farm exports http://hppr.org en 100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to farm economy http://hppr.org/post/100-years-panama-canal-still-vital-farm-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy. Nearly a century-old, the canal today remains an important connector of global trade, from the U.S. heartland to Asia.</span></p><p>“Obviously it’s one of our major achievements,” said Bill Angrick, a former state Ombudsman of Iowa who was born in the Canal Zone and has studied the engineering marvel. “It’s like going to the moon. It’s something we did well and did right.”</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:01:02 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 34216 at http://hppr.org 100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to farm economy Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs http://hppr.org/post/vilsack-china-get-speed-gmos <p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week to ask Chinese regulators to get on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to evaluating genetically modified crops.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:49:43 +0000 Grant Gerlock 25711 at http://hppr.org Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs Sure beats shipping containers back empty: a growing ag export opportunity http://hppr.org/post/sure-beats-shipping-containers-back-empty-growing-ag-export-opportunity <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it&rsquo;s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.</span></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 03:09:51 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 22992 at http://hppr.org Sure beats shipping containers back empty: a growing ag export opportunity