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Iowa farmers are slammed  by flooding


Farmers scramble to move stored crops as water inundates parts of southwest Iowa. Disaster declared for 43 counties.

Feeding the Economy: Agricultural jobs by state


Today’s article, the first in a series delving into the study, reviews agriculture’s direct impact on the U.S. economy and provides a state-level overview of direct agricultural jobs.

Flooding swamps Iowa


Water covers roads and fields as snow melt and rainfall combine to saturate the state.

Trade uncertainty weighs on farmland values


Realtors survey shows farmland values down for fifth time in six years as low crop prices and trade disruption make buyers more cautious.

Developer proposes a 350-mile underground transmission line to carry wind energy from rural Iowa to Chicago


A development company wants to build a 349-mile underground transmission line that would carry renewable energy from wind-rich rural Iowa to high-demand eastern U.S. cities.

Public land acquisition bills introduced


The seventh week of the 2019 Iowa legislative session was busy with subcommittee and committee meetings before the first funnel deadline of March 8

Farm bill targets rural broadband


The new farm bill makes bridging the digital divide between rural and urban America a priority.

Axne outlines ag and rural priorities


Cindy Axne recently began her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa’s third district, which covers Des Moines, Council Bluffs and much of southwest Iowa.

Farm Bureau expands its eligibility for health plan


Farm Bureau members may see significant savings by enrolling in the Farm Bureau health plan.

2018 farm bill paves the way for rural infrastructure projects


Thanks to the 2018 farm bill and the administration’s commitment to strengthening rural America, we are well on our way to bridging the digital divide in our country and boosting our rural economy. Together, we can ensure that rural America is a place of great opportunity for all and a place our children and grandchildren will be proud to continue to call home.