Loebsack lands seat on House Energy & Commerce Committee

CEDAR RAPIDS — U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack has landed a spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House and a key assignment because of its far-ranging jurisdiction.

December 20, 2014 1:41 pm(0)

USDA seeking input on environmental program role

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of its largest conservation programs.

December 20, 2014 8:00 am(0)

Mother Nature tosses variety of chilly challenges at farmers

Snow, ice and wind chills cause many dangerous challenges around a farm, from power outages to power surges.

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm(0)

Land values fall by 8.9 percent in ISU survey

AMES — It was no surprise when officials at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University revealed the results of the school’s annual land values survey. It showed Iowa farmland values dropping an average of $773, or 8.9 percent, in the past year, to a new value …

December 18, 2014 3:29 pm(0)

Illinois group applauds detente between United States, Cuba

WILMETTE, Ill. — The Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG) said it is pleased with President Barack Obama’s actions to improve trade and business relations with Cuba.

December 18, 2014 3:15 pm(0)

Midwestern farmers eye Cuban market possibilities

Midwestern farmers may have reason for optimism after years of pushing for expanded trade with Cuba.

December 18, 2014 3:10 pm(0)
Happy holidays from the IFT staff

Happy holidays from the IFT staff

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

December 18, 2014 6:00 am(0)
Long-time grower says he enjoys working with customers, spending time outdoors

Long-time grower says he enjoys working with customers, spending time outdoors

MINBURN — Harold Hill pulls a Christmas tree into the bagger and tugs.

December 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos



Factors contribute to higher fire risk in rural communities

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a residential structure fire is reported every 85 seconds in the United States. A civilian is injured by fire every 33 minutes, and a person loses their life in a fire every 2 hours and 42 minutes.

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