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Soybeans are big business in Iowa

As long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some disagreement about who first ...

It’s almost harvest time in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

Trade deal with Canada, Mexico is good news for Iowa

A new trade agreement connecting the United States, Canada and Mexico is a good deal for Iowa's farmers.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement became effective on July 1, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement that had been in place since 1994.It is a massive document that brings together ...

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Leaders play vital role in agriculture

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Iowa’s renewable fuels industry gets a boost

Farmers, trucking companies, employees of ethanol and biodiesel plants indeed all Iowans will benefit from a couple of moves Gov. Kim Reynolds made recently to support the renewable fuels industry.First, the governor signed into a law an extension of a fuel tax credit for diesel that contains ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It's more than 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. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very heart of ...

Biodiesel tax incentive

A bill heading to Gov. Kim Reynolds would support Iowa's soybean growers and biodiesel plants while also helping to reduce air pollution. We urge the governor to sign it as soon as it hits her desk.The measure would extend a fuel tax incentive for diesel sold in Iowa that contains at least 11 ...

Area banks step up to help those in need

Iowa has long had a reputation as a state in which people look out for one another; a place where a helping hand is always being extended. The generosity of Iowa's businesses has been a big reason why the state has such a reputation.The businesses of Webster County live up to that reputation. ...

Bridges bring new recreational opportunities to Badger Lake

Anyone out walking or bicycling around Badger Lake in the last couple of weeks undoubtedly noticed a couple of new bridges there.One of them - a 180-foot long span - crosses a portion of the lake near Veterans Memorial Park. It replaces one that was removed about five years ago because it was ...