Category Archives: Farming

USDA: 95% of Iowa corn is genetically engineered


New data released by the US Department of Agriculture shows that 95 percent of Iowan field corn is genetically modified, compared to 93 percent nationally. Genetically engineered corn includes herbicide tolerant (HT), insect resistant (Bt), and stacked gene varieties that … Continue reading

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Rainfall slowing fieldwork and crop progress in Iowa


A third consecutive week of above-average rainfall across the state limited farmers’ fieldwork and put added stress on crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report for the week. There were just 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork … Continue reading

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Chipotle restaurants to serve more locally grown produce


Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced plans to purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce for its restaurants this year, up from 2013′s goal of 15 million pounds. The Denver-based restaurant chain will rely on 45 local farms around … Continue reading

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New analysis spells out risks of climate change on Midwest business


An extensive risk analysis report released Tuesday outlines what a warmer climate could mean for U.S. private and public sectors, with significant shifts in store for the Midwest. The report was released by the Risky Business Project, an effort to … Continue reading

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Nitrates often released back into rivers


According to the Des Moines Register, Des Moines’ nitrate removal facility was responsible for dumping approximately 13,500 pounds of the contaminant into the Raccoon River last year. Nitrates can be detrimental to human health if consumed in high enough quantities, … Continue reading

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ISU professor testing sustainable agricultural practices


  Iowa State University agronomy professor Matthew Liebman has been experimenting with crop rotation as a means of reducing waterway-polluting fertilizer usage, according to a recent article in National Geographic. Liebman used a three- and four-crop rotation – consisting mostly … Continue reading

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Study: More precise fertilizer application will help combat climate change


Farmers can help to combat climate change by applying more precise amounts of nitrogen fertilizer to fields, according to a recent study by researchers at Michigan State University. The study – published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of … Continue reading

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Iowa water levels in good shape for 2014


  Normal snow levels over the winter season and cooler spring temperatures may lead to a more moderate 2014 in Iowa, according to state water and climate experts. In an interview with KCRG, Mike Gannon of the University of Iowa’s IIHR … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act


This week’s On the Radio segment covers the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a bill recently introduced in Congress which would put the federal government in charge of labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Listen to the audio below, or continue … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report


This week’s On the Radio segment explores the findings of the IPCC’s research into climate change, and what the future holds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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