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Iowa farmland prices show slight gain

3/27/2017

Iowa farmland values climbed just under 1 percent during the past six months, ending a three-year slide that saw values plummet nearly 30 percent from their peak in 2013, according to a new survey released last week by the Iowa Realtors Land Institute.

Family farms face tough challenges, ISU economist tells House committee

3/27/2017

John Lawrence outlines the need for federal funding for agricultural research and extension to keep U.S. family farms competitive in the world market.

Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa program partners with Iowa State University Research Park's Ag Startup Engine

3/27/2017

Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa (RRIA), a statewide economic development initiative done in partnership with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Finance Corp., and CIPCO, has teamed up with the Ag Startup Engine (ASE) at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park to bring education, mentoring, and financing resources to young Iowa entrepreneurs.

No, really, Iowa’s farms are almost entirely family-owned

3/21/2017

Much of our food is grown and raised on farms by families.

Americans Say Agriculture is Sustainable, Favor Incentives Over Regs

3/21/2017

Sustainability: From the notion of a modern farm or ranch being economically able to sustain a family, to the idea of working with the land in a manner that supports food and fiber production for future generations, the word means different things to different people. Even in agricultural circles, definitions of sustainability run far afield, from the environment to economics.

NW Iowa high school program sets students on the path to jobs

3/13/2017

Agricultural products like feed bunks, livestock gates and equipment parts are some of the most visible things coming out of the student-run Rocket Manufacturing program at Rock Valley High School.

Now the world knows: Agriculture makes Iowa a great place to live

3/13/2017

Being a lifelong Iowan and a farmer’s daughter, I admit I’m a little biased about our great state.

Rural America hopeful about Trump infrastructure focus

3/13/2017

Rural America is hopeful that President Donald Trump’s promised infrastructure improvements begin with the rural roads that helped carry him to the White House.

ISU grad reaches halfway point in 50-state farm road trip

3/13/2017

When Natalina Sents graduated from Iowa State University (ISU) last May, she decided to follow her dream of taking a year off to travel all 50 states.

Renew Rural Iowa: The Journey to Your Vision Seminar - Harlan, Iowa

3/9/2017

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level?

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