Ag + Environment

Cedar Rapids businesses lose more than $133 million from derecho damage

The economic fallout from the derecho that swept across Iowa in August resulted in Cedar Rapids businesses losing more than $133 million, according to...

Iowa’s ‘ag gag’ has stifled investigations, despite pending court challenges

The legality of Iowa’s controversial “ag gag” law, designed to block undercover investigations at agricultural facilities, could soon be decided by a federal judge. The...

Biden’s ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the U.S....

President-elect Joe Biden calls climate change an existential threat to America’s environment, health, national security and economy, and has promised a clean energy revolution...

Farmers likely to see more multinational trade deals crafted in Biden...

WASHINGTON — American farmers who have gone through the drama and turbulence of trade and agriculture policy in the Trump administration can expect a...

Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can...

The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match...

D.M. councilman pushes MidAmerican Energy to shelve coal plants

MidAmerican Energy would be pressured to retire its remaining coal plants under a new energy plan being considered by the Des Moines City Council. Council...

State: Derecho flattened a quarter of Iowa’s forest

The August derecho destroyed a quarter of Iowa’s already sparse forest land, state officials reported Thursday. The Department of Natural Resources plans to sell salvaged...

Commission rejects request to ban party barges in West Okoboji bay

Hundreds of boaters still will be able to anchor their boats and tie them together to form party barges near shore in Miller's Bay...

Georgia congressman launches bid to lead U.S. House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON — A longtime congressman’s reelection defeat is opening up a contest among Democrats for the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S....

Pattison delays appeal hearing after Chicago Mercantile Exchange eyes water trading

A judge has granted Pattison Sand Co. a one-year delay in a hearing on its proposal to export Iowa water to western states after...
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