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To the editor:Ever since Senator Bernie Sanders laid out his farm policy proposals (parity price floors, supply management, and establishing a grain reserve) agriculture economists from all over the country have been critical even poking fun.Upon reading their comments it is obvious their ...

Legislative session was good for agriculture

Agriculture long has been at the heart of our state's economic well-being. The state's farms and those industries related to agriculture remain absolutely vital to the Hawkeye State's continued prosperity.Whenever the Legislature convenes issues pertinent to agriculture get especially careful ...

Volunteer firefighters are there for us

Imagine working 40 hours a week or more, then spending dozens more hours training to run the pump on a fire truck.Or consider raising a family, taking kids to soccer practice, going to church and then getting up at 3 a.m. to respond to a horrible car crash.All that sounds like a staggering ...

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa.For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites.It's no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That's been true for generations and the demand for this ...

USDA announces Ag Census results

Agriculture is an enormous, diverse part of the U.S. economy. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a Census of Agriculture to develop a detailed compilation of facts and figures regarding the nation's farms and ranches. This ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:The fact the two weekly contributors for Farm News have remained silent on the Mueller report speaks volumes about the politics of Kruse and Guebert, the two most biased commentators in agriculture.They have completely abandoned the most basic rule of journalism "just the facts, ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:Mr. David Kruse,Your article in the April 12, 2019 issue of Farm News about farmers not making money was much appreciated. Please allow me to offer my thoughts as to why this is true and how it might be reversed.Most row crop farmers (including myself) spend their profits before ...

Ethanol- industry gets welcome new

During the month when Americans concerned about maintaining a healthy and green environment will celebrate Earth Day, there is an especially welcome development. The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings a USDA study about the environmental impact of the ...

Good news for ethanol industry

A promise to Iowa's ethanol producers made by President Donald Trump is about to be kept.For some years, the Environmental Protection Agency has banned the sale of gasoline with a blend of 15 percent ethanol E15 during the summer. This regulatory rule was based on the claim that this ...

Humboldt owes much to the Nielsens

Anyone working up a sweat in the new Humboldt Recreation Center is making good use of what's perhaps the biggest gift that community has ever received.The Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family paid for the multi-million dollar facility and then gave it to the city of Humboldt.''There's no way the city ...