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Hemp program being designed, gaining support


“I think there’s potential for an alternative crop for Iowa farmers,” said Tim Kapucian, a Republican state senator and farmer from Keystone, Iowa.

Feddersen family specializes in Wagyu beef


Ask most Iowa beef producers if they keep their cattle on feed for two years, and they’ll laugh.

Pumpkinland near Orange City will not reopen in the Fall


Dave and Helen Huitink run Pumpkinland for 28 years. Dave Huitink passed away last year and with the help of family and many others, Helen was at the helm for the last time this past fall, for a total of 29 years. In the interest of keeping people up-to-date with what’s going on, Helen Huitink is advising people that they will not be running Pumpkinland this fall.

Siouxland-area farmers talk hemp at forum Saturday, as legislators weigh hemp bill


Generations after U.S. farmers were first barred from growing hemp, Siouxland-area farmers and horticulture enthusiasts seem to be intrigued by the plant -- a group of about 60 of them gathered at the Sioux City Public Museum for a forum on hemp in Iowa.

2018 Farm Bill provides a path forward for industrial hemp


The inclusion of hemp in the 2018 farm bill has many people — both inside and outside the agriculture sector – racing to figure out the potential market for this relatively new (well, new to the U.S., at least) agricultural product.

Aquaculture conference slated for March 22 - 23 in Ames


The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting the 2019 Aquaculture Conference on March 22 - 23 to provide farmers information about Iowa’s newest emerging livestock industry. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Ames from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Iowa Organic Association host of first organic pork conference in Waterloo


The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will host the Midwest Organic Pork Conference (MOPC) in Waterloo, Iowa on March 8-9, 2019. This will be the first conference ever organized in the United States dedicated to presenting the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic and natural pork production and distribution.

Iowa's first 'agrihood' promises country living on edge of Des Moines


The agrihood would bring what amounts to a small town to about 400 acres, with an organic vegetable farm, vineyard, orchard and residential gardens anchoring a massive housing and retail development.

Orange City Farmers Market good for town


The season might not be right for the Orange City Farmers’ Market, but it cannot be denied that the weekly, warmer weather marketplace is a boon to the town.

IFBF launches Grow Your Future award


The new award will showcase innovation in Iowa farm operations and celebrate young farmer entrepreneurs.