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Silent Night

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com HOLSTEIN — Stepping into the Battle Center Church is a spiritual experience in more ways than one. The past permeates this space, where there’s no electricity, plumbing or climate-control system. No regular services have been held in this ...

Turning corn stover into pallets

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com Ground-breaking is planned for the spring 2021 for a new manufacturing facility near Odebolt in Sac County. The manufacturing facility will convert corn stover biomass into CornBoard – a wood alternative that will then be used to make pallets. Lane ...

Iowa’s Storyteller focuses on history, food and farming

There’s a saying that people forget; books don’t. This resonates with author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, of rural Lake City. “In my 20-plus career as an ag journalist, I’ve come across many remarkable stories that need to be protected in a format that will endure,” said Maulsby, ...

Farm Gal Soaps

HARDY — Handcrafters prepare unique and personalized items. Some do it as their full-time job, for others it is their side hustle. Regardless, local support of their businesses could make for some fun gift giving and even better gift receiving. Farm Gal Soaps features handcrafted goat milk ...

Corn, soybean stocks tighten

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com There were a few bullish surprises with the Nov. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released earlier this month. “We did expect a bullish report for soybeans, definitely, as export sales have been very strong for soybeans ...

Pardon me

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com WALCOTT — Each November, the presidential pardon of the national Thanksgiving turkey makes big headlines across the country. This year marks the eighth time in 73 years that this prestigious bird has come from an Iowa farm. While adults like ...

Koch Fertilizer plans $140M local investment

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net Koch Fertilizer will invest about $140 million to increase production capacity at its ammonia plant east of Fort Dodge, company officials announced Friday. The upgrades will boost yearly production by 85,000 tons, the company reported. Work is set to ...

Farm News Ag Show is cancelled

With Governor Reynolds announcing enhanced public health measures, we are canceling the 2020 Farm News Ag Show that was scheduled for Dec. 9-10. We feel strongly about the public's safety and we understand the need to limit gatherings. Although disappointed we won't see the vendors and ...

Plan to attend the 2020 Farm News Ag show

FORT DODGE — Farm News is hosting its 19th annual Ag Show Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, Fort Dodge, IA. This is a new location for this event. Nearly 12,000 square feet of show space with ...

Zoske is Farm News’ favorite farmer

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com ELDORA — 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and our farmers are no exception. From drought to derecho and all that is affecting Iowa’s farmers, Farm News wanted to show our support and honor a deserving producer. The first annual Farm ...