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Trump celebrates E15 changes in Iowa

6/17/2019

Farmer says year-round E15 sales are a big plus, but oil refinery waivers dampen potential demand for ethanol.

Managing farm stress

6/17/2019

The IFBF Economic Summit will explore ways to spot signs of extreme stress and tools to cope with it.

Making a tech investment in rural Iowa

6/10/2019

Companies offer scholarships to build technology skills for students around Jefferson.

Bringing young people back to the farm

6/10/2019

By adding hog barns, Schyler Bardole was able to return to his family’s sixth-generation Greene County farm.

Rain doesn’t dampen tenacity of rural Iowans

6/3/2019

Farmers have been overcome by flooding and ongoing rains, and with one in five jobs tied to agriculture in the state, other businesses are feeling the impact, too. Hamburg, in particular, has been hammered. Heavy rains in Iowa and Nebraska once again threaten the small town, as the Missouri and Nishnabotna continue to rise.

Prestage plant delivering on economic gains

6/3/2019

A feature article last week in the Des Moines Register highlighted the economic boom in north central Iowa propelled by the new Prestage Food pork plant near Eagle Grove. An interesting read, but not surprising.

On the lookout for troubling signals

6/3/2019

As financial stress takes a toll on farmers’ mental health, it’s important to look for signs of a pending crisis.

Proposed hydroponic tomatoes facility could bring 50 jobs to Mason City

6/3/2019

Mayor Bill Schickel announced on Facebook in his "Monday Minute," that Bushel Boy, based out of Owatonna, Minnesota, is proposing to build a $35 million facility in the city's industrial park south of 43rd Street Southwest and east of Pierce Avenue.

A slow road to recovery

5/28/2019

Farmers and businesses in southwest Iowa work to rebuild after historic flooding.

Reynolds signs bills to aid young farmers

5/28/2019

The Farm Bureau-supported bills will help young farmers get a foothold in Iowa agriculture.

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