Briefs

Expand, streamline programs for rural development, task forces say

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Empower Rural Iowa Initiative has approved recommendations for legislation intended to help build the economy in Iowa’s smaller communities.    No overall cost estimate for the recommendations was reported. Gov. Kim Reynolds established three task forces by executive order in July 2018. Iowa has struggled to keep its rural communities healthy as many Iowans moved […]

Iowa AG joins petition seeking Supreme Court review of ACA ruling

BY: - January 7, 2020

Miller is joining the nationwide request from 20 other governors and attorneys general to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on Dec. 18 that upheld the ACA’s individual mandate as unconstitutional.

Now’s the time to have your say about hemp

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting comments on hemp production in Iowa. You have until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to make your point. Iowa has asked federal agriculture officials for permission to allow hemp production in a state known more for corn, soybeans and hay. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must […]

State parks start centennial with record crowd

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ First Day Hikes kicked off the state parks’ 2020 centennial celebration with a record 4,358 hikers at 49 parks. Last year’s walks drew 1,400.  The biggest crowd at a single park in this, the event’s ninth year, came at Walnut Woods with 410 hikers.  DNR rangers attributed mild weather […]