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Foreign visitors impressed by the scale and sophistication of Iowa agriculture

6/26/2017

A group of international scholars who recently visited Iowa State University (ISU) as well as farms and agribusinesses were struck by the size, scale and technological sophistication of the state’s farming.

Yes, farming has changed – changed for the better

6/26/2017

What do you recall about the summers of your youth? When I think of the summer of 1978, I remember bean-walking with my “Girl Crew” at dawn, trying to get a field done before the mid-day heat found us.

There's More to the Story on Glyphosate & Cancer (As Ususal)

6/26/2017

By now you've likely heard or read about the recent debunking by Reuters of an international cancer agency's "finding" that glyphosate may have a link to one type of cancer, but there's more intrigue underlying the headlines. Learn more here.

Seed Mix for Monarchs and Bees Developed by Iowa State

6/22/2017

Determining the right mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees can be challenging. Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

Then versus now

6/20/2017

What do you recall about the summers of your youth? When I think of the summer of 1978, I remember bean walking with my ‘Girl Crew’ at dawn, trying to get a field done before the mid-day heat found us.

Monitoring corn’s nitrogen status for potential losses

6/19/2017

Much of Iowa had challenging planting windows for corn and soybeans this spring, with April and May being busy months for rainfall.

Smith family recognized for environmental stewardship efforts

6/19/2017

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named the Lynn Smith family of Nemaha as winners of the 2017 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program.

Farmers Urged to Comment by July 7 on Pyrethroids

6/16/2017

EPA is taking public comment on the draft ecological risk assessments for several pesticides, including several pyrethroid insecticides. The comment deadline is July 7. Iowa farmers are urged to participate.

Iowa Minute: Finding the best conservation practices for a farm requires collaboration

6/15/2017

Ankeny farmers Carol and Randy Miller discovered that a bioreactor was the best conservation practice for their farm - to help reduce nitrates in their watershed. But each farm is different, and finding the best conservation practices for a particular farm requires time and collaboration.

Conservation Starts with Farmers and Ranchers

6/13/2017

Miriam Horn, a speaker at AFBF’s Communications Conference last week, said in Newsline (June 8, 2017) that farmers and ranchers are the starting point of conservation and good stewardship.

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