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Iowa Farm Bureau's fifth Economic Summit to highlight opportunities amidst ongoing market challenges

5/22/2017

To assist farmers facing several consecutive years of tight margins and low commodity prices, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) announced the 2017 IFBF Economic Summit: “Overcoming Challenges, Creating Opportunities” on July 20 at the Iowa State Scheman Center in Ames.

State provides incentives for aquaculture domes

5/22/2017

A state economic development board on Friday awarded nearly $250,000 in incentives to a new Alton, Iowa, business that plans to build air domes for aquaculture farms.

E-I-E-I-Om; Eastern Iowa farms offering 'farm yoga'

5/19/2017

Their first attempt at farm yoga last October — inspired by the popular “goat yoga” trend — drew just four visitors, but this time they had more than 200 “interested” via Facebook. Only about 20 of the 43 “going” RSVP’s showed up, but the Pearsons plan to continue farm yoga on a monthly basis, potentially even weekly if it draws enough attention.

A View of Crop Diversity Across the U.S.

5/18/2017

Neither my overseers nor manager will attend properly to anything but the crops they have usually cultivated; and, in spite of all I can say...

2017 strawberry season getting underway across Iowa

5/18/2017

Strawberries go from bloom to fruit in about 30 days and are best eaten within a few days of being picked. Strawberry harvest season only lasts about 3 weeks in Iowa and harvest times vary across the state.

Iraq veteran's French Tarentaise cattle at home in Osage

5/17/2017

Anderson said he believes Tarentaise will become a more popular breed, “because there is an increase of heart failure among fat cattle fed at higher elevations. Cattle are growing so fast that their heart and lungs can’t support them. This is another advantage in using Tarentaise breeding stock.”

Fresh and local for area restaurants, grocers

5/17/2017

Local businesses and area farmers are teaming up to feed Cedar Valley residents food produced right here at home.

Iowa commercial horticulture survey results released by Northey

5/15/2017

The newly published survey results are from 882 horticulture crop producers across the state. The data were recorded into an initial dataset by the Des Moines office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. ISU Extension and Outreach’s Local Foods Program team analyzed the data including an economic impact analysis provided by Dr. David Swenson of the Iowa State Department of Economics.

Longtime beekeeper sees reason to smile about insects' future

5/15/2017

Since 2006, when colony collapse disorder came to widespread public attention, the number of beekeepers in Iowa has tripled from 1,500 to 4,500 — part of a worldwide movement to help the bees.

AFBF Market Intel: U.S. Apples and NAFTA

5/15/2017

Trade in apples between NAFTA partners has increased significantly since implementation of the agreement.

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