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No BS: The truth about how farmers are improving sustainability


Unfortunately, there are a lot of cow patties to step around when it comes to misinformation about agriculture and how our food is grown and raised.

What are the steps of harvesting?


What exactly is harvest season, and what do farmers do before and after? Learn about harvest from a local Iowa farm family.

Why Americans are more positive about farming than any other business sector


A recent Gallup poll tracking Americans’ views of business and industry sectors caught my attention when it concluded “farming and agriculture is the clear leader” in positive public sentiment – for the first time in the poll’s 20-year history.

What are the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions?


Everyone has a part to play in promoting a sustainable planet. For the family farms I work with, sustainability is a top goal.

Standing tall in a terrible windstorm


Satellite imagery showed the storm significantly impacted about one-quarter of Iowa’s corn acres, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The storm path trekked across 57 of the state’s counties from border to border with the most severe impact occurring on 3.8 million acres of corn and 2.5 million acres of soybeans in 36 counties, the agency said.

Are you cooking more at home? Tips for getting healthy meals on the table fast


Tips on meal prepping and stretching your grocery budget.

Burger King serves up a whopper with its reduced methane cow commercial


That was fast. Only a week in and Burger King has already promised to alter a wacky marketing campaign it started to promote an unproven hypothesis to address an issue that it wildly overstates.

4 stats that prove Iowa’s water quality progress


Are we making clear and significant strides? Definitely, and we have the numbers to prove it!

How do I grill meat and chicken safely in the summer?


As we enjoy our favorite summer foods, remember to ensure it's cooked safely and handled properly to prevent food-borne illness.

Enjoy safe, healthy foods at Iowa’s farmers markets


As our state resumes business after the COVID-19 shutdowns this spring, one of the first places that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds allowed to reopen was the local farmers markets.