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Evening Edition | Friday, October 28, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about the drought's expansion this week, methane mitigation, senators' support of family farms, and top stories this week.

Drought

More than six of every 10 acres in the continental United States is in drought, with arid conditions stretching from the Appalachians to the Pacific Coast, said the weekly Drought Monitor on Thursday. 

“The extent of dry conditions is on par with 2012, as drought expanded this week across more than half of the U.S. states, particularly in the Midwest and Southeast,” said the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska on social media.

Find out more about the forecasted weather from meteorologists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Methane Mitigation

Editor Chelsea Dinterman reports on the role of methane in livestock production and climate discussions.

Dinterman writes, "As conversations around agriculture and climate change continue, Frank Mitloehner, a University of California, Davis, air quality Extension specialist, says it’s not too late for cattle to be part of the solution."

Learn about the research and technologies that can support the sector in the article linked below.

Support for Family Farming

Family farms are essential to the economies of rural Iowa. Both of Iowa's candidates for the U.S. Senate agree on this, but they differ on how to ensure the farms’ long-term viability.

Longtime U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, said a strong federal safety net for farmers and trade policies that benefit their exported products are most important.

Read on for the Democratic challenger, retired Navy Admiral Mike Franker's perspective.

Top Stories This week

A central Iowa cattle confinement's outdoor stockpile of manure was repeatedly washed by rain into a nearby creek over the course of about a year, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Read about the history of complaints and the recent fine in the article below.

Global Processing, Inc. in Kanawha, IA, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the State of Iowa, effective Oct. 24, 2022. 

The company holds grain dealer and warehouse licenses in Iowa, which were suspended earlier this month. Read all about it in the article linked below.

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