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    Donations From Iowa Youth Benefit Food Pantries

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 23, 2014

    At the recent 2014 Farm Progress Show at Boone in central Iowa, Monsanto partnered with Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to sponsor the sixth annual America's Farmers Food Drive. The drive collected 6,847 pounds of food to donate to food pantries in the Boone area. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs from across the state were asked to join the cause, and 52 of those chapters and clubs responded to the challenge. FFA and 4-H members who brought canned goods and other food items…

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    Iowa State Fair Connects Farmers And Consumers

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 15, 2014

    The relationship between farmers and consumers is being showcased at the Iowa State Fair this year. A gigantic sculpture, created from more than 50 tons of sand, tells the "story of food and farming" to thousands of visitors to the 2014 fair, which ends August 17 after a 10-day run. The Iowa Soybean Association and other farm and food groups that make up the Iowa Food & Family Project are sponsoring the sculpture. Located in the Varied Industries Building, the artwork was…

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    Iowa Youth Institute Is Growing Rapidly

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 9, 2014

    The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University has more than tripled in size in three years. This year's event April 14 on the ISU campus in Ames drew 230 high school students and 120 teachers from across Iowa to explore critical global issues and academic and career paths in the fields of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math: the STEM areas of study. A highlight of the day-long event was the opportunity for attendees to hear from 2010 World Food Prize…

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    Serving "Food For Thought" And More At Wallace House

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 14, 2014

    Every so often I'm asked, "What is the Wallace Centers of Iowa?" It's a non-profit organization inspired by the Wallace family legacy. The Wallace Centers of Iowa provide a variety of programs and services to build awareness of local food, sustainable agriculture and civility. It serves both urban and rural communities. There are two locations—one is the Wallace House at 756 16th Street in the Sherman Hill neighborhood on the west edge of downtown Des Moines. The other…

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    Pumpkin Time: Iowa Farm Becomes A Classroom

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 9, 2013

    Darin Leach, whose byline you see each month on feature articles he writes in Wallaces Farmer magazine, grew up on a farm in Muscatine County. He now lives in the Des Moines area with his wife and two young daughters. But he tries to get back there to southeast Iowa to help his parents on the farm when he can. Last week he helped with this fall's harvest. It's a little different kind of harvest than on most Iowa farms. This family harvests not only corn and soybeans but pumpkins…

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    Bass Farm Generating Interest In Iowa Aquaculture Hub

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 19, 2013

    A hog production facility idled for economic reasons is back in production. However, there are sounds of splashes and not squeals coming from the farm operation near Webster City. The business, called Iowa's First, has taken a proactive approach to circumventing the losses in livestock production due to economic changes by moving into fish farming. Farmers Mark and Jeff Nelson are producing hybrid striped bass in their unused hog facilities. The former hog barns now hold 18 large…

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