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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 ...

Sexton continues in leadership role

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, has been chosen by his fellow Republican lawmakers to once again fill a key leadership role in the House of Representatives. They recently re-elected him to be the House majority whip. In that role he will be the right hand man for House Majority ...

Barns symbolize Iowa’s farm heritage

Iowa’s rural landscape has changed drastically as farming has become less labor intensive in the last century. There was time when the countryside was filled with the assorted buildings needed in the farm economy. Today’s larger farmers have far fewer structures. If there is one ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

4-H is about helping youths achieve This week is a good time to celebrate a truly superb program National 4-H Week, Oct, 4-10, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about ...

Farmhouses are the centerpiece of the farm

Farmhouses are the centerpiece of the farm Siloes and big barns are usually the first buildings someone spots when driving by a farm. But tucked somewhere in between them is the structure that is the real heart of any Iowa farm – the farmhouse. Farmhouses come in all shapes and sizes. ...

October is National Pork Month

October is National Pork Month The industry makes a huge contribution to the Iowa economy October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa ...