Ag + Environment

Study: U.S. pork, beef plants more than doubled local COVID-19 infection...

The presence of a meatpacking plant more than doubled U.S. counties' COVID-19 infection rates, according to a new study. The beef, pork and poultry processors...

House eyes money for park projects, post-derecho tree planting

The Iowa House is looking to increase spending on state parks and to help replant Iowa's trees after the devastating August derecho. The House...

Survey: Iowans willing to pay for cleaner lakes

Iowans would consider paying for cleaner water if someone had a good idea how to accomplish that, a study found. But most of Iowans surveyed...

Iowa scientists: Climate change will bring floods, drought and supercharged ragweed

Iowa is in for a challenging mix of super-ragweed, floods, damaged crops and drought as the globe warms, three scientists said Tuesday. The researchers appeared...

State OKs manure-spreading near trout streams

The state has approved plans for a large northeast Iowa cattle feedlot in an environmentally sensitive area that includes some of the state’s trout...

Biden administration mum so far on returning gray wolves to endangered...

A controversial decision in the last months of the Trump administration to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list led to a massive...

Scientists find ‘forever chemicals’ near CR airport, push for widespread testing

A team of University of Iowa scientists has found toxic “forever chemicals” in private wells near the Cedar Rapids airport and expects to find...

Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure

President Joe Biden's sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important...

Lawmakers work to soften governor’s controversial biofuels bill

An Iowa House committee approved a retooled version of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ controversial biofuels mandate proposal on Wednesday. Fuel retailers rallied against Reynolds’ initial proposal,...

Iowa attorney general asks U.S. Supreme Court to block biofuels exemptions

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Wednesday he and seven other attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to side with biofuels interests...
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