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    Targets of Des Moines Water Works lawsuit threat get some help

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 9, 2015

    Three counties in northwest Iowa that the Des Moines Water Works is threatening to sue will get some of the $1.4 million in state soil and water conservation funding announced March 4 by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The money will be used to help address problems with loss of nutrients from farm fields, such as nitrates entering streams and rivers. The three counties being threatened by the lawsuit are Calhoun, Sac and Buena Vista. The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land…

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    Iowa Ag Summit attracting national attention

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 4, 2015

    The first-ever agricultural forum for wannabe U.S. presidential candidates is set for March 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. With a strong lineup of speakers, the event will offer Iowa Caucus voters a chance to hear the candidates' views on key farm and agriculture issues. The forum is also a way to prompt presidential candidates to learn more about important ag issues and how government policies affect farmers and the rural economy. A dozen potential presidential candidates…

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    Can Iowa avoid water quality lawsuit?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 6, 2015

    The potential lawsuit the Des Moines Water Works intends to file against the county boards of supervisors in three counties in northwest Iowa over recently high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River is catching national attention. Des Moines Water Works officials say drainage districts in Calhoun, Sac and Buena Vista counties aren't doing enough to keep nitrates in the fields, as tile lines drain into streams and rivers. The suit, if it is indeed filed in court, would seek to regulate tile…

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    Educating presidential contenders about renewable fuels

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 26, 2015

    If potential candidates for U.S. president want to win the state's voters next year in the 2016 Iowa caucuses, they should make it clear right now that they support ethanol production in a big way. That's the message Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other Iowa leaders are telling the contenders who are visiting the state, exploring their presidential possibilities. "We're not going to pre-judge any of the candidates from either party," the governor said at a January 22 press…

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    Des Moines Water Works Intends To Sue Over High Nitrates

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 16, 2015

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he strongly opposes the plan by the Des Moines Water Works to file a federal lawsuit against three rural counties over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River. He says the matter should be resolved by a collaborative approach. When asked if rural Iowa is going to war with Des Moines over water quality, Branstad said, "I would put it the other way around. Des Moines has declared war on rural Iowa. Instead of filing a lawsuit, Des Moines officials should sit…

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    The Only Iowa-Born President

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 11, 2014

    Saturday, October 25, 2014 was the 50th anniversary of President Herbert Hoover's funeral in his boyhood home of West Branch, Iowa. Born into a Quaker family, Hoover went on to become the 31st President of the United States. Hoover is the only Iowa-born U.S. President, and the first to be born west of the Mississippi River. He is also one of Iowa's and the world's greatest humanitarian heroes, whose famine-relief efforts in World War I and again in World War II are credited with…

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    Iowa Election Winners Now Face Task Of Governing

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 6, 2014

    The November 4 election made history in Iowa, as Republican Joni Ernst defeated Democrat Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate. When she takes office in January, Ernst will become Iowa's first female U.S. Senator, and the first female military veteran in the U.S. Senate. She claimed victory with 52% of the vote Tuesday night in a contentious race that was fueled by big money. For the past 5 months the Ernst vs. Braley battle made history as Iowa's most expensive race ever. All totaled more…

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    Global Youth Institute, Held In Iowa, Marks 20th Anniversary

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 14, 2014

    Iowa this week is hosting 160 extraordinary high school students from 24 U.S. states and territories, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco and Nigeria. They are delegates to the 20th Anniversary Global Youth Institute. The annual event, sponsored by the World Food Prize, is taking place Oct. 16-18 in Des Moines. The students will interact with World Food Prize Laureates and the 1,500 global leaders and experts from over 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual…

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    Iowa Leaders Tell EPA: "Ditch The Water Rule"

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 7, 2014

    Last week Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad held a special roundtable meeting in Des Moines attended by the state's ag, business and government agency leaders. They discussed WOTUS -- the proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule being pushed for by officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Representatives from 20 organizations took part and gave their view at the Iowa roundtable. They represented agriculture, economic development, conservation, home building, utilities, drainage…

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    Clarke County Becomes A Home Base Iowa Community

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 17, 2014

    At a ceremony in Osceola, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently congratulated Clarke County, located in southern Iowa, on achieving its Home Base Iowa Community designation. Clarke County is one of only three counties statewide to secure this title, the others are Greene and Howard counties. Home Base Iowa is a state program that seeks to get military veterans to return to Iowa after serving in the military, by matching them with jobs and providing other tax and financial incentives. Home…

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