News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Laurie Johns   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:33

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – February 10, 2014 –As Valentine’s Day approaches, perhaps Iowans who really want to show their love will skip the chocolates and give gifts of meat, instead.  According to the Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index™, a study conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowans love their meat; in fact, among 502 Iowa grocery shoppers age 20-60, a large majority consume several types of meat and poultry weekly.   Overall, beef (84%) appears to be the meat most commonly consumed in their households.

The survey shows that 56% of Iowa grocery shoppers’ households eat pork weekly, with 20% of them reporting they put pork on the table two or three times a week.  Beef is even more popular with Iowans; 84% of Iowa grocery shoppers’ households eat beef weekly, with 35% of them reporting they eat beef two or three times per week.  Poultry is also a big hit with these Iowans, with 79% reporting their households eat chicken weekly and 33% reporting they do so two or three times per week.  Turkey is popular even past the Thanksgiving holiday, with 23% reporting their households eat it at least weekly and 6% eating it two or three times per week.

“Despite media coverage of ‘Meatless Mondays,’ Iowans like meat,” says Craig Hill, president of IFBF.  “That makes sense because meat is a great source of protein and other nutrients to energize your body. From the results of the Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index™, we know that Iowa grocery shoppers trust farmers most when it comes to information on food safety; they can also feel good about the quality of the meat raised in Iowa.” Hill also noted that livestock farmers have responded to consumer demand for leaner protein, by providing more options than ever before.

The survey also showed that for those grocery shoppers who read labels, 50% are looking for meat ‘raised in the U.S.’ and 43% are looking for ‘raised locally’. “We know that consumers care about how their food is grown and raised, and this survey shows that Iowa grocery shoppers trust farmers,” noted Hill.

Family love at the dinner table

The Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index™ also showed that a majority of Iowa grocery shoppers who live with others eat together at home (99%), with 98% saying they do this on at least a weekly basis. Over half (51%) say they eat together on a daily basis.


The Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index™ surveyed Iowa residents between 20 and 60 years old who have primary or shared responsibility for household grocery shopping; 502 such respondents were interviewed online for this wave of research between November 21 and December 2 of 2013 by Harris Poll on behalf of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. It is the first in a semi-annual survey of Iowans to study the factors driving their food purchases. Data from the survey released early in the year show Iowa grocery shoppers are most interested in price and taste when they buy meat, poultry and dairy.

For more information on the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index™, please visit


News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 10 February 2014 15:40

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today encouraged Iowans to nominate farmers for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award who have taken voluntary actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state.  Nominations are due by June 15, 2014 and the nomination form can be found at

The award is a joint effort between the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

“We have seen great participation by farmers in the Iowa water quality initiative and these awards are an opportunity to recognize farmers that are taking steps to protect the soil and improve water quality here in Iowa,” Branstad said.

“Iowa is leading the way in working with farmers to encourage the use of voluntary, science-based practices that can improve our water quality while ensuring our farmers can continue to feed the world and power our state’s economy,” Reynolds said.

Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and adopted best management practices throughout their farming operation.  As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream.

Nominations may be submitted on a year-round basis and are due by June 15th of the year to be considered for the award. Farm owners and operators are eligible for consideration.

“Recognizing farmers who are taking the lead in conservation is a way to encourage others to consider adopting some of the same practices on their land,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and agricultural groups will review the nominations and select the winners. The recipients will be recognized at the Iowa State Fair.

The award was created in 2012 and last year 63 Iowa farm families were recognized.  Winners were presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto. Hagie Manufacturing also sponsored a recognition luncheon following the ceremony.  Last year EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the luncheon and recognized the efforts of the winners.


Lt. Gov. Simon applauds farm bill being signed into law PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Ted Nelson   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:48

CARBONDALE – Feb. 7, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama signing a new farm bill into law.

“I applaud Congress for its efforts to work together in a bipartisan fashion to pass a farm bill. After much debate, a comprehensive piece of legislation has now been signed by the President.

“As chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC), I know the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and firmly believe cuts in the farm bill to SNAP are too drastic. While this is not a perfect bill, it takes important steps to assist farmers and support programs to increase access to fresh and local foods.

“I am pleased to see support for a Hunger-Free Communities Incentives Grant that provides incentives for SNAP recipients to buy local food. The grant provision is a win for consumers, who will be able to increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a win for farmers, who should enjoy increased revenues. Illinois should follow this lead and seek these matching funds.”


USDA to Release New Long Term Agricultural Projections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:45

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release new 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2023 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets here.

USDA publishes the projections each year in February. The projections are developed by interagency committees in USDA, with the Economic Research Service (ERS) having the lead role in the preparation of the report. The new projections cover crop and livestock commodities, agricultural trade and aggregate indicators, such as farm income, through 2023. The projections do not represent a USDA forecast, but a conditional, long-run scenario based on specific assumptions about farm policy, weather, the economy and international developments. Normal weather is assumed throughout the projection period. The projections were prepared during October through December 2013, with the 2008 Farm Act assumed to be extended and remain in effect through the projection period. Therefore, the projections do not reflect the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Background on USDA's long-term projections and past issues of the report are available on the ERS website at


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News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Friday, 07 February 2014 09:01

Solutions-Oriented Manufacturer Renowned for Many Inventions, Contributions to Rural Life

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – February 6, 2014 – Those who know him best in Oskaloosa, say Gary Kelderman has a reputation of being able to tinker and fix almost anything, and make it better.  Kelderman’s start as an ambitious teenager, eager to work on cars and machinery, has grown over time into a successful Oskaloosa-based manufacturing business, with more than 25 patents and 45 employees.  In recognition of its numerous contributions to the community, Kelderman Manufacturing has been named the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) Renew Rural Iowa Award winner.

Founded in 1970 in Kelderman’s one-stall hot rod shop, the problem-solving operation has grown to a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility and is a leading supplier of innovative products for the agricultural industry.  Perhaps Kelderman’s best-known product is the Kelderman fold kit designed for the 7000 and 7200 Series John Deere planters.  “If you’re a farmer, you probably have one, and if you don’t, your neighbor probably does,” said Jeff Kelderman, who joined the family business and now runs it together with his father.  “Our products are on almost every farm,” says Kelderman, proudly.

The key to success for Kelderman Manufacturing has been the ability to innovate as needs arise.  Whether designing a way for farmers to move their heavy equipment from field to field more efficiently, inventing a reel for combines to pick up spilled corn in the field, or creating a smoother ride for large trucks, Kelderman Manufacturing continues to bring innovation to the agriculture community.  “If someone needed something made or built to make a job easier, Gary Kelderman could do it,” said Pete Fynaardt, Mahaska County Farm Bureau president.  “Kelderman Manufacturing is a real asset to the community.”

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources.  The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar takes place Tuesday March 11, 2014, at Iowa Farm Bureau’s Auditorium in West Des Moines.  For more information, go to


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