Category Archives: Farming

Iowa Soybean Association urges review of EPA proposal


A proposed rule released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifying its jurisdiction over waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act deserves a thorough review and farmer input, says the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).

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Iowa State Study: Rootworm Resists Genetically Modified Corn


A recently published study from Iowa State University found that corn-destroying rootworms have evolved to be resistant to the Bt corn engineered to kill them. Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis, the name of the genetically modified corn’s “donor” organism. Bt corn accounted for three-quarters of … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Protest


This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowans’ concern over the DNR handling manure spills in the state. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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EPA’s proposed water rules worry farmers


The E.P.A. says  new rules are needed to clarify which bodies of water it must oversee under the federal Clean Water Act.

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Iowa DNR taking applications for Environmental Excellence Awards


Applications are now being taken for this year’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards are considered the state’s premier honors to recognize leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s water, land and air. To learn more, head over to … Continue reading

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6 Ways the Newly Passed Farm Bill Will Impact Iowa


The new farm bill, passed by Senate last week will affects Iowans in several ways, from boosting access to locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers markets to protecting wetlands and prairies, the Des Moines Register said. Here are six … Continue reading

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On the Radio: The USDA’s attention to new seeds


This week’s On the Radio segment covers the USDA’s exploration into stronger, herbicide-resistant seeds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Cover Crop “Cocktails”


Mono-culture cover crops have positive effects on the environment in Iowa and elsewhere. While only 2 percent of the cropland in the Mississippi River Basin are utilizing cover crops, Gabe Brown, a farmer in North Dakota, expects more farmers will … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Nutrient Reduction Strategy


This week’s On the Radio segment covers nutrient reduction demonstration projects that are set to help famers better manage harmful farm runoff. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

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Watershed Projects


Eight watershed demonstration projects covering 606,000 acres have been selected to receive $4.1 million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative over the next three years.

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