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I'm living a dicamba nightmare

Most farmers have a particular crop that they would identify as their favorite, and I enjoy growing sweet and bell peppers.  A healthy pepper plant shows glossy green leaves on a compact plant, making it relatively easy to cultivate and harvest.  I love the way they look, and it’s rewarding to fill harvest containers with mature fruit that will find homes with our customers.  In the winter months I dream of the neat rows of plants loaded with fruit.

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Dismantling the postal service hurts farmers and rural communities

One of the more exciting days on the farm is the one where we get a call just after 6 AM from the local post office telling us our hen chicks have arrived. After a short drive to pick up these small balls of fluff, we can go about giving them the care they need so they can form our next pasture-raised laying flock.

There is joy in giving these small lives a good start, but what happens when delivery is delayed and you open the box to find none of them left alive?

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Gone with the wind: More uncertainty for rural Iowa

A massive derecho rampaged through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana on August 10 with devastating results. Winds were estimated to have reached 130 mph in places, leaving 1.9 million without power. The derecho ripped a path of destruction 50 to 60 miles wide and 770 miles long. Ten to fourteen million acres of agricultural production were flattened in Iowa, and over one-third of the state sustained significant damage from this powerful storm. A week later, people were still struggling to clean up, and power was not yet restored to over 68,000 households and businesses.

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New GE corn would be a disservice to farmers

The writing was on the wall. It had become clear to my partner Tammy and I that we would have to make some drastic changes if we wanted to continue to successfully raise quality fruits and vegetables on our farm. Changes in weather patterns combined with multiple pesticide drift incidents clearly required that we seek alternative growing strategies.

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