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Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture in ...

Branstad announces final agenda

Gov. Terry Branstad announced (Jan 10) in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor's vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: A budget that is balanced, stable and stays ...

Iowa’s loss is a plus for the nation

President-elect Donald Trump vowed during the campaign that his administration would make closing the U.S. trade deficit with China a top priority. He addressed that promise head-on Wednesday by selecting Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his choice for U.S. ambassador to China. Why ...

Offering our thanks at Thanksgiving

There’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday and so we asked members of the Times-Republican staff to share their blessings with our readers. Here are some of their responses: As Thanksgiving Day approaches, most of us take time to reflect on all for which we are thankful. It’s too ...

Branstad has an opportunity

Six years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, then already a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor's chair. The record of Branstad's fifth and sixth terms has proven that decision to ...

Conservation ensures a bright future

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. Iowans have long understood that preserving the state’s soil and water resources is vital if agriculture is to remain a viable pursuit. The ...

Pay honor to our veterans

More than nine decades have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

Keep good judges on the bench

Don't fail to do your part in keeping courts first-rate "Iowa's judiciary is recognized as among the best in the nation. In surveys conducted for the United States Chamber of Commerce, our state judiciary has consistently ranked among the top five state court systems in terms of impartiality ...

Rod Blum deserves another term in Congress

Most Iowans feel Congress is broken and desperately needs fixing.Talk to just about any voter and they will cite some of these most commonly heard reasons they feel this way - partisanship is at an all-time high and Congress is out of touch with the average person.However, Rod Blum has not only ...

Grassley is a keeper

Some politicians go to Washington and forget the folks back home except when elections are near. Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa's senior United States senator, isn't one of them. He has a well-deserved reputation as a public servant who keeps in close touch with his constituents. His annual visits ...

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

National 4-H Week, which started Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

It’s time to make your voice heard

Early voting is now under way all across the Hawkeye State.Election Day is Nov. 8, but many states make it possible for citizens to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance of that date. Here in Iowa the early voting option began Thursday.Those Americans who choose to vote have the ...

Honoring our veterans

This week, we received a very nice message from Ron and Debi Estabrook about the newly-dedicated Marshall County Freedom Rock:"We would like to thank you so much for the wonderful coverage we have received over the last two years about the Freedom Rock project. It was a passion of my husband's ...

Good news for Iowa beef producers

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

It’s time for spring and farming

Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa's 87,500 farms.According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a huge portion ...

Sunshine Week: Government openness is vital to democracy’s functioning

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...