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    What A Difference A Year Makes

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 27, 2012

    In the spring and summer of 2011, the governors of Midwest states accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of negligence. Decisions by the corps caused major flooding along the Missouri River as the corps released too much water from reservoirs upstream in the Dakotas and Montana. That big release of water flowed downstream and flooded farmers and homeowners who lived too close to the river or who farmed land near the river. Now, in 2012, the corps is being begged by shipping interests to…

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    Iowa Ethanol Supporters Applaud EPA Decision On RFS

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 20, 2012

    Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds applaud the federal government’s decision to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and deny pending waiver requests. Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, accounting for 25% of total U.S. ethanol production, said Branstad on November 16, immediately after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made its announcement. “In addition, Iowa’s biofuels industry has added $13.1 billion to our economy…

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    Is Wind Industry Running Out Of Breath?

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 13, 2012

    Uncertainty over the future of the wind energy tax credit has already cost Iowa hundreds of jobs. Supporters of the subsidy say many more jobs could be lost if Congress doesn't vote to extend the controversial measure which expires at the end of 2012. The wind industry has been promoted by states such as Iowa as a way to create jobs, reduce the nation's dependence on foreign energy and to promote investment in clean, renewable energy. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa U.S. Sen…

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    Get Ready To Fall Off A Cliff?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 12, 2012

    The election is over and it's back to work for Congress and President Barack Obama. What's going to happen? The United States is about to fall off of a fiscal cliff. Huge mandatory cuts in federal spending will automatically kick-in and tax increases will take place if Congress doesn't do something before the end of 2012. Time is running out for lawmakers to deal with these pressing issues. If they can't agree on a fix before the cuts take effect January 1, the U.S. economy…

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