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Farmland near Marengo, Iowa, has a layer of foliage in the topsoil protecting the subsoil. Nov. 9, 2015.

Iowa’s Topsoil In Sloped Areas Eroding Far Faster Than Desired

Growing up, Ann Wolf didn’t frequent her grandfather’s eastern Iowa farm. In reality, nobody in her family ever lived on the 296 acres. But over the past 17 years, Wolf’s relationship with the land has changed. No longer is the Miles, Iowa, farm simply a land investment. Read the story on
Now, she sees the land as a part of nature, and makes decisions about her farm accordingly.

In the United States, the vast majority of corn is grown from genetically engineered seed. Here, a central Illinois Farmer harvests his corn crop.

Opinion: For GMOs, European Union is the last great frontier

American agribusiness giants such as Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland would likely love to sell GMO corn and soybean seeds to European producers, but for decades European nations – led primarily by France and Germany – have stonewalled prospective efforts by persuading their citizens that GMO's are unsafe, unhealthy and generally un-European.

A central Illinois farmer works late during harvest time on Sept. 14, 2015.

Opinion: Proposed trade deal a ‘political football’

In trade circles, it is simply known as the TPP — that's Trans-Pacific Partnership. And it is the largest free trade deal in terms of gross domestic product that the United States has negotiated since the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.