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What Changes Are in the New Stimulus Bill That Affect Farmers?


There were many items in this legislation that affected farmers. There were changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance grants, and Employee Retention Credit (ERC), as well as, additions or extensions to other Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs.

Grow Your Future Finalists to compete at IFBF Young Farmer Conference


Six ag-related businesses will participate in a live pitch-off

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders advance policy supporting Iowa crop and livestock farmers at 102nd virtual American Farm Bureau Annual Convention


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) voting delegates virtually joined delegates representing all 50 state Farm Bureaus this week during the 102nd American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention to approve resolutions that will guide the grassroots organization on national policy throughout 2021.

Iowa Farm Bureau $2,500 renewable scholarship applications due Feb. 26


It’s not too late to apply for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) $2,500 scholarship, awarded to 27 eligible Iowa high school seniors and renewable for four years (up to $10,000).

DOT Commission approves federal trails program allocations


$1,338,337 in total funding for seven projects allocated.

Broadband essential for  rural Iowa's economy


Farmers, manufacturers and others increasingly rely on reliable, high-speed internet.

Poll: COVID adversely impacts rural mental health


A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health

Previewing Iowa Farm Bureau's 2021 legislative priorities and Economic Summit Webinar Series | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 64


This episode features a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 state legislative priorities (with State Policy Advisor Matt Steinfeldt) and a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s upcoming Economic Summit Webinar Series (with Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk).

The story behind the chop


Young farmer gets his start by selling pork directly to customers

Bondurant quilt shop honored


It’s been said, “In the quilt of life, friends are the stitches that hold it together.”