Ag + Environment

Bipartisan members of Congress launch wildfire caucus

Congressional Republicans and Democrats from the West are banding together with a common interest in mitigating and responding to the increasing intensity and frequency...

Environmental groups to push lawmakers for regulations, money in battle against...

Iowa environmental groups plan to push state lawmakers for new regulations and added spending on water quality after problems with beach bacteria, farm runoff...

Sierra Club: DNR forest plan doesn’t address climate change

Iowa’s new Forest Action Plan doesn’t thoroughly address one of the top threats to Iowa’s relatively small tracts of trees — climate change —...

State: Battery storage could add $25M to Iowa’s economy

Expanding battery storage of electricity could be a boon to Iowa's economy, adding up to 595 full-time jobs and a $24 million boost to...

Five things that didn’t totally suck in 2020

During a New Year’s Eve gathering last year, my friends and I merrily shredded a 2019 calendar and said good riddance. We had every...

MidAmerican plans new subscription service with 100% renewable energy

MidAmerican Energy plans to buy a Webster County solar energy development as part of a proposed subscription service that will allow companies such as...

Ag groups praise $33B in farm-related pandemic relief aid

The $900 billion pandemic relief legislation passed by Congress late Monday includes $33 billion in aid for farms, broadband, biofuels and nutrition programs. Agriculture groups...

Iowa drops 13 spots in energy efficiency rankings

Iowa dropped 13 spots in a national ranking of states’ energy efficiency efforts, largely due to legislation that scaled back a state program, an...

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments over water quality in Raccoon River

Environmental groups that want the state to regulate farm pollution running into waterways took their arguments to the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday. Iowa Citizens...

Reports: Nearly two-thirds of Iowa still in drought after warm November

Much of western Iowa remains abnormally dry or in drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reports.  At last report, 62% of the state was dry or...
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