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Iowa shoppers trust farmers to care for animals, environment

9/26/2016

Iowa grocery shoppers place trust in Iowa farmers, with 66 percent placing a great deal of trust in them, according to the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index® conducted in late summer.

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

9/26/2016

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.

Concern over CRP contracts spurs inquiry by lawmakers

9/26/2016

Iowa farmers weary of seeing productive farmland idled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) have caught the attention of Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

Iowans chances of hitting a deer move down slightly, but collisions still common

9/26/2016

Iowa remains one of the top states for vehicle-deer collisions, but is not quite as high as it was last year, according to a survey by State Farm Insurance.

Governor Branstad signs Harvest Weight proclamation

9/20/2016

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation takes effect tomorrow, September 20, 2016, and expires after 60 days.

As lawsuit idles, Iowa ag works to improve water

9/19/2016

You’ve got to wonder if Bill Stowe, the CEO of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW), and his board of directors are starting to have second thoughts about their lawsuit against drainage districts in northwest Iowa.

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

9/13/2016

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.

FB offers to pay costs to defend against DMWW lawsuit

9/12/2016

The Iowa Farm Bureau Fed­eration (IFBF), along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), last week offered to underwrite the legal costs for the defense of the drainage districts in northwest Iowa who are targeted in a lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) in case the lawsuit goes to trial.

Hill: It’s time to implement FB policy solutions

9/12/2016

Iowa Farm Bureau members continue to lead the way in developing sound policies to deal with the environmental, regulatory and economic challenges that farmers face today, according to Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) president.

Delegates say water quality funding must be a priority

9/12/2016

Long-term, dedicated funding for water quality and soil conservation must be a priority in the state’s budget, voting delegates representing Iowa’s 100 county Farm Bureaus said last week.

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