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 […]

Study: Animal-based foods connected to 15,900 deaths a year

BY: - May 11, 2021

Animal-based foods are connected to 15,900 annual deaths resulting from small-particle pollution from agriculture, a new study found. Reducing excess protein in livestock feed and using nitrogen inhibitors and other fertilizer amendments and other techniques in just the 10% of U.S. counties with the highest mitigation potential would save 22% of deaths associated with food […]

Panel quickly dismisses ethics complaint against state senator

BY: - September 4, 2020

An Iowa Senate ethics committee on Friday quickly dismissed a complaint from two citizen groups alleging that a state senator involved in livestock operations had improperly benefited from legislation he supported.  The complaint involved Sen. Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, and was filed by Food & Water Action and Iowa Citizens for Committee improvement.  A bipartisan six-member […]

Ten counties skip master matrix on confinements

BY: - February 13, 2020

For the third straight year, 10 counties have declined to adopt a state checklist meant to protect the neighbors of animal-confinement operations. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that 89 of 99 counties have indicated they will use the master matrix to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed sites for animal confinements through Jan. 31 […]

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 […]