Times may be tough for Iowa farmers, but planting was "gorgeous"

May 28, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checked in with Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes.
April Hemmes on her farm in 2019.
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Tariff land: How farmers in Iowa are dealing with the trade war

Dec 12, 2019
China was the United States’ biggest customer of soybeans, but the trade war changed that.
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Iowa farmers' trade war reality

Sep 24, 2018
China and Canada were once two of the state's best customers. Iowa's agriculture secretary has some ideas about what to do next.
Corn grows on a farm near Tipton, Iowa.
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In a U.S.-China trade dispute, Iowa farmers may be the bargaining chips

Apr 5, 2018
With the announced Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports, things are looking pretty tough if you’re a farmer, and more so if you’re a farmer in Iowa. Five of the state’s central agriculture products — soybeans, corn, ethanol, beef and pork…

Reinventing the rural health care system

Feb 2, 2018
A new report outlines the challenges the health care system in rural communities faces.
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Bills in two states push to eliminate tenure

Jan 27, 2017
Missouri's would stop tenure for new hires starting next year. Iowa's would revoke tenure for all professors.
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Jeb Bush spent $2,800 per vote in Iowa and came in 6th

Feb 2, 2016
He outspent all the other GOP candidates in Iowa, but only brought in about 5000 votes
Jeb Bush addresses an audience of supporters on January 29, 2016 in Sioux City, Iowa.
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Iowa farm the latest to suffer bird flu's toll

Apr 21, 2015
Up to about 5 million hens will have be euthanized due to the outbreak.

Outside groups launch ground game in Iowa

Oct 28, 2014
In Iowa, in addition to blizzards of TV ads, outside groups are knocking on doors.