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U.S. pork will now be sold in Argentina

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 ...

Be informed, be engaged

Thursday’s school board candidate forum demonstrated that the Marshalltown school district is fortunate to have five good candidates running for the four open seats up for election on Sept. 12. All five candidates, incumbents Ben Fletcher, Mike Miller and Bea Niblock, along with newcomers ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close. Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

It’s almost harvest time 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 ...

Measure to honor our heroes near approval

Tens of thousands of American military personnel have served in the assorted wars on terrorism that have been an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, thousands of these American patriots have given their lives in these crucial battles to preserve our way ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development be proclaiming this week National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took note of the ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Reynolds is gaining influence

During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his influence nationally. His management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has only been at the helm of ...

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture’s central role in Iowa’s economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Graduates are a source of pride

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state’s nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of ...

It’s once again beef month in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the demand ...

Healthcare woes reach Iowa

Huge changes in our nation’s health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal ...

Time to submit your nominations

Iowans have long understood the importance of soil and water conservation. Farmers who employ appropriate techniques for cultivating their land help preserve these crucial resources and thereby make a vital contribution to the long-term viability of the Hawkeye State’s agricultural ...

Honoring Gold Star families

The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Support aid to survivors of fallen public safety officers

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

Vital flow of information is threatened

Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees. Anyone who thinks public notices aren’t important or aren’t read by the average Iowan should visit their local coffee shop the day that ...

Don’t shortchange the public’s right to know

A resident of a town in western Iowa recently contacted the Iowa Public Information Board staff with a complaint about a local government’s agendas and minutes. A formal complaint was avoided, however, after the Public Information Board staff advised the local government on preparing proper ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. ...