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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 ...

Charles Grassley does it again

When a politician makes a promise, it's not uncommon for voters to doubt that it can be taken seriously.When U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he will do something, however, it's a good idea to pay close attention the Iowa Republican follows through on his pledges.Many years ago, Grassley told ...

October is National Pork Month

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.It's unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Let’s keep Steve King in Congress

The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn't live in the district that sent them to Washington. Steve King, a Republican from Kiron who has been in the U.S. House for more than a dozen years, is ...

Support Kim Reynolds for governor

Iowa is doing well. The economy is healthy and growing. State government is well-managed. Taxpayers are seeing their money spent wisely and with frugality. Unemployment is at a historic low. Assorted national rankings put our state ahead of most other states in a diverse assortment of ...

Let’s keep Mike Naig on the job

When Iowans go to the polls next month, they have a chance to show their support for a superb secretary of agriculture. Mike Naig was appointed on March 5 by Gov. Kim Reynolds to succeed Bill Northey, when that outstanding predecessor became an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of ...