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Soybean farmers pledge support to Mississippi River dredging

7/18/2019

The United Soybean Board recently pledged $2 million to deepening the lower Mississippi River.

U.S. ethanol exports continue to rise

7/8/2019

Overseas sales are becoming more important to the ethanol industry as domestic inventories of the biofuel grow.

Market volatility, trade uncertainty, risk management and new opportunities top discussion at Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit

7/1/2019

More than 200 farmers gathered in downtown Des Moines for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Economic Summit to gain valuable market insight and opportunities to manage risk and find profit opportunities as farmers struggle through the sixth year of a downturned ag economy.

Pushing for USMCA passage

6/17/2019

More than 900 farm groups urge congressional leaders to swiftly pass the new North American trade deal.

Tyson rolls out plant-based products

6/17/2019

New products include a plant-based nugget and a blended beef and plant burger.

It’s going to be a sweaty year in Iowa farming

6/10/2019

No matter what the long-term temperature forecast, a sweaty summer is practically guaranteed for Iowa farmers

Charles City chicken plant closing

6/10/2019

The shutdown will impact area farmers and leave 513 employees looking for work.

Lawmakers criticize tariffs on Mexico

6/3/2019

The Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs over immigration issues could hurt exports and dim prospects for passage of the USMCA.

Blockchain, hemp, crop insurance, and more learning opportunities at Farm Bureau's Economic Summit: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 14

6/3/2019

In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau's senior economist previews the learning opportunities for farmers at Farm Bureau's Economic Summit, June 28 in Des Moines, including sessions on blockchain technology, crop insurance, industrial hemp, trade, farm lending, and more.

Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit to feature national experts on trade

5/29/2019

With critical trade deals awaiting congressional approval and negotiations with China evolving constantly, the future for many Iowa farmers is uncertain as they look for proactive ways to generate income and manage risk.

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