• Rod Swoboda

    Congratulations On A Job Well Done

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 23, 2014

    To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2013 were recognized at the recent March 2014 IAEA meeting. They are: Darbee Wellman, is the ag and natural resources field…

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    2012 Farm Bill? Don't Bet On It

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 12, 2012

    More and more observers are placing odds there won't be much, if any, work done on the new five-year farm bill in Congress this year. The heavy lifting will likely take place when Congress comes back into session in January. Even then, the farm bill might not get the attention of Congress right away. Farm bills usually last for five years and the 2008 Farm Bill officially expired on September 30, 2012. Congress left Washington September 21 to go home to campaign without getting the new farm…

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    Helping Family Farmers in Crisis

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 18, 2012

    When someone walks up to you out of a crowd, a person you don't know and you are in a different state far from home, and the person tells you "Thanks for a job well done"—it makes your day. That's how Jim Whitman felt, after he received sincere thanks from a stranger at the 2012 Farm Progress Show. At the show, held recently at Boone in central Iowa, my Wallaces Farmer colleague Tyler Harris and I had just finished interviewing Whitman, when the "thank you from a stranger" occurred…

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