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Starting from scratch

12/9/2019

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

USDA to conduct the 2019 census of horticultural specialties

12/9/2019

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

12/2/2019

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

11/20/2019

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

11/18/2019

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

Range of topics on tap at IFBF Annual Meeting

11/11/2019

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

11/8/2019

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

11/4/2019

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

Iowa's hemp program is now under development

10/29/2019

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

10/29/2019

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

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