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Iowa's fluffy cows: Your questions answered


What breed is it? What's its name? CAN I HUG IT? Learn about Iowa's famous fluffy cow (it's actually a bull), "Texas Tornado," and how it's so adorably fluffy.

America needs food — and farmers


One thing is for sure, Americans and Iowans need food, and we certainly need the farmers who raise and grow our food now more than ever.

Stop the food shaming: Why there isn’t one “right” way to eat healthy


Healthy eating isn’t about eliminating food choices. It’s about eating a wide variety of foods...

To meet 2050 global demands, we need new technology, research and open minds


How will farmers, not just in Iowa but around the world, be able to keep up with a growing population?

10 billion people in 2050? We’re going to need more food and a lot less waste


If food waste was a country, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says it would be the third largest global greenhouse gas emitter.

What will the future of food look like? How farmers are taking on the challenge of feeding the world – and how you can help


If you want to do your part to combat climate change, ignore the food labels that marketing use to get you to buy their product. Instead, you can help reduce food waste by making a meal plan, buying what you need, using up what food you already have on hand, eating leftovers and giving away any food you don’t plan on using to a local food pantry.

"America Needs Farmers" still rings true with today's farming challenges


At a time when farmers face a slew of challenges from weather, trade, low prices in commodity markets and other “uncontrollables,” the sentiment of “America Needs Farmers” still rings true today.

Why America needs more locally-grown (and globally-sustainable) food


Former Iowa Hawkeye star Matt Kroul grows conventional corn and soybeans and raises cattle on his family’s 150-year-old eastern Iowa farm. He also grows pumpkins and “vegetables from A to Z,” and he’s part of a community supported agriculture (CSA) exchange that allows locals to buy seasonal produce from his farm. He’s your "typical" Iowa farmer...

Share the good news: Why meat isn’t bad for you


Think back to your last meal: How many servings of meat did you eat, on average, per day? Honestly, do you know how big a serving size of meat is?

Pork is an excellent source of protein


if you’re a meat eater, pork is a great real meat choice-- not just during October Pork Month, but every day.