Ag + Environment

DM Water Works forced to use nitrate-removal system for first time since 2017

BY: - June 9, 2022

Elevated nitrate concentrations in its water supply has forced the Des Moines Water Works to begin operating its nitrate-removal system for the first time in five years. Des Moines Water Works utilizes various filtration procedures to manage issues, including nitrates, with its source water in order to provide safe drinking water to 600,000 central Iowans. […]

State approves $1.5M for a dozen trail, park projects

BY: - June 9, 2022

The state’s Natural Resource Commission approved a dozen federally funded grants Thursday that total about $1.5 million for public recreational trails, conservation areas and parks. The money comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Last week, the Department of the Interior announced Iowa would get about $3.4 million this year from the fund. […]

Clarion shop fined $10K for stockpiles of junk tires

BY: - June 7, 2022

A Clarion automotive shop illegally moved hundreds of junk tires to an employee’s acreage after being told by state regulators to dispose of them, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hanson and Sons Tire, which first registered with the state in 2009, was the subject of an anonymous complaint in 2014 that it […]

With planting ‘almost complete,’ corn now ahead of average

BY: - June 6, 2022

The rush to plant after early delays this year means corn farmers have gone from at least two weeks behind schedule to three days ahead, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. That report estimated that 98% of Iowa’s corn crop and 94% of soybeans have been planted, which compared to […]

COMMENTARY

Should we protect nature for its own sake? For its economic value? Because it makes us happy? Yes

BY: - June 5, 2022

By Bradley J. Cardinale As spring phases into summer in North America, with trees flowering and birds migrating, nature seems abundant. In fact, however, the Earth is losing animals, birds, reptiles and other living things so fast that some scientists believe the planet is entering the sixth mass extinction in its history. This fall, the […]

OSHA requires JBS to implement disease preparedness measures at seven plants

BY: - June 5, 2022

By Madison McVan, Investigate Midwest The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring JBS, one of the largest meatpacking companies in the country, to take steps to prevent future disease outbreaks at seven of its plants. The settlement announced Friday signals the resolution of two OSHA citations issued to JBS for failing to protect workers from the […]

Group seeks end of carbon pipeline ‘harassment’

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Iowa Utilities Board should order a carbon pipeline company to stop contacting unwilling landowners about easement agreements, according to a conservation group’s “motion to protect landowners.” “The hundreds of comments and objections from landowners filed in the docket in this case confirm that landowners do not want to sign easements,” wrote the Sierra Club […]

State lifts ban on bird exhibitions at fairs

BY: - June 3, 2022

The state-mandated moratorium on live bird exhibitions, imposed during this spring’s avian flu outbreak, ended Friday, paving the way for county fair competitions. There have been no new detections of the highly contagious avian influenza in Iowa in 30 days, allowing the moratorium to end. “Today’s announcement is a welcome sign of continued progress in […]

Grimes fined $9K for wastewater pollution in creek

BY: - June 2, 2022

The city of Grimes has agreed to pay $9,000 for the elevated levels of pollutants that have been discharged from its aging wastewater treatment plant, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The pollution culminated most visibly last year with smelly, murky water in Little Beaver Creek, gray or black deposits along the stream […]

Vilsack offers integrated plan for domestic food production

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Biden administration has set aside billions of dollars to help the nation’s food supply chain recover from the coronavirus pandemic — and, more recently, the looming global effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — and on Wednesday, it announced new funding and a comprehensive overview of how those initiatives mesh. “A transformed food system […]

DNR warns of increased bacteria in Iowa River near Eldora

BY: - June 1, 2022

The city of Eldora in north-central Iowa is releasing hundreds of thousands of gallons of partially treated wastewater into the Iowa River each day while it repairs a damaged pipe, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The leak was identified Tuesday when someone noticed some ground between the wastewater treatment plant and the […]

Iowa farmers back on track on eve of corn deadline

BY: - May 31, 2022

Corn farmers have erased their two-week lag in planting and, as of Sunday, kept pace with the state’s five-year average, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Tuesday. Corn planting typically starts in mid April, but widespread rainfall across the state — with the exception of far northwest Iowa — delayed farmers […]