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Hemp production blossoms in Oregon

7/22/2019

Oregon grower sees vast growth potential for hemp products but says the emerging industry also poses significant risks for farmers.

USDA announces record levels of "Farm to School" grant funding

7/16/2019

This year marks an all-time high of funding and projects in the program, with grants supporting 126 selected projects across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

An intense local food culture

7/15/2019

Iowa Farm Bureau county presidents, on a visit to Oregon, see the advantages and the pitfalls of farming in a urban-dominated state with a strong local food culture.

How you can protect your farm operation: debt reduction, food transparency, and more in our Economic Summit recap | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 17

7/15/2019

Debt reduction, food transparency, crop insurance, hemp, and more. Whether you attended the Economic Summit or not, here's a little more from our speakers.

Little farmers

7/5/2019

Children learn what it takes to manage a working farm at Center Grove Orchard's summer camps.

Market volatility, trade uncertainty, risk management and new opportunities top discussion at Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit

7/1/2019

More than 200 farmers gathered in downtown Des Moines for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Economic Summit to gain valuable market insight and opportunities to manage risk and find profit opportunities as farmers struggle through the sixth year of a downturned ag economy.

Proceed with caution on hemp

7/1/2019

Newly approved crop brings excitement for Iowa growers looking for alternative income sources, but also comes with a number of potential pitfalls.

Aquaculture is farming

6/27/2019

Aquaculture is defined as the breeding, rearing and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water environments. The two types of aquaculture are marine, farming species in the ocean, and freshwater, farming species in freshwaters.

IFBF webinar on July 18 to explore ways  to deal with emotional stress on the farm

6/24/2019

The farm economy of the last few years has been difficult and destructive for farm families. The economic downturn doesn’t just affect the financial and emotional well-being of farmers, it can also raise emotional stress for the entire family.

2019 IFBF Economic Summit  to explore hemp opportunity

6/10/2019

With prices of corn and soybeans in a long-term slump, many Iowa farmers are exploring alternatives, such as growing industrial hemp

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