Sunday, September 25, 2022


The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.


Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.


The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.

IA: Animal Welfare

An analysis of data from the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture estimates that 99% of U.S. farm animals are located on factory farms. (Adobe Stock)
Groups Call on Consumers to Boycott Large-Scale Meat Producers

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The corporate meat industry is the target of a new campaign that asks consumers to boycott products from large operations…

A bill to hold less-than-reputable dog breeders accountable in Iowa did not survive the 2016 legislative session. (Free-Photos/Pixaby)
Is That Puppy You're Buying Healthy?

DES MOINES, Iowa – In recent months, two Iowa communities have been asked to consider ordinances that would ban the purchase of commercially-…

It's estimated that 200 Iowa communities struggle to treat for factory-farm pollutants caused by runoff from the state's large number of hog confinements. (MabelAmber/Pixabay)
Opponents of Factory Farms to Rally at Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans who want to see a moratorium on factory farms in the state rally at the State Capitol tomorrow, even though they …

Prior to passage of Iowa's 2012
Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law Ruled Unconstitutional

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's so-called ag-gag law that criminalized efforts to expose violations related to animal cruelty and food safety has …

A law passed by Californians earlier this month will dictate how egg producers in other states raise their chickens if they want to sell their eggs in the Golden State. (
Will Iowa Follow California's Lead on Cage-free Eggs?

DES MOINES, Iowa – Some 1,800 miles separate Iowa from California, but a law passed by voters there could affect how many Iowa eggs are sold in …

A dozen eggs from cage-free chickens typically cost at least a dollar more than conventional eggs. (
Iowa Legislation Raises Egg-spectations for Conventional Growers

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Center for Food Safety and Mercy for Animals are calling on Iowa's governor to veto a controversial bill passed by the …

Journalistic exposés of cruelty or unsafe practices in Iowa's animal agriculture industry were stymied by passage of the state's
Courts to Decide Iowa's "Ag-Gag" Law in 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa - Opponents of Iowa's "ag-gag" law are awaiting a court date for a trial they hope will provide a similar result to what has …

Animal-rights advocates say Americans seem more open than ever to a
Animal Rights Group Says Meat Tax is Overdue

DES MOINES, Iowa — Animal rights advocates say the time is right for Americans who choose a meat-based diet to pay taxes on both the production …

Iowa is one of six states that have made a commitment to provide habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators along Interstate 35. (StarbuckATC/Pixabay)
Monarch Highway Aims to Bring Monarchs Back from Brink

DES MOINES, Iowa – If you've ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a vividly colorful monarch butterfly, you probably have an …

Animal rescue organizations say rabbits should not be impulse purchases. (Hans Splinter/Flickr)
Rescue Groups: Avoid Impulse Pet Purchases; Stick to Chocolate Bunnies

DES MOINES, Iowa - A real, live bunny may seem like a cute, cuddly Easter gift for child, but animal-welfare groups are cautioning Iowans to stick to …

Ospreys are being reintroduced in Iowa, thanks to joint efforts with naturalists in Minnesota. (
Increasing Osprey Population Inspiring Iowans to Work for Clean Water

BOONE, Iowa – The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers…

Robotic milking systems are leading to happier, healthier cows. (
Happy, Healthy Cows Thanks to High-Tech Milkers at Small Dairy Farms

WILTON, Iowa - When cows can milk when they want to instead of when farmers get around to it, they're happier and healthier. Voluntary robotic …


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