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Range of topics on tap at IFBF Annual Meeting


A half dozen educational seminars at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) 2019 annual meeting will touch on a number of key topics

Growing holiday memories


Northern Iowa's Fisher Trees introduces a new generation to the joys of holiday decorating with real, locally grown Christmas trees.

Hemp rules on the horizon


Iowa ag officials hustle to get rules for growing industrial hemp ready for the 2020 season.

Iowa's hemp program is now under development


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is drafting administrative rules that will be released for public comment in the coming weeks.

USDA establishes domestic hemp production program


This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.?

The secret to growing Iowa’s biggest pumpkin


He pollinates them by hand, combining traits from winning pumpkins to get the best seeds. A variation of his seed work is now used all over the world.

Produce food safety courses in Iowa: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020


ISU Extension and Outreach will host eleven Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings from November 2019 through March 2020. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). Each class will be led by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists.

Farming by moonlight


Algona pumpkin and vegetable growers say this year's challenging growing season reinforced the importance of being flexible and drawing on the knowledge of experienced neighbors.

It may not be Iowa chestnuts roasting over the open fire this year


It may be harvest season, but Iowa’s chestnut trees don’t have much to offer as a year of wet weather decimated the crop.

Naig encourages Iowans to visit Fall farm attractions


To locate an agri-tourism location near you, visit the all-new Choose Iowa website here. An interactive map allows you to quickly search for orchards or pumpkin patches in your area.