One Family, Two Views on How to Run Iowa Farm

One Family, Two Views on How to Run Iowa Farm

John Biewen

National Public Radio

It’s a good time to be a farmer in Iowa.

Corn prices, at $5.91 per bushel as of Monday, are soaring in part because of growing demand for ethanol, a corn-based fuel that the federal government supported when it passed the energy bill late last year.

And with help from chemicals and biotechnology, Iowa farmers produce 150 bushels of corn per acre, nearly double the yield in 1970, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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