• Rod Swoboda

    Borlaug: Iowa Wrestler Who Saved A Billion Lives

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 29, 2013

    A farmer I know from northeast Iowa, Jack Hartman, and I were walking along a street in downtown Des Moines last Saturday, headed toward Wells Fargo Arena, where the NCAA 2013 national collegiate wrestling championships were taking place. I hadn't seen Jack in a while. We talked about our kids and families and what they were doing these days and a little about farming. We also talked about how the International Olympic Committee recently announced plans to drop wrestling as an Olympic…

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    Are Your Tile Lines Running Yet?

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 18, 2013

    Rain and snow during late February and first half of March in Iowa pretty much ran off rather than soaked into the ground because frost was still in the top foot or so of soil. That's what farmers attending the 2013 Iowa Master Farmer Awards day on March 14 in Des Moines reported. They came from all over the state; about 200 people attended. Northwest Iowa remains the driest part of the state, while thanks to snow and some rain, southeast Iowa is recharging its supply of subsoil moisture…

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    Big Push To Raise Iowa's Fuel Tax

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 5, 2013

    Like it or not, it's time to raise Iowa's fuel tax, say backers of a proposal being discussed in the Iowa Legislature. Increased revenue is needed to pay for repairs to the state's deteriorating roads and bridges, and a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel is a user fee, say supporters of such a move. They also point out that the state's fuel tax hasn't been raised since 1989. For months lobbyists for road builders and contractors, along with other organizations advocating…

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