• Rod Swoboda

    Thaw In Cuba Policy Could Aid U.S. Agriculture

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 21, 2014

    I have a long-time friend who is originally from Cuba. As a child, he escaped with his family from that communist nation years ago, and eventually earned an ag degree from Iowa State University and became a U.S. citizen. Life in that small island country, only 90 miles from the coast of Florida, has always been rough. The long-time reign of dictator Fidel Castro kept Cubans poor. Ever since the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis five decades ago the U.S. hasn't had diplomatic relations with…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    "Technology Will Change How Dairy Cows Are Fed"

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 18, 2014

    Kemin Industries broke ground in early November to start construction of a new $17 million feed ingredient manufacturing facility in southeast Des Moines. The state-of-the-art plant will focus on the bioscience company's production of encapsulated amino acids used in livestock feed to increase animal production and efficiency. FFA students from Ballard High School at Huxley were present; they brought some dairy heifers along, which were part of the display. The kids and the cows really…

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