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USDA accomplished much in 2018

As 2019 begins, it's a good time to reflect not just on what lies ahead, but also on what was accomplished in the year that just ended. At the United States Department of Agriculture, 2018 was challenging. It was also a time when the department's leaders and almost 100,000 employees achieved a ...

A promise made and kept

Politicians make a great many promises. All too often, however, actions they claim they will take don't materialize.When President Trump escalated his trade confrontation with China earlier this year, the Chinese responded to proposed tariff increases by retaliating. They targeted U.S. ...

Looking back on 2018

As we bid adieu to 2018 it is a perfect time to reflect on a year that brought challenges to both producers and the agri-business community. Weather and trade seemed to make headlines in Farm News almost weekly.This issue of Farm News includes a 2018 Year in Review section. Regular readers of ...

US beef now on market in Morocco

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million American jobs. ...

Sen. Joni Ernst shows leadership

Passing a budget and the appropriations bills to fund the U.S. government are among the most important functions of the U.S. Congress. Anyone who has been paying even casual attention realizes, however, that getting that vital work done on time and in an orderly fashion almost never ...

Trump boosts ethanol industry

For some years, the Environmental Protection Agency has banned the sale of gasoline with a blend of 15 percent ethanol E-15 during the summer. This regulatory rule was based on the claim that this more-ethanol intensive product than the 10 percent blend sold all year long might result in ...

Pay a visit to the Farm News Ag Show

No matter which side of the ag sector you are in, whether it be a producer or in agribusiness you will want to attend the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show.The two-day show is open Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.There will be a wide range of agricultural ...

Barns symbolize Iowa’s farm heritage

Iowa's rural landscape has changed dramatically as farming has become less labor intensive in the last century.There was a time when the countryside was filled with the assorted buildings needed in the farm economy. Today's larger farms have a far fewer structures.If there is one structure, ...

International sales help America

America's exceptionally strong economy would be even more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are grown here. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, exports already produce about 20 percent of farm income. The ...

Conservation efforts are succeeding

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State's water resources is vitally important. That's why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. Among the goals is to help bring about a 45 percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus losses to Iowa's waters.The approach taken ...