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FFA enriches the lives of students

FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA.After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the lives ...

Loan programs help farmers enter the industry

The Beginning Farmer Loan Program receives a modest funding boost in the recently signed farm bill, which is important for an industry that needs more startup operations. The legislation guarantees permanent funding for the various programs that fit under the Farm Service Agency's umbrella.High ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:In the Jan. 25th edition of Farm News David Kruse featured his thoughts on the now much disgraced Ia. Congressman Steve King. The informational article hit me hardest when David said he had friends, " plural, " who told him they still voted for King because they didn't want to ...

IPFS starts Tuesday

What organizers say is the third largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2019 Iowa Power Farming Show features 7.7 acres of indoor exhibit space holding nearly 1,952 booths on ...

Iowa Department of Agriculture is helping the state succeed

On New Year's Eve, Mike Naig, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, released his department's look back at the year just ending. It contains encouraging news.The most recent annual review of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's accomplishments makes clear that Naig and his team ...

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 ...