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Then Versus Now: What do you recall about the summers of your youth? [COMMENTARY]

What do you recall about the summers of your youth?  When I think of the summer of 1978, I remember bean walking with my ‘Girl Crew’ at dawn, trying to get a field done before the mid-day heat found us.   Even though it wasn’t a pleasant job walking the fields, we persevered through 102-degree heat, rain, blisters and the relentless chase of horseflies because we shared a common goal: to get a little spending money we could spend with parental impunity.  I have many memories of those bean walking days, and the days spent with friends still bring a...

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This Year’s World Pork Expo Was “One for the Record Books”

Seeking out new ideas, information and innovations, more than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attended the 29th World Pork Expo, June 7-9, in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the 2017 Expo hosted more than 1,000 international guests from nearly 40 countries. Highlights included the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, a wide variety of educational seminars and another barn-busting Junior National swine show. Iowa’s summer weather provided a pleasant backdrop for the allied industry hospitality tents that lined the streets of the Iowa State Fairgrounds, as well as a relaxing...

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Spies In The Field: As Farming Goes High-Tech, Espionage Threat Grows

The theft of agricultural trade secrets is a growing problem, according to the FBI. As a group of visiting scientists prepared to board a plane in Hawaii that would take them back home to China, U.S. customs agents found rice seeds in their luggage. Those seeds are likely to land at least one scientist in federal prison. Agriculture today is a high-tech business, but as that technology has developed, so has the temptation to take shortcuts and steal trade secrets that could unlock huge profits. The FBI calls agricultural economic espionage “a growing threat” and some are worried that biotech piracy...

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Drought Could Expand Its Grip on North Central US, According to Meteorologist

AccuWeather reports drought conditions over the northern Plains may expand across more of the north-central United States as the summer progresses. Most summer rainfall over the U.S. Great Plains is produced by large complexes of thunderstorms during the summer. An anticipated weather pattern this summer may have these storms taking a path around, rather than through the region. “We expect a large area of high pressure to become a semi-permanent feature over the Central states this summer,” according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok. A high pressure area is a large, mainly dry weather system that spins clockwise. When...

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Schweiss Door’s Interlocking High R-Value Insulated Panels

Schweiss Doors figured out a better way to insulate your bifold and hydraulic doors. The Schweiss interlocking insulated panels can be installed quickly and are cost effective solutions for door owners, contractors and installers, leaving the end-user with a well-insulated, high R-value door that has a super nice glossy white cleanable and durable finish that withstands the elements. These cost-efficient and eye appealing interior lightweight durable panels with interlocking edges fasten to the exterior of the doorframe cutting down installation time and they provide a fully insulated thermal barrier, adding look of your door. The lightweight insulated panels are...

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