State board proposes $50,000 grants for small-scale butchers

BY: - July 16, 2021

The state would offer grants of up to $50,000 to small-scale butchers under rules that won preliminary approval of the Iowa Economic Development Authority board Friday.  The rules, for which the board approved a “notice of intended action,” would implement House File 857, approved by lawmakers earlier this year. That legislation set up the Butchery […]

Cyberattack on meat giant has Iowans looking to fortify defenses

BY: - June 2, 2021

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S., including two in Iowa, had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to […]

Naig: State looks to boost smaller meat processors, connect farmers with schools

BY: - February 19, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the need for more aid to small- and medium-sized meat processors and added work to connect farmers with customers online and at farmers’ markets, Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said Friday. Naig told the Iowa Farmers Union he called a meat locker to get a steer processed, and the appointment is […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

Environmentalists wonder: Is state hiding bad nitrate news?

BY: - January 17, 2020

An annual report assessing the progress of the state’s voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy — the nucleus of Iowa’s water-quality efforts — is running late and stirring questions about worsening pollution. Staffers at the nonprofit Iowa Environmental Council said the report is months beyond the window in which it used to be released. They fear the […]