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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 ...

Letters from Readers

Dear editor:I first met Jerry Crew when he sent me a letter through the post office asking me to write to Iowa Farmer Today bashing organic farming. He had found that they wouldn't publish his letters. He had read my letters and seen my concern for the environment and skepticism of the green ...

Biodiesel tax incentive

A bill heading to Gov. Kim Reynolds would support Iowa's soybean growers and biodiesel plants while also helping to reduce air pollution. We urge the governor to sign it as soon as it hits her desk.The measure would extend a fuel tax incentive for diesel sold in Iowa that contains at least 11 ...

Area banks step up to help those in need

Iowa has long had a reputation as a state in which people look out for one another; a place where a helping hand is always being extended. The generosity of Iowa's businesses has been a big reason why the state has such a reputation.The businesses of Webster County live up to that reputation. ...

Bridges bring new recreational opportunities to Badger Lake

Anyone out walking or bicycling around Badger Lake in the last couple of weeks undoubtedly noticed a couple of new bridges there.One of them - a 180-foot long span - crosses a portion of the lake near Veterans Memorial Park. It replaces one that was removed about five years ago because it was ...

Gowrie shows how to save a rural grocery store

When the prospects for keeping a grocery store open in Gowrie seemed very dim, the people that live there set out to do something about the problem and do it fast.The result is easy to see when anyone walks into Market on Market and sees the fully loaded shelves and coolers that await ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:A letter in the May 9 issue of Farm News had to do with recipes published in an earlier issue. The writer was very unhappy about some of the ingredients because they were listed as organic and suggested FN should not print it. Isn't being able to substitute ingredients one of the ...

Celebrating transportation

National Transportation Week is May 13-19. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry's importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s.That makes this an ...

Letters from Readers

To the editor:I'm certainly not a gourmet cook -in fact, I'm probably, at best, mediocre because I tend to not follow directions! But I do love food! 80 % of the time I read the story in section B about some recipe that looks promising, and last weeks issue featured sourdough bread.Here's the ...

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa

May is beef month.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 tasty and healthy product is on the rise - up about ...