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Corn Checkoff Updates Get Signed Into Law

By |2014-03-27T08:55:34-06:00March 27th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Agriculture, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Expanding foreign markets and uses of Iowa’s corn crop, which improves Iowa’s economy, will be the result of legislation adopted by the Iowa House this week, if it becomes law. Under House File 2427, Iowa’s corn checkoff could increase over time, to a maximum of 3¢ per bushel after September 1, 2019.  The checkoff would only [...]

Celebrating 25 Years of REAP

By |2014-03-25T11:31:28-06:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

The Iowa House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution this week commending all Iowans who have contributed their time, energy, and commitment to ensure the success of Iowa’s nationally recognized Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. Individual Iowans and visitors to our state are encouraged to participate in an outdoor activity or event during this 25th [...]

Bill Summary: HF 2289 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/ Drones

By |2014-02-26T12:46:33-06:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Agriculture, Recent News|

HF 2289 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/ Drones Summary The bill adds language to the definition of “course of conduct” under stalking (chapter 708.11) so that it would be illegal to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to maintain visual or physical proximity to a person in a manner that is defined as stalking. Section 2 of the bill [...]

Lawmakers to File Emergency Bill on Propane Crisis

By |2014-01-24T16:03:40-06:00January 24th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Agriculture, Environment, Featured, Recent News|

To deal with a propane crisis that has more than doubled the price this week, State Representatives Joe Riding of Altoona and Todd Prichard of Charles City are filing an emergency bill next week to provide an additional $1 million to help Iowans struggling to pay for the huge increase in propane costs. “With temperatures falling [...]

New Laws for ATVs on Roadways Discussed

By |2013-11-22T11:09:40-06:00November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Agriculture, Featured, Recent News|

A legislative interim committee was held to discuss the pros and cons of allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on Iowa roadways.  A group of ten legislators met to hear from representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, ATV Injury Task Force, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Polaris Industries, and an owner of an off-road [...]

New Biofuels Program will Expand E-30 and Biodiesel

By |2013-10-15T13:29:48-06:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Agriculture, Environment, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A new biofuels pilot program called “Fueling Our Future,” has been created  to assist in expanding the market for biofuels blends. Federal and state dollars will be used to establish more blender pumps containing E-30 and biodiesel at gas retailers around the state, giving more Iowans access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. The Fueling [...]

Additional Counties Added to Disaster Declaration

By |2012-08-15T13:07:49-06:00August 15th, 2012|Categories: Agriculture, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared an additional 35 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the drought. These additional counties include: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, [...]

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