“Why I Returned Home” with Iowa Pork Producers Consumer Outreach Director Kelsey Byrnes

By Tia Snyder, sales and communications intern, Agriculture runs deep for Kelsey Byrnes, the consumer outreach director at the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). Byrnes grew up in rural Wellman, Iowa, helping take care of pigs and other chores on her family’s farm. Her childhood on a farm solidified her hard work ethic and led to […]


Iowa State University Startup Factory announces its sixth cohort, program successes to-date

The following article was initially published on Jan. 22, 2019 via ISU Startup Factory. AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2019) – The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced its sixth cohort of entrepreneurs entering the Iowa State-based program. Twelve teams joined the program, starting with an evening kick-off reception held Thursday evening at the ISU Alumni Center, […]


Iowa Pig Farmers Create New Business Developments, Business Growth

By Billi Hunt, Executive Director, In the nation’s leading pork producing state, it isn’t a surprise that the Iowa Pork Congress is one of the best-attended meetings and trade shows.  Today, more than 5,000 farmers, veterinarians, researchers and industry professionals will come together in Des Moines for training, networking and policy setting. The 6,000 […]


Taking ag tech to a wider audience

The following article was initially posted on Jan. 23, 2019 via Wallaces Farmer. A trip to Las Vegas was an eye opener both for the tech seen, and the audience’s ag knowledge The display was a standout. The largest single piece of equipment graced the south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 20-tons […]


Iowa generates 365 million gallons of biodiesel

The following article was initially posted on Jan. 2, 2018 via The Gazette.  State makes up 20 percent of U.S. production Iowa produced some 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said Thursday, a boost of some 80 million gallons from the year before. The state’s biodiesel production is expected […]