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Bringing physicians to rural Iowa

12/5/2016

Rural Iowa has an abundance of so many things: friendly people, wide open spaces or historic Main Streets, where one can shop in boutique businesses or enjoy a slice of pie so good it seems to stop time while you eat it. Sure, you can find all those things, and more; but too often, what you won’t find is a doctor.

Speaking up for farming is a priority for Ebert, 2016 Joslin award winner

12/5/2016

For Adam Ebert, giving back to the community and speaking out for Iowa farmers are a routine part of his day, like checking on his cattle or tucking his two kids into bed for the evening.

Enduring price slump starting to erode balance sheets

12/5/2016

With low commodity prices persisting through 2016 and few signs of a sharp rebound in 2017, cracks are beginning to show in the balance sheets of farmers in Iowa and other Midwest states,

Beginning farmer finances webinare Dec. 14

12/5/2016

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) will host a webinar about financial assistance options for beginning farmers at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Iowa ag companies win Venture awards

12/5/2016

The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) last week presented its Outstanding Business of the Year Iowa Venture Award to Iowa Fertilizer Co. of Wever.

Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa program marks 10 year milestone, celebrates $125 million in economic impact for rural Iowa

12/5/2016

The calendar may show this is the start of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) week, as proclaimed by Governor Terry Branstad, but the state’s largest grassroots farm organization has always believed that agriculture thrives, when rural Iowa thrives.

Farm Bureau: Your neighbor since 1918

12/5/2016

Imagine living in every Iowa community for 98 years (or longer), and you’ll understand why Farm Bureau devotes its energy and millions of dollars annually to the pillars that help support our entire state, from farm families and rural communities to students of all ages.

Lower livestock prices expected to push 2016 U.S. net farm income down sharply

12/5/2016

U.S. net farm income will fall more than 17 percent in 2016 to $66.9 billion as compared to 2015, the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) said last week.

NASS Surveys Have Direct Impact on Critical Farm Programs

11/30/2016

The NASS mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. When you receive one of the NASS questionnaires in the mail, please consider responding. Help accurately measure and portray the significant impact of agriculture.

Two Iowans enter Equipment Hall of Fame

11/28/2016

Two leaders in Iowa agricultural equipment manufacturing, Ray Hagie of Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion and Robert Vermeer of Vermeer Co. in Pella, were inducted last week into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame.

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