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Taxpayer protection, bolstering the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program, and water quality and soil conservation are among 2019 legislative priorities for Iowa Farm Bureau


Members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa’s largest grassroots farm organization, will focus their 2019 legislative lobbying strength on issues most important to members, including enhancing the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program, water quality and soil conservation, and taxpayer protection.

Legislative priorities and consumer meat trends: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 4


In this episode, Spokesman editor Dirck Steimel sits down with Iowa Farm Bureau’s Director of Government Relations to hear about Farm Bureau’s priority issues for the 2019 Iowa legislative session. Also, podcast host Laurie Johns interviews the CEOs of Fareway and the Iowa Restaurant Association about the trends they’re seeing in Iowa consumers’ meat purchasing and consumption habits.

Take “antibiotics” off your worry list in 2019


As a first-time mom, I've got plenty to worry about. Antibiotic use in livestock though doesn't make the list.

What foods are on the keto diet? More than avocados and “fat bombs”


I must belong to a target audience for fitness and weight loss, because I keep seeing ads online for diets promising to lose weight fast and easily.

Tips for managing farm stress from farmer/psychologist Dr. Mike Rosmann: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 3


Depression, anxiety, suicide - these are tough topics, but it's important that we talk about them, especially as farmers face the pressures of a downturned agricultural economy. In this episode, podcast host Laurie Johns sits down with Iowa farmer and psychologist Dr. Mike Rosmann to talk about ways farmers and their loved ones can recognize and respond to signs of stress in themselves and others.

Iowa Minute: Celebrating 100 Years of Grassroots Strength


We're wrapping up our centennial with a look back at what has made Iowa Farm Bureau a strong grassroots organization.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation statement on 2018 Farm Bill


We are thankful to now have a comprehensive farm bill in place, with strong provisions supporting agriculture, including the reauthorization of critical crop insurance programs, environmental stewardship programs, and Title One provisions that are key to sustainable family farms.

A look back – and a look forward – as we close Iowa Farm Bureau’s centennial year


As Iowa Farm Bureau's centennial year wraps up, we look back at the past year's celebration - and forward to what's ahead.

Let’s give farmers a chance to do right


I think we all need to give each other a chance to prove we mean what we say and more should trust our best nature.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson: From small Iowa farm to outer space | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 2


In this episode, we hear about China, Japan, Europe and other trade markets from the Trump administration’s Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Gregg Doud, and Paul Clayton of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Also, podcast host Laurie Johns sits down with former NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson to talk about Whitson's inspiring journey from a small family farm in Ringgold County, Iowa to NASA and outer space - where she still holds multiple records, including most total days in space by an American.