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Family Revels in Investment to Return Wildlife By: 03/11/2015 @ 12:25pm

If you want to spend time hunting or fishing with Brian Dahl and his two sons, you’d better show up with a shovel. You won’t be digging postholes or scooping manure. Rather, the Rushford, Minnesota…

Urgent Need to Calculate Costs of Soil Erosion By: 03/11/2015 @ 12:03pm

On a flight home from a business trip years ago, I was seated next to a man from Pittsburgh. After some conversation, he asked me about my job. When I said that I wrote for a farm magazine, he exclaimed…

GMOs and Monarch Butterflies By: 01/29/2015 @ 12:25pm

Farm groups and food makers are pushing Congress to step into the raucous and expensive squabble over special labels for food made with genetically modified organisms. Most U.S. corn, soybean, and sugar beet…

Teaming Up to Clean the Water By: 08/26/2014 @ 8:32am

At the beginning of this month, farmers took another public relations hit when the half-million residents of Toledo, Ohio, couldn't drink their tap water, which was contaminated by a toxin from an algae…

Protecting Water and Soil By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:34pm

In early May, corn is up in a strip-tilled 45-acre field on the farm of Arlo and Claudia Van Diest near Webster City, Iowa. At the edge, water flows from an 8-inch tile outlet into Lower White Fox Creek. Any…

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Senator Grassley and his Mower

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