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Starting from scratch


Farmer entrepreneurs share how they have overcome challenges to grow successful non-traditional agriculture enterprises .

USDA to conduct the 2019 census of horticultural specialties


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties this winter to provide a comprehensive picture of the U.S. horticulture industry.

New greenhouse will help Grow: Johnson County expand mission


Thanks to a grant and community donations, they’re constructing a greenhouse on the farm that will make things a lot easier.

Iowa Farm Bureau encourages diversified ag ideas to keep farming sustainable


A special breakout session, “Non-traditional crop and livestock,” on Dec. 4, will feature a panel of three farmers who have found opportunities in agriculture outside of Iowa’s most well-known commodities.

Ready for the season


North Iowa Christmas tree grower is seeing a rebound in demand for real trees.

Range of topics on tap at IFBF Annual Meeting


A half dozen educational seminars at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) 2019 annual meeting will touch on a number of key topics

Growing holiday memories


Northern Iowa's Fisher Trees introduces a new generation to the joys of holiday decorating with real, locally grown Christmas trees.

Hemp rules on the horizon


Iowa ag officials hustle to get rules for growing industrial hemp ready for the 2020 season.

Iowa's hemp program is now under development


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is drafting administrative rules that will be released for public comment in the coming weeks.

USDA establishes domestic hemp production program


This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.?