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Hopeful 2021 will be a recovery year

The Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged the nation has put our food supply chain to the test. While it rocked and rolled for a period of time, it responded with some remarkable resiliency to the pressures and challenges. The food supply chain that is functioning today is much different than the ...

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 and Food File

It’s a challenge to find one person with the combined skills of a farmer, rancher, forester, food aid administrator, tribal leader, attorney, economist, conservationist, miner, insurance expert, food scientist, and finance specialist to fill the about-to open job of the secretary of ...

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 ...

Will the Main Street economy improve?

It is hard to fathom the quickness of change in the economy. I did not sense a great change in November but the Creighton Rural Main Street Index (RMI) took an unhealthy dip, falling from 53.2 in October to 46.8 this month. Did anyone get the license number of the truck that just hit us? The ...

Dear County Agent Guy

Many of us feel that 2020 has lasted way longer than a normal year. This is not an illusion; 2020 is a leap year, which means that has a full day more than the usual 365. But that doesn’t explain why it seems as if this year has lingered for more than a decade. This year brought the twin ...

Crop Watch

The last month of the year is here as I sit writing this article. Dec, 7th is commemorated each year as it marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the event that pulled our country into WWII, which they had hoped to avoid. The blatant, dawn attack work the citizens ...

Making 2021 ARC/PLC decisions

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2021 crop year is underway at your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. That decision is by FSA farm number and the historical base acres of crops on that farm and tract. The signup period runs ...