Category Archives: Organic Foods & Farming

Organic Food’s Sticky Wicket

When people think of local food, most have seasonal sweet corn and tomatoes in mind. That hasn’t changed much in years. The quest for good-tasting food that does no harm has also been around for a long time. Organic food … Continue reading

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Francis Thicke: “We Have Broken The Relationship Between Plants And Soil”

Grass-based, organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke can be followed on Facebook.  

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Organic Food & The Farmer's Face

Is the local food movement here to stay? Intellectually, how could it not be? The future must necessarily be one of producing food much closer to where people live, especially as transportation costs escalate, and current food sources in the … Continue reading

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Iowans For Sherrie Taha

IOWA CITY– The fact that Sherrie Taha, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, supports reduction of food imports to Iowa only makes sense. “Rather than import the bulk of the food we eat from outside of our state, we need … Continue reading

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Friday Food Talk: It’s Local, Sustainable And Delicious

by Martha Schut We spent a lovely afternoon a few days ago at Rapid Creek Ranch, owned by Doug and Pam Darrow and managed by their son Justin Wade. The farm sits on a beautiful 280 rolling acres just south … Continue reading

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One Iowa Farmer’s Year In Afghanistan

Denise O’Brien, organic farmer and  advocate from Atlantic, Iowa, who co-founded the Women Food And Agriculture Network (WFAN) in 1997 and was its director for more than 11 years, is now a USDA advisor in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  Check out her … Continue reading

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No Iowa Dairy for President Clinton

President Bill Clinton was on the Daily Show recently promoting his new book, Back to Work. He looks frail, but engaged in life. I got into an argument with a Hillary Clinton supporter during the run up to the 2008 … Continue reading

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Walmart and Iowa Food Prices

Walmart and Iowa Food Prices by Paul Deaton [Editor's Note: This is the fourth article in a Blog for Iowa series about food and food pricing in Iowa, centered around a comparison shopping trip to buy ingredients for a bowl … Continue reading

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Iowa's Trade Mission to China and South Korea

For fifteen minutes on Thursday, the Iowa delegation led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa Department of Economic Development Director Debi Durham and others spoke and answered reporter questions on a conference call about their … Continue reading

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Food Hoarding and Iowa's Future

Food Hoarding and Iowa's Future by Paul Deaton [Editor's Note: This is the third article in a Blog for Iowa series about food and food pricing in Iowa, centered around a comparison shopping trip to buy ingredients for a bowl … Continue reading

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