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Letter to the editor

To the editor, Regarding Senators Grassley and Ernst co-sponsoring a bill to increase bio-fuel mandates (Feb. 26 Farm News), I don’t think there could be a better example of “bought and paid for.” Environmental impacts of fossil fuels versus bio-fuels are still debatable by real ...

Letter to the editor

To the editor: I got a kick out the column “Trade war is far from won” by David Kruse. Why? Because his analysis is about 3 years behind progressive news sources! We progressive farm activist and progressive news sources seen right through Trump’s so called Trade war with China as ...

Enjoy Progress edition 2021

As the holiday season draws to a close each year, the writing staff at Farm News embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region are shaping the agricultural tomorrow. While every issue of this newspaper is filled with ...

Ernst, Grassley press EPA on biofuels

Here in the Midwest, we are well aware of the environmental benefits of clean burning ethanol and biodiesel. But not everyone realizes just how good those fuels are for the air we breathe. Unfortunately, some of the people who are not up-to-date on the benefits are at the U.S. Environmental ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

The Hawkeye State continues to lead nation its production Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is character- ized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there ...

USDA played crucial role in 2020

In mid-December, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a detailed assessment of his department’s accomplishments in 2020. “While this was a tough year with the coronavirus, historic wildfires and weather damage, USDA met these challenges with a multitude of programs and ...

Looking back on 2020

As we bid adieu to 2020, it is a perfect time to reflect on a year that brought challenges to both producers and the agribusiness community. Coronavirus, trade, weather, which included a history making derecho, and a drought, seemed to make headlines again in Farm News. This issue of Farm ...

New plant will pioneer use of corn stover

The number of products that can be made from corn is staggering. It includes food, animal feed, ethanol, other chemicals, yeasts, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, colors and dyes, and even antibiotics. All of those items come from ears of corn. The corn stalks, stems and leaves — what farmers ...

Koch Fertilizer project will be economic bonanza

On the south side of Webster County Road D20 about halfway between Fort Dodge and Duncombe is a sprawling maze of tanks and pipes that is the local Koch Nitrogen plant. Every year this facility churns out hundreds of thousands of tons of nitrogen-rich fertilizer. It is a key element in the ...