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Organic, natural, or conventional: so many choices for new parents


A few weeks ago, my daughter came down with a nasty case of eczema after getting sick from a cold. I searched the baby aisle of Target, trying to find anything to stop the itching and make her more comfortable. I discovered that there are “natural” or “organic” versions of nearly every baby product you can imagine – from diapers to baby wipes, shampoos to cold medicines, rice cereal to baby food.

New survey shows Iowans trust farmers when it comes to food safety, caring for environment, livestock (Infographic)


Fewer Iowans are paying attention to food labels when they buy their groceries this year (76%) than last year (82%), according to the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index®. While Iowans’ interest in labels like “raised organically” (29% in 2015, 19% in 2016) and “raised locally” (40% in 2015, 28% in 2016) yo-yos, taste and price remain the dominant and consistent factors driving both meat and dairy product selections of Iowa grocery shoppers.

View the Presidential Candidates' Positions on Agricultural Issues


FBNews, the online/digital newsletter of American Farm Bureau, has begun posting responses from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most.

Farm families don’t need to face tough times alone, says young farmer chair


With the current plunge in corn prices, young farmers just starting out are struggling with greater financial risk as they harvest an expected record-large crop this fall.

IFBF Ag Leaders urge lawmakers to push for trade expansion


New trade opportunities are essential to give farm income a much-needed boost at a time when crop prices are below the cost of production, members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Ag Leaders Institute told lawmakers last week in Washington, D.C.

Iowa Farm Bureau offers to pay for the defense of farmers, rural Iowans in the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) have offered to underwrite the legal costs for the defense of the drainage districts targeted in the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) lawsuit so the northwest Iowa drainage districts, farmers and rural citizens can focus on defending the lawsuit without the impossible task of covering the cost of a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

Americans’ great deal on food is getting even better


As the weather cools and we head into autumn, food is top of mind for Americans. Folks will get out the slow cooker to prepare savory roasts and stews for cooler fall nights. They’ll simmer up the perfect chili to tailgate at the big football game. And, of course, it won’t be long until it’s time to plan for the bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

Prioritizing water quality improvement, animal disease mitigation, and property rights protection top discussions at 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Summer Policy Conference


The voting delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest general farm organization, met in West Des Moines this week to develop policy direction on issues important to farmers and all Iowans.

Agriculture is key to learning


Schools are back in session and students are hitting the books! We all want to see our kids succeed, and a solid foundation in subjects like reading, math, science, and social studies leads to that success. Regardless of the subject, kids connect to learning so much better when it is relevant to them and their lives.

Iowa Farm Bureau names Senator Charles Grassley Friend of Agriculture


The Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC), has designated Senator Chuck Grassley as a ‘Friend of Agriculture’ for the 2016 general election.