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Keeping agriculture thriving is the goal

Getting ready for tomorrow is a key to success in any long-term endeavor. That's why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has long had an eclectic array of programs that stimulate scientific research and technological innovation that has potential to benefit farms and ranches.Each year the USDA ...

Supporting Iowa and USA based manufacturers

Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa's agricultural economy and the state's manufacturers should become equally common,There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local and United States merchants whenever posible. The same goes for ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It's more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very heart of ...

Suspension of tariffs on Mexico is good news

Late last month, President Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported to the U.S. from its biggest trading partner, Mexico, beginning June 10 and increase those tariffs by 5 percent each month to a permanent level of 25 percent in October unless Mexico satisfied him it ...

We rely on these imports

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years.Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump's increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing to ...

Tariff action benefits Iowa

In 2018, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. He sought to protect industries in the United States from what he said was unfair foreign competition. The tariffs were intended to strengthen our nation's bargaining position in trade negotiations. Canada and ...

Letters from Readers

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 ...