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    Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:35 PM
    We still don’t know how much it would cost to turn three downtown dam sites into recreational draws with kayaking and other activities. But we should know more in January, when an engineering team and local planners complete an engineering study. 

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:08 AM
    The Trump administration's decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States' largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, who said he has "violent opposition" to the move.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:03 AM
    This idea is so good we wish we had thought of it ourselves. Iowa Public Radio has managed to mix Des Moines microbrews — known for their high quality — with a discussion of Iowa’s water quality, which brings mixed reviews. 

    Monday, October 16, 2017 3:37 PM
    Jim Gulliford, widely known in Iowa agricultural circles, has been appointed as regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 2:01 PM
    Farmers across Iowa are harvesting higher than expected corn yields, despite drought conditions across much of the southern half of the state, Successful Farming reported.

  • Latest frontier in ag innovation: East Village
    Friday, October 13, 2017 6:00 AM

    In Des Moines’ East Village, part of the future of agriculture is taking shape in an open room at 321 E. Walnut St. 

    That’s where representatives of five startups go to work, traveling, we presume by foot, from the Staybridge Suites across the street, their home away from home.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:01 PM
    My colleague Larry Erickson was running around today in a short-sleeved polo shirt, which I took to be his statement that we can’t let the fall/winter chill take over without being a little defiant. (Larry said his attire mostly had to do with what clean laundry he had left.) 

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:50 AM

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:49 AM
     President Donald Trump wasn’t in the room Tuesday, but he was on lots of lips as members of the biodiesel industry in Iowa got together in Newton to push back against potential cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:08 PM
    Iowa received less snow and rain and saw higher temperatures than normal in the past year, a new state report notes.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:32 AM
    The Midwest already is seeing effects of climate change, and local governments should plan to address damage to bridges and other infrastructure, the Midwest Economic Policy Institute reports.

  • Monday, October 2, 2017 11:35 AM
    Alliant Energy announced Friday that it has finalized an agreement with Apex Clean Energy for the Upland Prairie Wind Farm. 

  • Monday, October 2, 2017 11:31 AM
    A new report from the nonprofit research organization Universal Ecological Fund found that health issues tied to climate issues have cost the U.S. economy $240 billion a year over the past decade.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 10:20 AM
    Sales in China helped send soybean sales to a one-week record of 2.99 million metric tons, and an analyst expects prices to jump as demand continues to rise, Successful Farming reports.

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