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Agriculture

Local UAW 838 members part of strike at Deere Waterloo Works

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 838 who live in Tama and Grundy counties and work for John Deere Waterloo Works were part of the more than 10,000 Deere union workers in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas who went on strike at midnight on Thursday, October 14 after the tractor ...

When all else fails, put a kiko goat on it

Hiring out a herd of goats for weed management has led to big business for one Tama County farmer. Adam Ledvina, 30, of Chelsea owns and operates Iowa Kiko Goats and Blue Collar Goatscaping — respectively a commercial breeding and meat goat business combined with a prescribed goat grazing ...

Butchery program will give meat processors tools they need for growth

The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to see the recent launch of a new program intended to strengthen Iowa’s food supply chain and rural economies. Applications for the new Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Program are now being accepted. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to ...

Area farmers reap the benefits of warm, mild fall

As it stands now, the 2021 grain harvest in Tama County is shaping up to be a successful one thanks to a warm and mild autumn — a welcome change from the harvest of 2020 which took place in the wake of the devastating August 10 derecho. Ryan Vavroch and his young family farm in rural ...

Reinbeck 4-H helps pack meals

Twelve Reinbeck 4-H youth and six adult 4-H volunteers gathered at the United Church of Christ in Reinbeck on September 25 to package meals for the hungry which were distributed to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, and local food pantries in Reinbeck, Gladbrook and Traer. The Reinbeck ...

A salute to bees, their keepers and all things honey

For a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, honey cannot be beat. September was National Honey Month — first celebrated in 1989 by the National Honey Board — a time when many honey producers and beekeepers across the United States collect their final extraction of the season and begin to ...

T-55 FFA learning and growing in Sept.

On Sept. 27 students from the T-55 FFA organization traveled to the farm of Jack and Marion Boyer south of Reinbeck for an educational service project. During the August 2020 derecho, the Boyers lost a sizable amount of trees that acted as a windbreak on their property. A total of 20 ...

Reinbeck Farmer’s Market yields bountiful season

Throughout the summer shoppers in the Reinbeck area have enjoyed a weekly farmer’s market that takes place each Saturday on Broad Street in Reinbeck. The market was founded in 2019 and returned to full operation this summer after a much more limited offering in 2020. One of the key ...

Tama Co. farm hosts cover crop event

The Tama County chapter of the Women, Land and Legacy organization returned to action this week for their 39th event in Tama County since their founding in 2007. The group, which is a USDA education and outreach program seeking to empower female landowners and farmers, normally holds four ...

Pioneer Fair coming to Morrison Sept. 12

The Annual Pioneer Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, Sept.12 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Grundy County Heritage Museum Grounds at 204 4th St. in Morrison, Iowa. Plan now for a day of good family fun. Admission and all activities are free of charge. Food and vendor items will be ...