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PROJECT TO BRAND PROTEIN REGION

Officials in three Canadian plains provinces and six northern U.S. states are launching an effort to brand the region as the potential provider of protein to the world. “The Protein Highway” project aims to encourage scientists to work together and share information on protein-rich crops, said Kevin Kephart, South Dakota State University’s vice president for… read more

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CASH RENT DEFAULTS

Faced with declining profits, some Iowa farmers are defaulting on cropland rents — a largely unheard of move given the intense competition for the state’s fertile farmland and a sign that financial pressure and debt are mounting.

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FARMING FOR PROFIT

A new study from Iowa State University agronomists shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money and could influence many farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans.

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IOWA WATER CASE

The Iowa Supreme Court will weigh in on legal questions that could be crucial in deciding whether Des Moines Water Works can seek damages from drainage districts in three north Iowa counties for nitrate-laden drinking water. Federal Judge Mark Bennett filed an order Monday sending the questions to the Iowa Supreme Court, given the case’s… read more

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IOWA SHIFTING FUNDS TO WATER ISSUES

A plan to shift $4.7 billion in projected sales tax receipts  from school building projects to water quality initiatives over a 32-year period, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad  announced this week along with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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JOB CUTS

Citing the downturn in the farm economy, Pioneer and Monsanto will forgo nearly $21 million in Iowa tax incentives to avoid their goal of creating about 350 jobs.

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RFS POPULAR

A majority of likely Iowa caucus-goers in both parties favor the country’s ethanol mandate, despite a push from critics outside of rural America to roll it back, a new Des Moines Register poll shows. 71% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans surveyed back the RFS.

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IOWA FARMLAND VALUES DECREASE

Iowa farmland values have tumbled nearly 13% since peaking in 2013 with lower corn, soybean prices.  The statewide average price of an acre is $7,366.

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IOWA WATER UPDATE

Des Moines Water Works has hired a new environmental advocacy leader for the public utility. The role will advocate for policies and partnerships focused on managing agricultural pollution that poses a threat to water quality.

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MISSISSIPPI GENERATES $400 BILLION, SUPPORTS 1.3 MILLION JOBS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a report at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque that finds commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The report found that the upper Mississippi River area, comprised of parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, generates $253 billion annually… read more

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