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Managed honey bee colony numbers increasing

6/28/2017

The Department of Agriculture says the number of managed honey bee colonies has increased over the last decade.

Farmers for hire turn backyards into vegetable patches

6/28/2017

Some of these farmers have farming backgrounds, while others are landscapers who expanded their expertise, or entrepreneurs from a range of professional backgrounds who just love gardening and the outdoors.

Seed Mix for Monarchs and Bees Developed by Iowa State

6/22/2017

Determining the right mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees can be challenging. Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

Farmers Market tips from WITCC's culinary arts coordinator

6/21/2017

These are the types of tips that the Western Iowa Tech Community College culinary arts program coordinator shares with his students. But they are also rules that he lives by.

Students encouraged to participate in Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt again this summer

6/21/2017

This initiative offers students a great opportunity to meet and talk with growers while offering them a fun challenge as they search for answers to questions.

SE Iowa farmer diversifies by starting an orchard

6/19/2017

After driving past pastures and farm ponds in rural Davis County, Heath Greiner stops his truck outside a 7-foot deer fence that surrounds a scenic farm near Bloomfield.

It’s the summer of pink pineapples

6/19/2017

I find it interesting that in a time when many foods now carry “non-GMO” labels as a marketing gimmick to play up on the all-natural trend, people don’t seem to care much that the pink pineapple is a GMO. Instead, they are thrilled that it looks good on Instagram.

Iowa roadway among stretch designated as Monarch Highway

6/19/2017

Iowa is among six state transportation departments and the Federal Highway Administration that signed a memorandum of understanding in 2016 designed to improve pollinator habitat along Interstate 35, a key migratory corridor for monarch butterflies.

Take a ride on the Tenderloin Trail

6/16/2017

The trail has stops at 14 cafes around our state known for their tenderloins.

Reynolds highlights Healthiest State program expanding SNAP shoppers’ access to fresh foods

6/13/2017

“The Double Up Food Bucks program puts healthy food grown by Iowa famers on the plates of vulnerable Iowa families,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Everyone wins when we increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We grow healthier communities while strengthening local economies.”

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