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Getting ready to boost ag sales

Mexico is a key market for the sale of Iowa's agricultural products. With the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement due to take effect this year, the stage has been set for that already substantial trade partner to become even more significant for Iowa's farmers and manufacturers.With that in mind, ...

Helping biofuels industries expand

The ethanol and biodiesel industries are significant contributors to Iowa's booming economy.Our state is a leader nationally in the production of these fuels. According to information provided by Gov. Kim Reynolds' office, Iowa manufacturers produced 4.1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2018. Our ...

New federal action will help farmers

The Waters of the United States regulation, usually referred to as WOTUS, issued by the Obama administration in 2015 created a worrisome bureaucratic situation for the nation's farmers. Its goal was to protect navigable waterways. Federal regulation of water that entered those water bodies was ...

Corn still fuels Iowa economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years.The state's 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

Long wait is finally over

Producing a trade relationship between the United States and China that is fair to both countries and puts an end to Chinese practices that have harmed the American economy has been a major goal of President Donald Trump. During the last two years, the ongoing negotiations regarding an improved ...

2020 should be a good year

Approval of U.S.-Mexico-China Agreement will boost farm economyAction that Iowa's farmers have awaited for far too long has finally occurred. Both houses of Congress have passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. That means that as 2020 unfolds this crucial trade measure should quickly ...

Making rural Iowa stronger

Iowa's economy is robust and getting stronger. It has a quality of life that makes those of us who call Iowa home reluctant to even contemplate living anywhere else.Gov. Kim Reynolds has made stimulating economic development a key goal of her administration. She understands that unless Iowa's ...

USDA had a successful 2019

As 2019 drew to close, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his assessment of how well the department he leads succeeded in meeting its goals this year. He has good reason to be proud of its record because the U.S. Department of Agriculture accomplished much this year."At USDA it ...

Looking back on 2019

As we bid adieu to 2019 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 again in Farm News almost weekly.This issue of Farm News includes a 2019 Year in Review section. Regular ...

Iowa’s economic picture just got brighter

As 2019 draws to a close, positive trade developments are making Iowa's economic picture very bright for 2020 and beyond.The long-delayed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement appears almost certain to be approved by Congress in the very near future. The trade pact, which was negotiated more than a year ...