• Rod Swoboda

    Presidential Stand-ins Debate Farm Issues

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 25, 2012

    A debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on agricultural issues -- you won't see that happen during the 2012 presidential campaign this fall. But two of their representatives did discuss farm policy before a recent gathering of the National Association of State Directors of Agriculture. NASDA held its annual meeting in Des Moines in mid-September, hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, headed by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The "Presidential…

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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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    Elwynn Answers 'The Big Question' At Farm Progress Show

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 4, 2012

    Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor spent three days at the 2012 Farm Progress Show answering farmers' questions about the weather. The show was August 28-30 at Boone in central Iowa. It was a hot three days—temperatures reaching the high 90s. What was the most common question? "Farmers asked a lot of questions, but none were desperate questions," says Taylor. "Most farmers have crop insurance and that will likely get them through the 2012 drought situation. They…

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