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Iowa Farm Bureau-mentored entrepreneurs shine on IPTV series "Iowa Entrepreneur"

5/24/2017

Sukup Manufacturing Company, a family-owned worldwide grain bin manufacturer and former Iowa Farm Bureau RRIA Entrepreneur Award recipient, will be featured on during the May 26 episode of Iowa Entrepreneur.

Continued low prices weaken financial stability of farmers

5/22/2017

With the agricultural downturn persisting into its fourth year, many Iowa farmers will need to become more proactive about working with lenders and others to address their long-term financial situations

Trump begins NAFTA renegotiation

5/22/2017

Crop and livestock groups urged the Trump administration to protect farm exports last week as the administration officially launched efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.

USDA reorganized, Northey expected to get a top posting

5/15/2017

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week announ­ced a far-reaching reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), creating new offices for ag production and conservation that will be the department’s primary point of contact with farmers and an office for trade.

Iowa farmland prices show a slight rise

5/15/2017

Farmland prices in Iowa rose 1 percent during the first quarter of 2017 and were up 2 percent in the 12 months ending in March

Iowa's craft beer industry continues to grow, industry experts weigh in on the potential 'brewery bubble'

5/15/2017

A 2014 economic impact survey showed Iowa’s craft beer industry was projected to triple production by 2019 — from about 41,000 barrels per year to 146,000. That’s a more than 500 percent increase.

Perdue pledges support for trade and biofuels during Iowa visit

5/8/2017

Sonny Perdue won over Iowa farmers with an enthusiastic speech pledging strong support for trade and renewable fuels last week during his first visit to the state since becoming U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Century Farm applications are due by June 1

5/8/2017

Iowa farm families have until June 1 to apply for 2017 Century and Heritage Farm awards.

Farmer’s invention helps ensure consistent seed depth

5/8/2017

Ten acres was all it took to affirm Doug Sorensen’s thoughts about the value of the Furrow Brow, his homemade invention to keep mud from building up on planter depth gauge wheels.

Take Root sessions set in Iowa, Crawford and Madison counties

5/8/2017

Transitioning the family farm from one generation to another can be an emotionally charged and complex issue.

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