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Technology – Not Regulation – Is Answer to Water Quality By: 01/19/2015 @ 2:30pm

The decision by Des Moines Water Works to sue three northern Iowa counties has brought out opposition from several individuals and groups insisting regulation is not the…

Mixed Offering for Agriculture By: 01/21/2015 @ 5:08pm

Like most State of the-Union addresses, Tuesday’s message from President Barack Obama to Congress had only  a…

Obama Calls For Trade Growth, Infrastructure Improvements in SOTU By: 01/20/2015 @ 9:18pm

The expansion of the sales of U.S.-produced goods overseas comprised the primary ag-related theme in President Barack…

Cheap Oil Pressures Ethanol By: 01/16/2015 @ 5:03pm

Consumers and many economists welcome cheap oil and gasoline. If you’ve had the feeling that all of this isn’t good for agriculture, you may be right.The ethanol industry is seeing margins fall right along…

Vilsack Signs Conservation Partnerships By: 01/14/2015 @ 9:21pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a watershed near Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday to announce more than 100 projects nationwide through the 2014 Farm Bill’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program…

Ag Coalition Seeks End to Cuba Embargo By: 01/08/2015 @ 3:28pm

Major U.S. farm groups, Cargill, and CoBank were among nearly 30 organizations that launched the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba in Washington Thursday.The new group drew support from Agriculture Secretary…

Iowa Water Facility Plans Suit Over Ag Nitrate Runoff By: 01/07/2015 @ 9:14am

On Thursday afternoon, the board of trustees of the Des Moines Water Works will convene to determine whether or not to file a lawsuit against three crop- and livestock-heavy counties in northwest Iowa stemming…

Harkin Reflects on Long, Productive Career By: 12/22/2014 @ 12:43pm

As the lame duck session of the U.S. Senate drew to a close last week, Iowa’s retiring Democratic Senator, Tom Harkin, took a few minutes to look back at his 40-year career in Congress. From the very…

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