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At the time of year when farmers plan for the upcoming growing season, many are also considering another option for managing their acres.

Reaction from Iowa on President Trump’s signing of the initial trade deal with China and was quick and mostly positive, with a dose of time-will-tell.

AMES – Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet to learn more about growing alternative crops in Iowa through a distance-learning session of Agronomy in the Field.


The region’s farmers are feeling relief after a difficult growing season, but manmade factors cast an ominous cloud over the rural economy.

Members of the cattle industry are invited to attend the annual Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit on Dec. 5 and 6 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

AMES – Women landowners, farmers and agriculture retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.

AMES--The Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held Sept. 15-21 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.”

The harvest period for apples varies from one cultivar to another. For example, McIntosh apples are normally harvested in early September. The harvest season for Red Delicious apples is normally late September. However, the harvest time may vary by one or more weeks from year to year due to …

Lely International and Lely North America are pleased to announce that Chad Huyser has been named Regional Director of Lely International and President of Lely North America. Huyser will lead all of Lely’s North American efforts and serve as one of five Lely Regional Directors worldwide.

Thunder Creek Equipment (LDJ Manufacturing) has donated a special edition, one-of-a-kind FST 990 fuel and service trailer to Farmer Veteran Coalition. Farmer Veteran Coalition will blind auction the trailer online (ThunderCreek.com/PatriotOne) and at upcoming 2016 farm trade shows. The trail…

MidwestCornLawsuit.com will be hosting an informational town hall meeting in Pella on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at noon, at Happy Joe's. The attorney hosting the meeting will cover the litigation against Syngenta Ag. All corn growers in the area are encouraged to attend.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be holding a workshop on exploring different uses of unmanned aerial systems (UAS/drones) in agricultural applications. The use of drones in agriculture is an increasing trend and this workshop will explore sensor and imaging capabilities of …

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced this year’s deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is March 31.


Pella farmer and Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) director Cliff Mulder was recently appointed president of the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP).

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the members of a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide. The team’s work will begin Jan. 21. Among the team members is Rebecca Hellend, a fifth grade teache…

Central College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special program Jan. 18. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley will speak at 11 a.m. in Douwstra Auditorium. Her talk, “Sustainability, Justice and Hunger: Sowing a Brighter Future,” will address the moral obligation for economic and social ju…

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New Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa was still getting settled in to his new office on a sunny Thursday afternoon when we caught up with him. He officially took over the job on Nov. 1, and his first week was spent abroad. As we sat down, he was brimming with the excitement of taking over the posit…

The National Association of Women Business Owners’ Iowa Chapter (NAWBO Iowa) cordially invites you to attend their annual Celebration of Excellence on Nov. 19, 2015.  The celebration, which will be held at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, will honor Mary Andringa of Vermeer Cor…

Members of the Pella Fire Department spent eight hours in training on Saturday, learning how to perform grain bin rescues.

Vermeer Manufacturing, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day a week earlier, invited hundreds of area schoolchildren to its Global Pavilion on Friday to learn more about job opportunities in the field.

The Pella FFA Chapter attended State Horse Judging at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls on Oct. 3. There were over a 100 members from different schools that attended the competition. The Pella FFA team consisted of Senior Paige Anderson, Junior Maggie Showman, and Sophomore Meaghan M…

The recently introduced Job Ready™ program from Vermeer provides a new solution for the pre-owned equipment market. Job Ready equipment receives a detailed inspection from a Vermeer technician, and comes with comprehensive parts and labor coverage for major components.

Jay Hoch has been named ag industry specialist, focusing on agricultural as well as commercial and industrial banking to serve customers in Knoxville and Pella.

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