Des Moines is 2019′s No. 10 Best State Capital to Live In

The following article was initially released on Feb. 19, 2019 via WalletHub. By Adam McCann, Financial Writer State capitals aren’t just for lawmaking. Often, they’re thriving cities with a lot of economic and cultural value. In fact, they can be some of the best places to live in America. But not all state capitals are […]


Celebrate National FFA Week!

By Billi Hunt, Executive Director, It is National FFA Week!  As more than 15,400 members across 242 student chapters in Iowa kick off activities in schools and communities across the state, it is the perfect time to reflect on how strong youth leadership programs can drive innovation in Iowa agriculture. For 90 years, Iowa […]

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Why Everyone Is Moving (Back) to Iowa — And You Might Want to Join Them

The following article was initially published on Feb. 11, 2019 via Livability. More and more Iowans who left their home state are finding their way back, and their reasons might convince you to join them. By Winona Dimeo-Ediger There’s a delightfully irreverent gift shop based in Des Moines called Raygun where you can buy t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like, […]


“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 […]