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Exploring a whole new world

It seems like a basic question, one that makes perfect sense for a farmer to ask during the “I Am Ag” career day at the East Sac Middle School in Sac City. But the answers are sometimes shocking. “I asked the kids, ‘What do you hear about farmers?’” said Gary Langbein, a Sac ...

Bringing the Mojo

BRITT — When Jared and Katie Wingert, owners of Mojo Productions, attend an event to provide the music and DJ services, they do a lot more than just play songs. They get their Mojo going and get their Mojo on. “You’re the master of ceremonies,” Jared Wingert said. “You’re ...

To the rescue

The very tops of houses peek through the murky water, people’s belongings floating inside the once-livable homes. Grain housed in submerged steel bins spills out onto the ground, completely ruined. Countless livestock drowned. The slowly receding floodwaters reveal just how devastating ...

Tops in customer service

Home builder Eric Doyle has been providing customized, “panelized” homes with a quick turnaround for almost four years now in Fort Dodge. This year he’s been recognized for his high customer satisfaction. Doyle was presented with the “Voice of the Customer” award at the annual ...

The soybean gall midge

AMES — Is it a fungal infection? Is it a pest? Is it both? Oftentimes it can be a difficult diagnosis when something is attacking soybeans. To add injury to insult, there is a new pest that soybean producers in Iowa need to be aware of heading into the 2019 growing season. The soybean ...

Pulled Pork’s Sweet 16 is underway

CLIVE — Sixteen Iowa restaurants are now in the brackets for a full-on competition to find Iowa’s best pulled pork sandwich. The month-long contest sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) mimics the March Madness college basketball tournament craze and will follow the same ...

Sit back and relax

There’s a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sit back and relax’ at Fort 8 Theatre, 1417 Central Ave. All eight auditoriums at the Cinema Entertainment Corporation theatre are being remodeled with brand new Palliser leather reclining seats — 478 of them. Auditoriums No. 1 and No. ...

Johnson wins award for Backpack Buddies

Mike Johnson, co-owner of Calvert & Johnson Insurance Services, has received an award for his work with Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma and its Backpack Buddies program. West Bend Mutual Insurance presented its Spirit of the Silver Lining Award to Johnson this week, and also made a $10,000 ...

Connecting farmland owners with farmland seekers

The website FindAFarmer.net, which is managed by Practical Farmers of Iowa, recently underwent a redesign in order to better serve landowners and land seekers. Steve Carlson, next generation coordinator at PFI, said FindAFarmer.net was launched in 2011 on a much smaller scale and has been ...

SMCH to sell Community Pharmacies

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital has agreed to sell Community Pharmacies — the hospital’s retail pharmacies located in Lake City, Lake View, Rockwell City, and Gowrie, according to a press release from Stewart Memorial Hospital. Pharma340, of Coralville, will buy ...

Scents that bring smiles

MANSON — What started as a class project became a career for Janis Miller, of Manson. Miller was a student in the accounting program at Iowa Central Community College when she and three other students were tasked with marketing a product. That product was scented candles. “We sold ...

Markets falter in response to China, Mexico export news

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted the news that Chinese officials planned to purchase 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. What he referred to as a “good faith” gesture occurred during trade talks between the two countries, and Perdue said it was an indication of “more ...

Aristocrats, or entrepreneurs?

I never knew I was an aristocrat. Yet that’s how I was being described, along with anyone else whose family has a Century Farm or has farmed land in Iowa for multiple generations. It happened during a recent Story County Board of Supervisors meeting in February. I wasn’t there, but a ...

Online calving management resource now available

AMES— In the beef industry, calving management is critical to production and profitability of the cow herd. Proper care prior to and at calving can help reduce incidence of dystocia, and also minimize deleterious impacts should dystocia occur. Knowing how to prepare, what to do and not do, ...

THE ACE OF FADES

Jericho Habben was in seventh grade the first time he picked up some clippers and cut someone else’s hair. “My friends needed a haircut,” Habben, of Fort Dodge, said from his barbershop, Ace of Fades, recently. “I tried my best, but I think it was the best a seventh-grader could ...

Raising cattle indoors

LINDEN — Five years ago, Chad and Amy Wilkerson, of rural Linden, decided to try something new on their farm. The chance they took has paid off significantly for them. “Eight years ago, we attended a calving under roof seminar at the race track in Newton and were very intrigued,” ...

Applications open for Titan’s antique tractor restoration program

DES MOINES —Titan International, Inc. (Titan) is now accepting applications for their annual antique tractor restoration program. National FFA and 4-H student members can register online to qualify for a set of Titan or Goodyear Farm Tire branded antique tractor tires. Titan has awarded ...

Double vision

When identical twins Hailey and Macey Lewis traded places during grade school, the trickery didn’t work out quite as planned. “We switched up one time,” Macey Lewis said. “Just once.” The sisters were fourth-graders at Manson Northwest Webster at the time. All seemed good ...

Crop insurance 101

The March 15 deadline for signing up for crop insurance for the 2019 growing season is quickly approaching. In order to help those be better informed on understanding crop insurance policies, the Center for Rural Affairs recently hosted a series of webinars regarding the subject. Anna ...

Hog trailers to humidors

AUDUBON — Step into the new Waspy’s truck stop in Audubon along Highway 71, and it feels more like an upscale corner grocery than a convenience store, from the coolers of fresh produce and healthy snacks at one end to the walk-in “spirits den” filled with wine, liquor and a humidor for ...