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Study Measures Significance of Agriculture to Iowa Economy

Iowa agriculture puts healthy, affordable food choices on the table of today’s consumers and it boosts county and state economies, according to a recently-completed economic analysis sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).  As harvest takes place it is appropriate to note agriculture’s impact not only on the landscape, but on the state’s economy.

Webster City Bass Farm Generating Interest in Iowa Aquaculture Hub

April 12, 2013, 11:03 am | Allen Pattillo, Ray Hansen, Willy Klein

A Webster City business, Iowa’s First, has taken a proactive approach to circumventing the economic losses in livestock production by moving into fish farming. Mark and Jeff Nelson are producing hybrid striped bass in their unused hog facility. With the assistance of ISU Extension and Outreach they hope to create an aquaculture hub in central Iowa.

County Profiles Examine Poverty and Food Needs

May 11, 2015, 11:03 am | Kimberly Greder, Liesl Eathington, Laura Sternweis

Local leaders, decision-makers and nonprofit organizations can use the information in their county’s “Poverty and Food Needs” profile to better understand and address local food insecurity issues, said Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Beneficial Insect to Be Released in Allamakee County to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer

July 28, 2016, 7:41 am | Dustin Vande Hoef, Kevin Baskins, Laura Sternweis

Beneficial insects will be introduced next week at Mount Hosmer City Park in Lansing for the biocontrol of emerald ash borer. This control approach known as biological control reunites natural enemies with an invasive pest, in this case to help suppress EAB populations.

Iowa State’s Courtney Long Receives 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award

August 17, 2016, 9:50 am | Courtney Long

Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.

Landowner Stories Introduce Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy

September 20, 2016, 12:21 pm | Cathann A. Kress, Ray Hansen

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.