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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 ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

As long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some disagreement about who first ...

It’s almost harvest time in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

Trade deal with Canada, Mexico is good news for Iowa

A new trade agreement connecting the United States, Canada and Mexico is a good deal for Iowa's farmers.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement became effective on July 1, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement that had been in place since 1994.It is a massive document that brings together ...

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Farm News readers now have a unique opportunity to support the agriculture newspaper they rely on while at the same time possibly winning some free groceries.Farm News readers enjoy 24 issues a year, plus special publications like Barns of Iowa, Century Farms, Harvest Edition and Equipment ...

Leaders play vital role in agriculture

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Iowa’s renewable fuels industry gets a boost

Farmers, trucking companies, employees of ethanol and biodiesel plants indeed all Iowans will benefit from a couple of moves Gov. Kim Reynolds made recently to support the renewable fuels industry.First, the governor signed into a law an extension of a fuel tax credit for diesel that contains ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:I'm confused. I thought David Kruse's Farm News column focused on agricultural markets.In his June 12 column, Kruse omitted that his experts stand opposed to President Trump's stand on life. From the Episcopal Church website, '"in 2018, The Episcopal Church called for "women's ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:My friend is gone. Jerry Crew of Webb, Iowa, has passed on to live with his Lord on June 10th.He was a great friend and influence in my life; we had a few things in common. We were fellow church members, semi-retired farmers, and Air Force veterans, although he left at the rank ...