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Progress Agriculture 2019

Calhoun County ag instructors find a way to give a hoot

MANSON — Two Calhoun County ag ed instructors are having a hoot while helping out first-year ag ed teachers. Brian Lantz, ag ed teacher and FFA advisor at South Central Calhoun, and Doug Gaul, ag ed teacher and FFA advisor at Manson Northwest Webster, have been working together the past ...

Evolution of ethanol

It’s incredible the different ways corn can be used, from feeding livestock to feeding the world to making shoes and fuel. Ethanol has come a long ways since it first took root in Iowa and has become incredibly important to the state’s economy. “What you’re seeing over the course ...

Prinsco: Agricultural tile

Installing agricultural tile is a large part of making better use of the farmland we have. Prinsco, a water management solutions company with several locations across the Midwest and California, takes pride in the claim they are the industry leader in agricultural water management ...

American Pop Corn Company: Jolly Time

SIOUX CITY — The history of popcorn dates back to the first Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until almost 300 years later the first steps at making it one of America’s favorite snacks began with the start up of the American Pop Corn Co. The American Pop Corn Co. and its only brand, Jolly ...

Agronomy Rx: Expert advice

WEBSTER CITY — When Larry Eekhoff, founder of Agronomy Rx, became a Certified Crop Advisor in 1994, it was merely a stepping stone in the pursuit of his life-long passion for agriculture and the people caring for the land. This month, the Iowa Certified Crop Advisors recognized Eekhoff ...

Brokaw: Perpetual growth

FORT DODGE — Any mention of Brokaw Supply to growers over a cup of coffee at the local haunt in north central Iowa and talk often turns to anhydrous applicators, Apache sprayers and strip-till bars. True, the local agribusiness carries a myriad of custom fertilizer applicators; serves ...

Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Award presented at Agribusiness Showcase

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced two agribusinesses and two Certified Crop Advisers as recipients of the Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Award for Conservation. Naig recognized businesses Montag Manufacturing of Emmetsburg, Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and ...

Iowa State University: New Research facilty

AMES — A new research building has been built on the north end of the Iowa State University campus, the result of an $88 million project designated for bioscience facility improvements. The Advanced Teaching and Research Building (ATRB) is a new state of the art research facility that ...

Dordt College of Agriculture: Forced to expand

SIOUX CENTER — With the addition of new curriculum, degrees and a rise in student body numbers, the Dordt College of Agriculture has been forced to expand with plans in place for further improvement and growth. Gary De Vries, instructor of agriculture and agriculture department chair for ...

Seed-to-table learning

GILMORE CITY — Step into the lunch room of the 1940s-vintage elementary school in Gilmore City around noon, and be prepared for a steady patter of tennis shoes, the low roar of children’s voices echoing from the doorway to the stage, and enthusiastic comments like, “Yeah, carrots” ...

Iowa Central: Looking to the future

Whether it be advances in precision agriculture, animal science, crop production or other educational areas within the realm of agriculture, professors Mike Richards and Mike Robertson with Iowa Central Community College’s agricultural technology program are doing what it takes to keep ...

Clay County Fair: Built on dreams, tradition

SPENCER — If not for the big dreams of a group of people more than a century ago, the Clay County Fair may never have achieved the title of “World’s Greatest County Fair.” The fair only came about in September 1918 after the community took part in various homestead era fairs, ag ...

Clay County Fair: Rooted in the past; looks to the future

SPENCER — There are many aspects of the Clay County Fair that should not make sense, according to Jeremy Parsons, manager and CEO of the fair. Those same aspects probably should have been more detrimental to the fair’s success over the years. And yet, the fair is going as strong as ...

Iowa State University Meat Lab

AMES — Ever wonder why a meat locker is called a “locker?” “The first home freezers, known as deep freezers, appeared during the 1940s but did not go into mass production until after World War II,” said Dr. Joe Cordray, an Iowa State University Extension meat specialist and ...

Clarion Locker: ‘Doing big things’

CLARION — Manie and Elmarie Nel, owners of the Clarion Locker are practically a world away from their home country of South Africa. They put in a lot of time and effort into running their business. And they wouldn’t want it any other way. “I love living in small town Iowa,” Elmarie ...

National Restaurant Association

People eat out for various reasons and find themselves in different places in life, and it all contributes to restaurant owners looking at changing their menu offerings to give people more of what they want. Jessica Dunker, president and chief executive officer of the Iowa Restaurant ...

Burke Manufacturing Corporation: Open for expansion

NEVADA — A Story County business that has its meat toppings distributed across the entire country recently announced an expansion of its Nevada-based facility. Burke Manufacturing Corporation, which creates meat products that are put on frozen pizzas, announced a plan in 2018 to expand ...

New Cooperative continues to grow

Careful consideration and lots of strategizing is what it takes to keep growing a cooperative. NEW Cooperative, Inc., which is made up more than 40 locations, continues to see growth, even in times of an agricultural economic downturn. Whether it is within their feed division, agronomy ...

Prestage: Opening soon

EAGLE GROVE — The hiring push is underway for Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new state-of-the art pork plant, south of Eagle Grove. “We are actively hiring employees right now,” Jere Null, the company’s chief operating officer, said. “We will be interviewing this week, next week, and ...

Renewable Energy Group, LLC

RALSTON — It’s one thing to use biodiesel in an individual farmer’s fleet of farm equipment and trucks. It’s another to use it in a massive fleet of vehicles. For Des Moines-based Ruan Transportation, the decision to use biodiesel from the Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REG), ...