• Rod Swoboda

    He Was Growing Cover Crops Before Covers Were Cool

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 27, 2013

    Buried in his bib overalls, Dick Thompson was first and foremost a farmer. But he thought like a top-notch researcher. The casket was open and he was wearing bib overalls like he always did. When I attended his funeral visitation last week, it was the first time I ever saw someone laid out for burial in bib overalls. It was appropriate. He was there so we could say goodbye to him just as we knew him and will remember him. Dick farmed with wife Sharon and family near Boone in central Iowa…

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    Birthday Party For A Rare And Beautiful Barn

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 17, 2013

    One hundred and thirty years ago, Joshua Secrest and barnbuilder Frank Longerbeam sat around a kitchen table on the farmstead near Iowa City, Iowa and planned one of the largest round barns in the country. The graceful bell-shaped roof is unique – there is none like it anywhere. "This barn is a wonderful photo opportunity," says Rich Tyler, a barn historian and one of the people planning this upcoming event. On Sunday August 24, 2013, a birthday party for this Iowan treasure…

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    Always Plenty New To See And Do At Iowa State Fair

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 8, 2013

    Visiting the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the highlight of the summer for many people, an August tradition. Many of those who exhibit at the fair work toward this event year-round raising livestock, growing crops, vegetables, flowers and perfecting family recipes. Year after year people return with friends and family to experience Iowa's great celebration, a salute to the state's best in entertainment, agriculture, industry and achievement. To plan your visit, you'll find…

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