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The scoop on poop: how Iowa farmers manage manure responsibly


I found it lurking behind the air conditioner in our back yard; was it evidence that the wayward cougar spotted weeks ago in Des Moines was still around?

If you care about natural, then choose real meat and dairy


If you’re like me, and you’re short on time but want to fuel your body with healthy foods, then keep your meals and snacks simple. Focus on adding more whole foods – like lean beef, eggs and milk – in your diet and fewer ultraprocessed foods.

Rain doesn’t dampen tenacity of rural Iowans


Farmers have been overcome by flooding and ongoing rains, and with one in five jobs tied to agriculture in the state, other businesses are feeling the impact, too. Hamburg, in particular, has been hammered. Heavy rains in Iowa and Nebraska once again threaten the small town, as the Missouri and Nishnabotna continue to rise.

 Okoboji is a destination for boaters, skiers and great water quality


And thanks to efforts from locals—including farmers—the water this year is ready to enjoy.

Inspiring flood relief efforts are leaving a lasting mark


While Iowa farmers recover from $2 billion in economic losses from spring flooding and face uncertainty around planting a 2019 crop in their flood ravaged fields, the character of Iowa farmers shines through the flood waters with stories of neighbors and communities rallying to support each other.

What’s the most environmentally friendly diet? One that includes beef


Livestock agriculture’s role in environmental and food sustainability is more complex than activists and social media influencers would have us believe, say animal science and nutrition experts.

How FFA is training youth to understand “sustainability” in agriculture and rural Iowa


I guarantee if you sat in on one of their conversations about agriculture sustainability, you too would be impressed.

Planting Hope: A Master Gardener’s tips for tree planting


Here are three basic rules Laurie Johns learned this past year, while studying to become a Master Gardener.

Iowa Cover Crops: Answers to 8 Common Questions


Cover crops are relatively new to most of Iowa’s landscape, so (naturally) Iowans have lots of questions. We’ve answered some of the most commonly Googled questions about cover crops with help from some Iowa experts.

Signs of hope: Why monarch butterflies are important to Iowa


The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, launched in 2015, is a community-led initiative with a goal to enhance monarch habitat in the state through collaborative efforts of farmers, citizens and organizations.