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Though the weather's warmed up in Iowa, colder dips are still to come. So how do you extend your growing season?

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A proposed change to livestock rules has put Nebraska hog farmers at the center of a debate that gets to the very core of what it means to be a farmer today.

In the top pork producing states like Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina, many farmers are under contract with giant meatpackers like Tyson or Smithfield Foods – the companies actually own the pigs and pay the farmers to raise them. That arrangement is illegal in Nebraska.

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A highly contagious strain of bird flu has officially made its way to the Midwest.

The disease was confirmed Tuesday in two separate commercial turkey flocks in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the USDA.

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After years of negotiations, a dozen countries – from New Zealand up to Canada – are on the verge of a trade agreement.

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Soybean, corn and wheat farmers in the upper Midwest lost about $570 million last winter, thanks mostly to transportation tie-ups.

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The snow is starting to melt and that means it's time to prune back trees before spring weather arrives. 

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The monarch butterfly may soon find more of its food in Iowa.

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Farmers face plenty of risk, including the unknowns of weather, global markets and the more predictable expenses of taxes and equipment costs.

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There’s a new stop on the Iowa campaign trail.

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You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store.

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Northeast Iowa farmer Chris Soules  has been in the national spotlight for weeks on a TV reality show in search of a bride.  At the same time, a group who promotes relationships in a more traditional way is preparing to celebrate a milestone.

On a recent Saturday morning about 50 members of the Iowa-Wisconsin chapter of Singles in Agriculture toured the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veteran Museum in Waterloo.

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The old Keeney place was the kind of farm you see in paintings of Iowa landscapes: a big beautiful barn, with 200 acres of fields and pastureland.  

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One family, farming the same land generation after generation - this is a dream many farmers share, but not an easy one to realize.

Back from War, On to the Farm

Feb 26, 2015
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Veteran Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming.

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The law that sets standards for school meals is up for reauthorization this year.

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Iowa’s newest land trust aims to connect young farmers looking for land with farmers looking to retire.

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The value of farmland in the Corn Belt is dipping. In Iowa value dropped 7 percent last year. 

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How much do you really know about where you food comes from? Could you grow enough food to sustain yourself and your family in a garden?

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When farmers lose 15 to 25 percent of their crop, it hurts. And it’s not likely to be covered by crop insurance, which covers greater losses.

States Propose Legalizing Raw Milk to Limit Sales

Feb 10, 2015
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The federal government banned raw milk sales across state lines nearly three decades ago because it poses a threat to public health.

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Most flowers travel thousands of miles each year  before being sold for Valentine’s Day.

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Call it “peak farmers market.” Or maybe the plateau of “know your farmer.”

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When Jon Slutsky’s dairy farm in Wellington, Colo. is fully staffed, it’s a moment to celebrate.

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Scientists have noticed that plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter.

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Agricultural equipment manufacturing companies across the Midwest are downsizing their work force. After nearly one thousand layoffs last October, another round will sideline an additional thousand workers. Deere and Company has announced 910 layoffs. Black Hawk Engineering in Cedar Falls will idle 40 workers, and Unverferth Manufacturing near Shell Rock will sideline 48 employees.

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Bacon and pork chops could become cheaper this year thanks, in part, to fewer pigs getting sick with the virus that devastated hog farms in 2014.

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In the budget President Obama is sending to Congress he’s asking for more than a billion dollars to combat antibiotic resistance, and some of that money would focus on animal agriculture.

Antibiotic resistance can make common medications ineffective, meaning sick people don’t get better and doctors have fewer options to treat bacterial infections.  

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When it comes to organic certification, there are strict guidelines for food producers to follow. 

Ranchers Rebel Over Beef Checkoff

Jan 27, 2015
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From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.

Just because its January, doesn't mean there aren't flowers in bloom. 

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