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ISSUE: 11/24/2014

Growing bigger


By Jennifer Carrico

The demand for locally grown food and source-verified food has led to a growing number of farmers markets across the United States.

Over the past 20 years, the national count of farmers markets has grown from 1,755 to 8,268.

Estee Nenow, owner of Farm Boys Hearty Food Company said she thinks the explosion in growth of farmers markets has been because consumers love to eat locally grown and buy locally made items.

“We’ve been participating in the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market for 12 years. It has a diverse offering of locally grown foods and locally made goods,” said Nenow. “The majority of our customers have developed relationships with market vendors.

“They know us and know that providing wholesome food to their families is as important as providing wholesome food to our families.”

The Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors. It has grown to more than 300 vendors spanning nine city blocks and attracts an average of 20,000 visitors each Saturday from July through September.

The continual growth of the market has led to the development of the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market held in Capital Square in Des Moines in November and December. The popularity of the Des Moines market has led to it being named the second best farmers market in America by The Daily Meal.


Beef industry success can continue if segments work together

By Holly Martin

There’s a great story going on in the agriculture world. It’s one of an industry that faced some pretty tough challenges but began to turn its focus in a different direction, and thereby turning the story into a success story.

The beef industry could be what you called weighed-down by a variety of factors 30 years ago, says Nevil Speer. Speer is vice president of U.S. operations for Agri-Clear and holds a PhD in animal science.

Speer was a part of a day-long Angus University at the American Angus Association National Convention and Trade Show held recently in Kansas City, Missouri. The program was modeled after High Plains Journal’s Story of a Steak series, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, that also aired as a television series on the Angus Report.

“What a great story that we have to tell about entrepreneurialism,” Speer said. “It’s business success and grit.”






Kansas officials ask EPA to retract waters of the U.S. proposal

Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Ag Secretary Jackie McClaskey and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Bob Moser signed and sent a letter rece

American Gelbvieh Association releases Maternal Edge Female Profile

The American Gelbvieh Association is excited to announce the release of the Maternal Edge Female Profile for producers to use on commercial female

Exotic cervidae owners encouraged to register animals

Protecting animals from potential disease outbreaks is the motivation behind a new rule requiring owners of exotic cervidae species to register with the Oklahoma Department o

Kansans explore cattle marketing opportunities in South America

After traveling for hours by air to reach Argentina and Uruguay, a group of Kansas cattlemen found the scenery out their window to look strikingly similar

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