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Video highlights Iowa farmer challenged by weather extremes


Extreme weather is taking a toll on Corning, Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser, as seen in a recent video produced by documentary organization The Story Group. Gaesser, who has been farming for over 45 years, said extreme weather has become more … Continue reading

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University of Michigan wins 2014 American Solar Challenge, Iowa State University finishes 3rd


For the fifth-straight year, the University of Michigan took first place at the American Solar Challenge which concluded Monday. Michigan’s race team – which included roughly 20 students – overcame its fair share of setbacks including various mechanical problems earlier in the … Continue reading

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Iowa State University researchers find new potential in miscanthus


Researchers at Iowa State University have discovered that Iowa’s soil may help miscanthus – a perennial tall grass – to produce higher yields of biomass than once thought. Iowa State Agronomists think that this Asian plant will not only provide a … Continue reading

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New biomedical building features first green rooftop on University of Iowa campus


The University of Iowa’s new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB) is the first building on campus to feature a green rooftop. Crews began planting various perennial sedums – such as black-eyed Susan alliums, liatris, and hostas – in the spring. These plants are expected to provide several … Continue reading

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Iowa State University ranked “greenest” college in Iowa


The annual Iowa-Iowa State football game is still seven weeks away but the Cyclones recently beat the Hawkeyes in a different kind of contest. Iowa State was ranked as the “greenest” campus in Iowa according by a list compiled by College Prowler. … Continue reading

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$1.4 million towards water quality improvement


Last week, the state of Iowa made $1.4 million available to farmers in an effort to improve water quality through nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have now claimed all of these funds and will match the amount, bringing the total to $2.8 … Continue reading

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USGS study finds waterways have high levels of neonicotinoid in Iowa, Midwest


A new study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) finds that waterways in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are experiencing particularly high levels of an insecticide known as neonicotinoid. Farmers and gardeners use neonicotinoids – or neonics – because their effectiveness against … Continue reading

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Imagine Energy Traveler available to RAGBRAI riders


The Imagine Energy Traveler – a mobile solar energy generator and educational tool – will be part of the 431-mile trek for this week’s RAGBRAI. The trailer has amenities that allow RAGBRAI riders and other patrons to charge cell phones and … Continue reading

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Australian engineering students aim to set world record for fastest solar-powered vehicle


Engineering students at the University of New South Wales have recently designed a solar-powered car that they hope will set the Guinness World Record for “highest average speed over a 500 km (310 mi) distance.” Members of Sunswift, the team responsible for … Continue reading

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American Ethanol team participating in RAGBRAI XLII


The 42nd (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – kicked off on Sunday and this year’s event features a nearly 200-person team representing American Ethanol. This year’s route passes through “the heart of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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