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  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:39 AM
    A farmers' cooperative in northwest Iowa is blaming the temporary shutdown of its corn-based ethanol plant on President Donald Trump's decision to exempt dozens of oil refineries from a federal law requiring them to blend ethanol with gasoline.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:39 AM
    A group of 216 “climate educators” from 38 colleges and universities in Iowa issued a statement warning that “extreme” temperatures are ahead. 

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 3:12 PM
    A third round of flooding is anticipated in western Iowa, according to the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency. 

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:57 PM
    Another high-profile water pollution case in Iowa will proceed after Polk County Judge Robert Hanson threw out the state’s motion for dismissal. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has teamed up with a Washington, D.C., nonprofit and a legal team that includes Roxanne Conlin to ask the court to force the state to come up with an enforceable plan to clean the Raccoon River. The river is a major source of drinking water for 500,000 Central Iowa residents and businesses and a favorite canoeing and kayaking spot for many recreationists. They want a moratorium on animal confinements in the area, and they note high nitrate levels in the Raccoon. 

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:21 PM
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is frustrated that the debate over ethanol and biodiesel is characterized as an “Iowa discussion” when other states also have a stake in the federal policy.

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:51 AM
    Hy-Vee won three awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for achieving voluntary goals to reduce refrigerant emissions.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:40 AM
    The Iowa Environmental Council reports that outbreaks of toxic algae were up this summer, and there were dozens of advisories warning swimmers of high bacteria levels in public lake swimming areas. 

  • Monday, September 9, 2019 11:27 AM
    Iowa farmers face yield losses that reach 15% to 20% without a late freeze, given cold and wet spring weather that caused corn and soybeans to be planted two to four weeks later than normal. 

  • Monday, September 9, 2019 11:27 AM
    At a meeting at the White House on Aug. 19, Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor and now U.S. ambassador to China, presented President Donald Trump with evidence of rising Farm Belt frustration over his biofuel policy along with a stark warning: You’ve got a problem in Iowa.

  • Friday, September 6, 2019 10:34 AM
    Site Selection magazine has chosen Alliant Energy as one of 20 utilities in its annual list of Top Utilities in Economic Development. 

  • A Closer Look: Nadilia Gomez
    BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, September 6, 2019 6:00 AM
    Now the executive director at the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, Nadilia Gomez grew up in Panama City, Panama, but developed a passion for agriculture as she visited her grandmother’s hometown, a small farming community without electricity where her family took a 45-minute walk to their water source. 

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:52 AM
    Two tourism directors 700 miles apart, one in Iowa and one in Ohio, use the same word when describing the effect a swimming ban caused by water pollution would have on their lakeside vacation communities: devastating. For Rebecca Peters, Okoboji tourism director, it’s hypothetical because the northwestern Iowa region generates nearly $290 million a year as people flock to the lakes known for their clean water.

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:47 AM
    Federal officials say BP has agreed to pay a fine of more than $71,000 for a diesel fuel spill last year in northeast Iowa. 

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 3:21 PM
    Dusky Terry, a former aide to Gov. Tom Vilsack and vice president of Central Iowa Power Cooperative, has been named president of ITC Midwest and vice president of ITC Holdings Corp., which invests in the electrical grid to promote low-cost energy and development. 

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:35 AM
    MidAmerican Energy says a Madison County proposal that would require that turbines be built 1.5 miles away from the nearest home would "wipe out" wind development in the state, if other counties were to follow suit. 

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