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Trump Administration Plans $12 Billion Aid Package for Farmers

The Trump administration will deliver $12 billion in aid to farmers who’ve been hit by dropping prices for crops and livestock amid a burgeoning trade war in which agriculture is a main target for retaliation against U.S. tariffs. The assistance will be a mix of direct payments to farmers, commodity purchases for food-aid programs, and… Read More »

Gov. Reynolds to Name Mike Naig as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday she will name Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Deputy Secretary Mike Naig as the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, citing a commitment to continuity and stability. Naig will become Secretary of Agriculture upon Bill Northey’s resignation. He will serve the remainder of Northey’s term. “Mike Naig has been… Read More »

Northey Approved for USDA

The wait is over for Bill Northey. Months after he was nominated, the Spirit Lake farmer and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “It is a tremendous honor for me to be confirmed to serve as an Under Secretary of Agriculture,”… Read More »

Don’t Overlook Ag’s Economic Footprint

As more people are one, two or three generations off the farm, fewer people can share fond memories of visiting or working on their grandparent’s farm. This migration away from farming unfortunately leads to a loss of recognition of how important agriculture is to society and its economic importance to the United States. The U.S…. Read More »

Leaders in the Field

[Source: INEDA, 03.2016 | Keywords: Women, Agriculture, Farming] Women play many important roles in agriculture. Unfortunately, they are usually in the minority and often overlooked as a vital part of the industry. That image is starting to change. More and more women are finding their voice and are taking to social media, blogs and so… Read More »