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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.

Plenty of pigs on farms and meat shortages at the grocery store – how does that happen?


Meat comes from the farm, so recent meat shortages at your local grocery store must be caused by problems on the farm, right? False!

How does coronavirus impact your food?


No question, our lives and routines have changed within the span of a few weeks, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than how we choose to fill our grocery carts, fridges and pantries.

Thanks to the heroes who provide safe, nutritious food


Thank you to our local heroes in schools, fields, and everywhere for keeping us fed and safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Meat: The perfect brain food


Research shows animal-based proteins like meat, dairy and eggs help our brains function.

Sneaky diet culture: How food labels can be misleading


Diet culture isn't about health. It's about making money.

Are there antibiotics in meat and poultry? Why farmers use antibiotics to treat animals


USDA testing ensures that meat and poultry are free of antibiotic residue, and farmers cannot use medically important antibiotics to "fatten" livestock.

How agriculture will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next five years


In 2019, a group of university researchers and other experts representing government, agriculture and environmental organizations concluded that agriculture is on a trajectory to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 50%.

Is eating meat sustainable?


While there’s nothing wrong with adding plant-based foods to your meals—in fact, you should eat fruits and veggies!— there is also no shame or guilt necessary for also eating meat.