• Rod Swoboda

    Urging Action On Propane Shortage

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 27, 2014

    An unprecedented jump in propane prices (doubling within a couple days last week) has some rural Iowans wondering if they'll be able to pay their heating bills this winter. State and federal leaders have vowed to get to the bottom of the LP-gas price explosion. Propane prices hit $5 per gallon in some areas of Iowa, according to a special survey by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. The statewide average rose to a record $4.18 a gallon on Thursday January 23. A day earlier the same survey…

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    Don't Miss "40 Chances" Photo Exhibit

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 10, 2014

    Over the course of their working lives, most farmers get about 40 growing seasons or 40 chances to improve upon every harvest. Actually, that's true for most everyone -- each of us gets about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life. The World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines, is hosting a photo exhibit titled "40 Chances, Finding Hope In A Hungry World". Open to the public with free admission, the exhibit features a collection of 120 photos by Howard G…

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    What Kind of Weather Can Iowa Expect In 2014?

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 3, 2014

    Iowa has had some brutal cold weather in recent weeks--it's been on-again, off-again. Now in early January, the cold weather is about to get as severe as the region has seen in the last 20 years, says the National Weather Service. Wind chills reached lower than 20 degrees below zero the night of January 2, 2014. Temperatures in Iowa climbed higher on January 3, into the teens and 20s. But that brief respite will end when a cold front moves in January 4, says Kevin Skow, a meteorologist…

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