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October is National Pork Month

October 18, 2013 October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. more »»

Grassley raises important issues

October 11, 2013 Domestically manufactured biofuels are important to the future of the nation. The Hawkeye State is one of our country’s principal producers of ethanol and biodiesel. more »»

4-H is about achievement

October 4, 2013 National 4-H Week is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 27, 2013 Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. more »»

STEM initiative is working

September 20, 2013 There is widespread agreement that if the years ahead are to be a time of growth and prosperity rather than stagnation and hardship, our nation and state must have a work force with the skills... more »»

Let’s keep our farms safe

September 13, 2013 Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week begins Sunday. It coincides with National Farm Safety and Health Week. more »»

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

September 6, 2013 The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an en. more »»

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

August 30, 2013 The 2013 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend — deservedly so. more »»

Schools starting — drive safely

August 23, 2013 The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception — summer is drawing to a clos. more »»

Farmers markets good for America

August 16, 2013 Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. more »»


August 14, 2013 Mid-August is here and we really have to wonder how the last six weeks of the growing season will turn out. more »»

Keeping them honest

August 9, 2013 Sen. more »»

USDA helps Iowa ag exports grow

July 26, 2013 International trade is a critical contributor to economic prosperity in Iowa. According to the Business Roundtable, about 2,500 Iowa companies export their products and services internationally. more »»

Women play vital role in agriculture

July 19, 2013 For as long as human beings have engaged in the assorted pursuits referred to collectively as agriculture, women have been key players in the success of those undertakings. more »»

Partnering to save birds makes sense

July 12, 2013 Early this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the release of the State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands. more »»

Let’s keep horses safe

July 5, 2013 This year’s wet spring and early summer are likely to produce one bumper crop that just about everybody would rather avoid — mosquitoes. more »»

Support Iowa’s manufacturer’s

June 30, 2013 Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa’s agricultural economy and the state’s manufacturers should become equally common. more »»

Century Farms celebrate history

June 19, 2013 It’s 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. more »»

Attend your county fair

June 14, 2013 Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye Stat. more »»

World Pork Expo is remarkable

June 7, 2013 The 2013 incarnation of the World Pork Expo, which began Wednesday, winds up today in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. more »»



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