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Agriculture

Beef Team celebrates busy year

The Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team held its Annual Banquet on Sunday, November 7. Attendees were entertained with a video capturing 2021 activities and a tribute to the graduating high school seniors. During 2021, members helped the Iowa Beef Industry Council with the Baby’s First Bites campaign, ...

UAW strike ends at Deere Waterloo Works

Early Thursday morning last week, dozens if not hundreds of Tama/Grundy County United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 838 members employed at John Deere Waterloo Works laced up their boots for the first time in five weeks to head north to report for work. The strike was over. Back on October 14, ...

Record harvest on the horizon

Diane Caloud — operating a 1977 IH combine — works to bring in the last of her corn harvest just east of Clutier on Thursday, November 4 following several delays this fall including equipment breakdowns, weather, and a death in the family. Done with beans entirely, Caloud said she had about ...

Tama County Women, Land & Legacy to host upcoming event

Join Tama County Women, Land & Legacy for its upcoming event, “Organic Farming for Home Gardeners.” It will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at the Traer Public Library’s Kupka Cultural Center, 531 Second Street in Traer. Registration and dessert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event ...

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 ...

Sebetka rides in NBHA event in Toledo

Shanin Sebetka of Traer brings her horse around a barrel at the Iowa National Barrel Horse Association District 3 competition on Oct. 10. Lewis was among several competitors from an 18-county region throughout northeast Iowa competing over two days at the Ridge Riders Arena in Toledo. Photo by ...

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 ...

Area farmers reap 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 ...

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 ...

Morrison named to Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

While not a 4-H member herself, 4-H is in the blood of Tama County 2021 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee Judy Morrison. Her father’s aunt, Olive Lyons, was the teacher at the country school near Clarion where the 4-H emblem was born. Judy’s father was a club leader for many years. All three of her ...