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Reynolds signs hemp bill, IDALS developing regulations

5/20/2019

Industrial hemp production in Iowa moved a step closer last week as Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law passed by legislature

Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit features national trade, market and risk management experts to help farmers manage challenging times

5/15/2019

Flooding, volatile market swings, prevented planting, trade stalled—it seems this year more than ever before—the future is uncertain for many Iowa farmers.

State Ag Department working on rules for industrial hemp

5/15/2019

The governor’s signing of the bill that makes industrial hemp production legal has put the process in motion to create the rules for producers.

Iowa Farm Bureau sets Economic Summit for June 28

5/14/2019

The one-day session in Des Moines will offer insights and strategies for surviving agriculture's economic downturn.

Iowa governor signs law enabling industrial hemp production

5/14/2019

Iowa farmers will have the option of growing industrial hemp next year under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday.

Register with Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory

5/8/2019

Beekeepers and growers of specialty crops should list and update field and hive locations.

Farmers market season returns

5/6/2019

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market won’t return until May 25, but markets in Iowa City, Coralville and the Cedar Rapids market at Noelridge Park, Marion and elsewhere are beginning now.

Hemp rules expected by 2020

5/6/2019

Iowa agriculture officials hope to have an industrial hemp program approved

USDA accepting applications to help cover producers’ costs for organic certification

5/6/2019

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

See state-of-the-art intermodal transportation hub, an inside look at food ingredients and much more in Young Farmer tour

5/3/2019

2019 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour, Friday and Saturday June 21 & 22, 2019. Join other young farmers on fun & educational tours of ag sites in the Kansas City area! the registration deadline is later this month!

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