Ag + Environment

Bipartisan bill would allow farmers to pay rent with PPP

U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer on Thursday introduced legislation to allow farmers to use money from a key pandemic-related federal aid package to pay for rentals...

DNR: Public water supplies had 120 health standard violations in ’19

A new state report on Iowa drinking water supplies details 120 health standard violations and 520 monitoring violations among the state’s 1,855 public water...

COVID’s effect on Iowa’s gaming industry is still uncertain

Gambling revenues in Iowa are expected to show an estimated $300 million decline for the just-ended fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state...

Judge’s order shuts down Dakota Access pipeline pending review

In a major victory for environmentalists and Native American tribes, a federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and...

Who were the winners and losers of the 2020 legislative session?

The 2020 legislative session was historic mainly for 11 weeks of inaction as the session was suspended due to COVID-19.  Even so, lawmakers racked...

Reynolds adds $7 million in biofuels aid, extends tax credits

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday added $7 million in federal aid to the state's $3 million biofuels infrastructure program. She also signed legislation...

Ernst, Grassley join flared-up fight over ethanol

Backers of Iowa’s ethanol industry are fighting a federal government effort to exempt more small refineries from buying the corn-based fuel while also pushing...

REAP lives on, but for how long?

Backers of a highly popular Iowa program that pays for trails and park expansions want to make the initiative permanent. The Legislature this year extended...

Could China’s strategic pork reserve be a model for the US?

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, we became accustomed to face-masked shoppers, social distancing and one-way aisles at the grocery store. But most...

Lawmakers: Trump’s environmental rollbacks threaten minority communities

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the...
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