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Today is National Farmer’s Day

Oct. 12 has been designated as National Farmer's Day. It's the contemporary event to honor the hard work or America's farmers and to reflect on their important contribution to not only the success of our nation but to helping feed the world far beyond America's borders.The event grow's out of ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

National 4-H Week, which starts Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Honoring service to 4-H

It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H. It has been more than a century since 4-H got its start in Iowa in 1901. Today it is the largest youth-development program in the Hawkeye State. About one-quarter of the state's young folks are involved in 4-H. Those 125,000 ...

Grassley’s leadership singled out

Iowa has become a national leader in making use of wind energy to generate electric power. Our state's wind farms produce nearly 40 percent of the electricity used in the in Iowa. That's the largest share of electricity generated from wind of any state in the nation. That already impressive ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There's a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end.For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains the Clay County Fair.The fair that opens in ...

Sen. Charles Grassley works hard

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously.A strong indicator of just how faithfully U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley discharges his responsibility to represent Iowans is his ...

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 ...

Tax cuts are helping farmers

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress late in 2017, made major changes in the federal government's tax policies. A new report just issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research has evaluated the impact of the tax changes on American agriculture.The conclusion is that ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15.That's when what's billed as the state's largest parade will be the kickoff event for what may well be the grandest of our nation's state agricultural festivals -the Iowa State Fair.Iowans gathered in Fairfield for the ...

Gov. Robert Ray set a powerful example

Younger Iowans may not realize just how important a role he played in our state's history. For 14 years from 1969 until 1983 he served as Iowa's top elected official. He won the governorship five times and served in that post so long that his tenure in that job would in itself be worthy of ...