Yet another sign of the global reach of rural farmers and ranchers: The Iowa Farm Bureau will visit China for a market study tour it says will help more Midlands farmers and livestock producers reach millions of newly middle-class customers. The group is still organizing the trip to Iowa’s No. 4 agricultural export market, but it makes no secret of its long-term aim to sell more Midlands corn, beans and pork in China.
Kudos to the Omaha Police Department and its investigators for their hard work in clearing murder cases last year. With a rate of 78 percent, police cleared nearly twice as many homicides in 2013 as the year before.