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Farmers see challenges, rewards of value-added crops

10/16/2017

For many growing value-added crops, times of low grain prices make producing such products as food-grade corn or non-GMO soybeans more appealing. Still, farmers must be willing to go the extra mile, dealing with issues such as weed control and on-farm storage.

2017 Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index® shows nearly all Iowa households eat meat, with freshness, price and taste driving shoppers' food choices

10/16/2017

The latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index® shows a whopping 99 percent of Iowa grocery shoppers’ households eat meat and freshness (24%), price (24%) and taste (22%) rank as the most important factors for purchase, more often than how (4%) or where (2%) their meat/poultry was produced.

Iowa’s Top Breaded Pork Tenderloin Named

10/13/2017

The IPPA says the Grid Iron Grill in Webster City has the state’s best breaded pork tenderloin in 2017.

Registrants, EPA & States Agree to Dicamba Label Changes

10/13/2017

Registrants have voluntarily agreed to dicamba label changes that impose additional requirements for "over the top" use of these products next year. Learn more in the story.

Volunteers help nonprofit organic farm in Iowa flourish

10/12/2017

About 130 volunteers have put in more than 1,200 unpaid hours this year, Tobin said. About 80 of the volunteers were youth. Many were members of justice programs. Self Reliance, a local social services organization, sends people regularly.

Cedar Falls family keeps the hops down on the farm

10/12/2017

They got into the business for two main reasons: The first is craft brewing is a growing industry in Iowa. The second? “We also like beer a lot,” Keri said with a smile.

Turkey for Thanksgiving, look no further than the Midwest

10/11/2017

Iowa has increased 29 percent (roughly 40,000 AUs) in the last decade going from 135,000 Turkey AUs in 2005, to 173,763 AUs in 2016.

Fall is here, and this is where you'll find pumpkins, apples and corn mazes.

10/9/2017

And with the arrival of these cooler temperatures and turning leaves, that can only mean three things: apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Benton County corn maze features anti-bullying message

10/6/2017

Bloomsbury Farm in Benton County has a corn maze that spans 10 acres with an anti-bullying sign planted in the middle.

Farm To Table Options Growing In North Iowa

10/4/2017

A collaboration of food producers in North Iowa has resulted in the opening of one of the area’s first farm to table restaurants.

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