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More than one way to plant a seed

By Kellie Blair Kellie is a mom, wife and farmer from Iowa, where she raises livestock, corn and soybeans. Water quality is something that I’m concerned about as a mom and a farmer. I live in Iowa, where this is a particularly hot topic. There…

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Organic or Conventional? Let’s Celebrate Choices!

By Kellie Blair As a farmer, I’m proud to play a role in growing food that is both safe and sustainable. As a mom, I face the same choices you do when it comes to food … What’s for dinner? How can I get my…

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Bill Nye Saves the World – And Examines the Safety and Sustainability of GMOs

Julie Kenney grew up on an Iowa farm. She and her husband Mark have two children and are the fifth generation to grow corn, soybeans and oats on their central Iowa farm. By Julie Kenney I heard a stat the other day that most Americans…

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Bill Nye is Back and is Uncovering the Science Behind GMOs

Julie Kenney grew up on an Iowa farm. She and her husband, Mark, have two children. They are the fifth generation to grow corn, soybeans and oats on their central Iowa farm. By Julie Kenney Some of my favorite childhood memories come from working and…

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Celebrating Six Years of CommonGround

Sara Ross and her family raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cattle on their western Iowa farm. Six years ago this month, a friend called and asked if I would participate in a new program called CommonGround to help connect farm women with consumers. The goal was…

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Planting Preparation

Planning for a successful crop year after year By Kellie Blair Kellie and her husband are fourth-generation farmers, raising beef cattle, pigs, corn and soybeans in Dayton, Iowa. Do you have a backyard garden or potted herbs on your patio? Just as you prepare to…

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A Conversation About Conversation Hearts

By Sara Ross Sara and her husband raise corn, soybeans, and beef cattle in Iowa “Be Mine.” “Forever.” Hug Me.” I remember conversation hearts being one of my favorite Valentine’s candies when I was young, and now they are some of my boys’ favorites too!…

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Understanding Pesticides

By Julie Kenney Julie and her husband are corn and soybean farmers from Iowa I’m a farmer, and I’m a mom. And while most of my mom friends aren’t farmers, they all have a lot to do with food – like putting it on the…

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What Makes an Exceptional Turkey?

By Katie Olthoff, a family turkey farmer from Stanhope, Iowa Exceptional turkeys start on the farm, which is why we work so hard on our third-generation turkey farm to ensure that our birds are comfortable and the end product is safe, nutritious and delicious. My…

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Five Things You Should Know About Avian Influenza

We realize many are concerned about avian influenza and have questions. I have put together five things you should know about avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu.