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Farmers can sign up for new farm bill programs starting next MondayIowa farmers can sign up for two new programs that were included in the latest Farm Bill starting next week. Val Dolcini , administrator of the Farm Service Agency, says farmers actually have several months to determine what works best for them and to make a selection between the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. Sign-up begins next Monday, November 17th.
Dolcini says farmers have until March 31st to make a selection. Also, farmers need to update their base acres and planting history information with their local F-S-A office. The deadline to complete that is February 27st. Continue Reading →
Plans are moving forward for Iowa to become home to North America’s largest indoor fish farming operation. (more…) Continue Reading →
Iowa is no longer in the running to land a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant. (more…) Continue Reading →
WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what happened to two men found dead in southeastern Iowa. The Washington County Communications Center says it received a report Friday afternoon of a possible electrocution near a road in Wellman. Emergency personnel responded and found 38-year-old Chad Allen VanVoltenburg, of South English, and 47-year-old Paul Joseph Duello, of Kinross. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading →
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect, after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule, which took effect last Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement want. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources signed a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year to develop the new rule after the EPA threatened to take over federal Clean Water Act enforcement if state officials didn’t do more. The federal agency says the rule meets its requirements, but Iowa CCI says it’s still too weak. Continue Reading →
A 42-year old Muscatine man will spend 14 years in prison, after sentencing yesterday(Thur) in Davenport federal court. (more…) Continue Reading →
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has cancelled a meeting with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. (more…) Continue Reading →
CHICAGO (AP) — An anti-crime group wants to eradicate what it says are illegal video gambling machines at bars and other venues across Illinois. (more…) Continue Reading →
On the local sports calendar today….. (more…) Continue Reading →
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state regulator says fewer than 2 percent of Iowans will be hit by state-approved health insurance rate increases. (more…) Continue Reading →