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Farm groups rally behind Trump nominee for ag secretary

1/23/2017

Perdue, former governor of Georgia, has a farm background, has worked as a veterinarian and has a reputation as a trade advocate.

Next Renew Rural Iowa Session Jan. 31

1/23/2017

Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa will hold a free business success seminar on Jan. 31 in Burlington

Hill: Grassroots input to drive Legacy Planning effort

1/23/2017

The Iowa Farm Bureau Feder­ation’s (IFBF) Legacy Planning initiative was launched last year as a grassroots-based effort to help develop a strategic plan for the organization that will be set to launch beginning in 2018.

Iowa: A nationally-recognized pioneer in rural entrepreneurship

1/17/2017

Corn, soybeans, pigs, and ethanol; if you live in Iowa, you probably know that our state leads the nation in producing these (and other) farm commodities. But you might not realize that Iowa is quickly becoming a nationally-recognized leader in churning out another important product: rural entrepreneurs.

IFBF earns the top AFBF honor for the fourth consecutive year

1/16/2017

The Iowa Farm Bureau Fed­eration (IFBF) received several honors last week during the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) annual convention in Phoenix, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award, the highest level of recognition presented to a state Farm Bureau.

Optimism is sprouting in farm country

1/16/2017

To an outside observer, there doesn’t seem to be many reasons for optimism these days in American agriculture.

It’s time for farmers to take back the definition of sustainability

1/16/2017

The term “sustainability” is all the rage in food marketing today. Sustainability reports are front and center on every grocery and restaurant chain website

IFBF’s Renew Rural Iowa earns national recognition

1/16/2017

Iowa’s rural entrepreneurship environment, paced by the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program, is gaining a strong reputation nationwide

Duvall: New political climate offers opportunities for ag

1/16/2017

By working together and presenting a unified voice to lawmakers, regulators and others, Farm Bureau members from all over the United States can make real progress on many key issues

Iowa recognized as rural entrepreneurship leader at national Ag Investment Summit

1/13/2017

American Farm Bureau’s inaugural Agricultural Investment Summit featured a handful of Iowa startups and tip of the cap to Renew Rural Iowa, a ten-year-old Iowa Farm Bureau program that has mentored 3,000-plus Iowans and has had more than a $125 million economic impact on rural Iowa.

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