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A Difficult And Strange Season Of Weather

By Carmen Black (Editor’s Note: Iowa Farmers deal with an existential reality that is the weather. Regardless of increasingly polarized discussions about climate change, weather affects real people in tangible ways. Carmen recently wrote this piece to members of her … Continue reading

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Tim Gannon For Agriculture – An Easy Decision

Supporting Tim Gannon for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is an easy decision. Iowa Democrats want and need a secretary of agriculture that understands the current farm economy and is willing and capable of moving the state toward sustainability in agriculture. … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Iowa Farmers Export More to Europe?

During a brief appearance at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta on Thursday, President Trump claimed a trade breakthrough with European allies. “We just opened up Europe for you,” he said. Not so fast! On Saturday, European Union Commission President … Continue reading

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There Is A Family Dairy Farm Crisis

Things are bad when the coop sends the suicide hotline number with the milk payment. Milk prices are currently about $15 per hundred weight while cost of production at family farms is more than $22 per hundred weight. Like so … Continue reading

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Grit Alone Won’t Protect Local Food Systems

The marketplace of home vegetable gardens, community supported agriculture, farmers markets, road side vegetable stands, restaurants, retail interests and direct farm sales hasn’t coalesced into a sustainable local food system, and may not. One should never doubt the resilience of … Continue reading

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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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An Iowa Onion Trimmer

Between picture perfect onions and the compost heap lies an opportunity. A friend grows onions using organic practices as part of a Community Supported Agriculture project. Onions are harvested from the field then dried in the greenhouse for storage. Sorting, … Continue reading

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Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food

Nine fantastic breakout sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, during the 2015 Women, Food and Agriculture Network annual conference in Davenport. Click here to learn more about the conference and to register. On Saturday, learn the basics of starting a … Continue reading

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Iowa Farmers Offer Cover Crop Webinar

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Cover Crop Solutions and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Present Webinar on the Basics of Cover Crops Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m. Mark your calendar for a webinar to be held on July 30 that … Continue reading

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Resisting CAFOs In Iowa – JFAN

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors (JFAN) is a nonprofit community organization composed of rural and town residents, and traditional family farmers. Their common concern is to stop the growth of CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) factories in Jefferson … Continue reading

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