaking region, but its wineries and the Iowa Wine Growers Association are challenging that notion.

Just a click away


ChopLocal makes online meat shopping easy

A passion for quality meats


Two brothers open their own butcher shop in Waukee

Celebrating ‘opportunity’ during National Ag Week


Agriculture is an expansive area of opportunity in our state, given 20 percent of the state’s workforce is involved in this industry, an impressive number worthy of celebration during National Ag Week, March 21-27

Dispelling Misinformation about the COVID19 Vaccine


Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical. COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

Direct from the farm


Brothers team up to sell Iowa-raised meat directly to consumers in one of Iowa's fastest growing suburbs.

Signals of hope after a tough year


From today’s vantage point, a year after the pandemic rocked Iowa agriculture, it’s been heartening to see how livestock farmers and others in the agriculture have adjusted.

Iowa land prices surge higher


Demand for farmland strong in early 2021 as farmers see the best corn and soybean prices in several years.