Ag + Environment

Utility regulators might close investigation into wind turbine disposal

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Iowa Utilities Board is set to conclude its investigation into the disposal of old wind turbines now that a prominent blade stockpile has been removed and other state officials are monitoring the situation. “In light of those circumstances that have occurred, staff will be recommending to the board that that docket be closed at […]

Missouri Independent, Midwest Newsroom co-hosting community discussion on lead

BY: - August 17, 2022

By Staff Reports, Missouri Independent A study released last year found that more than 80% of Missouri children had some level of lead in their blood. Across the Midwest, in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the data painted a similar picture — children with elevated levels of lead in their blood far above the national average. […]

Utilities board to proceed with pipeline permit scheduling

BY: - August 16, 2022

State regulators are poised to hold a scheduling conference that will guide the rest of the permit process for Summit Carbon Solutions, which seeks to build about 680 miles of liquid carbon pipeline in the state. An Iowa Utilities Board attorney said during a Tuesday board meeting that a proposed order is forthcoming. The meeting […]

USDA: Crop conditions worsened significantly last week in Iowa

BY: - August 15, 2022

The percentage of Iowa’s corn and soybeans rated good or excellent declined at least 7 points last week, the largest such drop this year amid worsening drought conditions, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. The latest USDA report on Monday said 66% of the state’s corn and 63% of soybeans were good or excellent, […]

Rural restaurant fined for failing to report water tests

BY: - August 15, 2022

An eastern Iowa restaurant that uses a very shallow well that is highly susceptible to contamination has failed for months to report the daily test results of the water it serves its customers, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Newt’s Café, in Nichols, avoided a fine from the department in February for its […]

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

BY: - August 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has […]

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U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Iowa State Fair’s Big Boar Contest has only 2 entries amid soaring inflation, heat

BY: - August 12, 2022

It’s possible that the cost to feed giant pigs was too much. Or maybe the summer’s unrelenting heat made those 1,000-plus-pound bruisers lose their appetites. Either way, there were just two entries in the Iowa State Fair’s Big Boar Contest this year — the smallest number in at least two decades, according to Ernie Barnes, […]

Drought conditions worsen in southern Iowa

BY: - August 11, 2022

The dryness of southern Iowa continues to expand with little chance for rain in the next 10 days. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s report on Thursday shows that moderate drought now stretches entirely from the state’s western border to its eastern border and that severe drought has gripped central portions of that area. Less than a […]

Trailer park residents say they didn’t know about toxins in their water

BY: - August 10, 2022

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Residents of a southeast Iowa mobile home park have not been notified by the park’s owner that their water supply is contaminated by toxic “forever chemicals” that were first detected by state tests early this year, according to several of those residents. The results of those tests of Kammerer Mobile Home Park […]

Storm Lake hauls 1,600 pounds of dead carp to landfill

BY: - August 9, 2022

The herpes outbreak at Storm Lake in northwest Iowa that has killed thousands of carp in recent weeks resulted in a pungent problem for city leaders: How would they rid the shoreline of rotting fish carcasses? The most efficient way to expedite the decay would involve shoving them back into the water, but that would […]

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State attorneys general support new poultry rule but question oversight

BY: - August 9, 2022

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. “One of the many reasons it’s tough for small poultry farmers — and small farmers of all kinds — to afford […]