Iowa Pork Producers Association

Iowa lawsuit over California’s hog-confinement law headed for a hearing

BY: - July 20, 2021

A federal judge will hear arguments next month in a case that involves Iowa pork producers and their challenge of a California state law restricting the sale of pork in that state. The Iowa Pork Producers Association has requested a preliminary injunction that would block enforcement of California’s Proposition 12. The state of California has […]

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 […]

Senate advances bill setting penalties for trespassers who photograph animal confinements

BY: - March 30, 2021

Iowa lawmakers are moving to make it a crime, as much as a felony, to use a camera while trespassing at an animal confinement. The Iowa Legislature has moved in recent years to stop workers at the confinements from secretly recording animal abuse and other offenses, then alerting the media and others. Some of those […]

Iowa landfills bracing for possible arrival of hog carcasses

BY: - May 2, 2020

Iowa environmental and agriculture officials moved late this week to firm up plans to dispose of hog carcasses as COVID-19 continued to stress packing plants.  At this point, industry and government officials said hog farmers have not resorted to euthanizing whole herds. But with many packing plants either closed or operating at less than full […]

State panel stands by controversial livestock pollution scoring system

BY: - April 22, 2020

A governor-appointed panel charged with protecting Iowans from health-threatening pollution has decided not to push for changes in livestock rules. Critics say the rules are a “joke” and don’t protect the public. A majority of members of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission said they don’t want to ask for changes in the scorecard used by […]

The Food Bank of Iowa's distribution center in east Des Moines. (Photo courtesy of Food Bank of Iowa)

Iowa governor: 354,000 Iowans face food insecurity during pandemic

BY: - April 10, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has created a task force to address residents’ food insecurity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will lead the ad hoc panel, the Feeding Iowans Task Force. Included will be representatives of the Food Bank of Iowa, Volunteer Iowa and state departments involved in responding to the pandemic. Reynolds […]

Illuminating pact shines ray of hope on Iowa’s solar industry

BY: - March 6, 2020

Iowa’s solar energy industry would get a big boost if the governor signs a bill that resulted from eight months of negotiations, backers said this week.  Senate File 583 allows private owners of solar arrays to continue to get the retail rate for the extra power they generate and sell to their utility. But it […]

Activists admit livestock confinement moratorium dead for this year

BY: - February 13, 2020

For all their sign-waving and news conference comments, environmentalists admitted this week they have virtually no chance of getting even a hearing on their proposed moratorium on large livestock confinements in Iowa.  Emma Schmit of Rockwell City was in town Tuesday in her role as a Food and Water Action organizer, joining Des Moines-based Iowa […]

State senator: Water trails should wait for livestock confinement moratorium

BY: - January 23, 2020

Iowa State Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, on Thursday said a proposed moratorium on construction of animal confinements in Iowa should be in place before Des Moines and other communities install whitewater courses and other recreational attractions in the state’s heavily polluted rivers. Celsi appeared at a rally in the Statehouse rotunda organized by […]