• Rod Swoboda

    What I Learned At World Food Prize Symposium

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 28, 2013

    The three 2013 World Food Prize Laureates—recognized as pioneers of agricultural biotechnology—on October 18 addressed a crowd of over 1,000 people at the annual World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, urging the world to accept biotechnology to help feed the growing population. Over 1,500 people came to the World Food Prize International symposium October 16-18 in Des Moines from over 70 foreign countries. They listened to speakers and panel discussions of experts discuss agricultural…

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    Pumpkin Time: Iowa Farm Becomes A Classroom

    Iowa Farm Scene

     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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    How Government Shutdown Affects Farmers

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 2, 2013

    The Farm Bill expired Oct. 1, same day the federal government shut down. Congress can't agree on a budget. A main point of contention is funding for the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. How is this federal government shutdown affecting Iowa farmers so far? What do they have to say? Merlin Komarek of Protivin in northeast Iowa says: "There are times I'd like to boot each Congressman out of office and the president too. If anyone else performed…

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