• Rod Swoboda

    2014 Will Be A Year Of Change In Iowa Politics

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 27, 2013

    Two of the top political stories in Iowa in 2013 have implications for agriculture. They also signal the importance of the 2014 elections come fall, despite the new year being an "off year" for the political process—no Iowa caucuses, no presidential election. The top two political stories are: Tom Harkin is retiring from the U.S. Senate and Tom Latham is retiring from the U.S. House. These two open seats will cause a ripple effect. First, long-time U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, a…

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    Iowa Supreme Court Shoots Down Hunting Rights

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 13, 2013

    The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld Iowa's hunting laws with a ruling last week that says just because someone owns land in Iowa it doesn't mean they have a right to hunt on it. In a decision handed down on December 6 the court said Iowa's laws that provide hunting advantages to permanent residents do not violate the constitutional rights of nonresident landowners. Three men who own land in Iowa but have permanent homes in other states challenged Iowa's hunting laws as…

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    High Voltage Controversy Over Big Power Line

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 4, 2013

    A company based in Houston, Texas, is planning to build an overhead high-voltage transmission line from northwest Iowa to Illinois and other states east of the Mississippi River. The power line would deliver electricity from wind turbines in northwest Iowa to cities in Illinois and Eastern states. Clean Line Energy is the company wanting to build this transmission line, and the project is called the Rock Island Clean Line or RICL project. If built, the line would cross 16 Iowa counties, would…

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