'; } // return array of supporters (Supporter,Link), selected randomly function randomSupporters($limit = false) { $sql = "Select * from ActiveSupporters"; if ($limit) $sql .= " limit $num"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $res = array(); if ($result) { while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) { $link = trim($row['Website'] != ''?$row['Website']: ($row['FacebookFollowing']?$row['Facebook']: ($row['TwitterFollowing']?$row['Twitter']: ($row['GooglePlusFollowing']?$row['GooglePlus']: ($row['OtherSocialMedia']?$row['OtherSocialMedia']:false) ) ) ) ); if ($link && strncasecmp($link,'http:',5)) $link = 'http://'.$link; $res[] = array('Supporter'=>$row['GroupName'],'Link'=>$link); } } return $res; } // return Weekly Audience Average function weeklyAudienceAverage() { $sql = "select * from BrochureGeneral where Dname='WeeklyAudienceAverage'"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $row = mysql_fetch_array($result); if ($row) return $row['DValue']; } ?> Public News Service Newscasts https://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php Public News Service The Public News Service provides reporting on a wide range of social, community, and environmental issues for mainstream and alternative media. Public News Service info@publicnewsservice.org no Iowans Find Common Ground on Climate Change Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-08-08/sustainable-agriculture/iowans-find-common-ground-on-climate-change/a67390-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-08-08/sustainable-agriculture/iowans-find-common-ground-on-climate-change/a67390-1 Center for Rural Affairs, says climate change is affecting Iowa's natural resources, which has consequences for population centers throughout the state and U.S. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Iowa Voters Want Presidential Candidates to Address Climate Change Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-07-31/rural-farming/iowa-voters-want-presidential-candidates-to-address-climate-change/a67328-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-07-31/rural-farming/iowa-voters-want-presidential-candidates-to-address-climate-change/a67328-1 (Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Rural/Farming Charles City Named 2nd Iowa 'Livable Community' Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-20/senior/charles-city-named-2nd-iowa-livable-community/a66794-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-20/senior/charles-city-named-2nd-iowa-livable-community/a66794-1 (Read More)]]> Civic Engagement Consumer Cultural Resources Environment Senior Urban Planning/Transportation Iowa Farmers Cope With Turbulent Weather, Troubled Trade Talks Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-04/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-farmers-cope-with-turbulent-weather-troubled-trade-talks/a66666-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-04/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-farmers-cope-with-turbulent-weather-troubled-trade-talks/a66666-1 (Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Environment Hunger/Food/Nutrition Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Record Number of Repairs to Greet Visitors to National Parks Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-30/environment/record-number-of-repairs-to-greet-visitors-to-national-parks/a66326-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-30/environment/record-number-of-repairs-to-greet-visitors-to-national-parks/a66326-1 Restore Our Parks Act" was introduced in Congress with bipartisan support. Marcia Argust, project director with Pew Charitable Trusts, said there are more than 400 parks nationwide, and most of them need repairs - including two national park units in Iowa with more than $5 million in deferred maintenance. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Cultural Resources Environment Public Lands/Wilderness Iowa Recovers from Devastating Floods, Prepares for More Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-19/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-recovers-from-devastating-floods-prepares-for-more/a66200-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-19/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-recovers-from-devastating-floods-prepares-for-more/a66200-1 Iowa Watershed Approach. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Water Time's Up Soon to Comment on EPA's Clean Water Rule Changes Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-04/water/times-up-soon-to-comment-on-epas-clean-water-rule-changes/a66047-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-04/water/times-up-soon-to-comment-on-epas-clean-water-rule-changes/a66047-1 Food and Water Watch, says these changes would allow large-scale pollution and damage critical ecosystems. "And what this rule does, as many other Trump-era rules have done, is take science out of the equation and try to create these rules that are really just designed to allow more development and less protection of our waterways," Edwards warns. "...(Read More)]]> Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Water Iowa Mom Tells EPA: "Keep Mercury and Air Toxics Standards" Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-27/climate-change-air-quality/iowa-mom-tells-epa-keep-mercury-and-air-toxics-standards/a65936-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-27/climate-change-air-quality/iowa-mom-tells-epa-keep-mercury-and-air-toxics-standards/a65936-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Health Toxics Prolonged Repercussions from "Bomb Cyclone" Expected for Iowa Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-19/environment/prolonged-repercussions-from-bomb-cyclone-expected-for-iowa/a65869-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-19/environment/prolonged-repercussions-from-bomb-cyclone-expected-for-iowa/a65869-1 (Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Community Issues and Volunteering Environment Rural/Farming Solar-Power Advocates: Iowans Need Incentives to "Farm the Sun" Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-11/energy-policy/solar-power-advocates-iowans-need-incentives-to-farm-the-sun/a65782-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-11/energy-policy/solar-power-advocates-iowans-need-incentives-to-farm-the-sun/a65782-1 House Study Bill 185 would add a yearly "sunshine tax" on private solar generators, a move MidAmerican Energy says creates more fairness for all customers who use its electric grid. But Lee Tesdell, who has solar installed at his farm near Slater, says if the bill passes, the potential savings from solar would be greatly reduced, discouraging Iowans from using it. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Rural/Farming Report: Environment Suffers Under Renewable Fuel Standard Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-08/environment/report-environment-suffers-under-renewable-fuel-standard/a65698-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-08/environment/report-environment-suffers-under-renewable-fuel-standard/a65698-2 according to new research. Collaborating reports from three universities detail the unintended consequences of the decade-old program, which includes converting unspoiled grasslands into more cropland. Associate Professor of Agriculture Economics at Kansas State University Nathan Hendricks says farmers also have altered what they grow due to the increased demand for ethanol. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Rural/Farming Water Opponents of Factory Farms to Rally at Iowa Capitol Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-02-20/rural-farming/opponents-of-factory-farms-to-rally-at-iowa-capitol/a65579-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-02-20/rural-farming/opponents-of-factory-farms-to-rally-at-iowa-capitol/a65579-1 House File 203, to stop factory-farm expansion until stricter regulations are adopted. ...(Read More)]]> Animal Welfare Climate Change/Air Quality Consumer Environment Health Rural/Farming Water Iowa Mom Raises Concern Over Wheeler as EPA Chief Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-21/environment/iowa-mom-raises-concern-over-wheeler-as-epa-chief/a65253-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-21/environment/iowa-mom-raises-concern-over-wheeler-as-epa-chief/a65253-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Health Toxics Water Conservation Boosts Iowa's Future Water Quality Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-10-09/water/conservation-boosts-iowas-future-water-quality/a64236-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-10-09/water/conservation-boosts-iowas-future-water-quality/a64236-1 (Read More)]]> Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Water Iowans Reap Benefits from Farm Bill Conservation Programs Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-24/environment/iowans-reap-benefits-from-farm-bill-conservation-programs/a64059-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-24/environment/iowans-reap-benefits-from-farm-bill-conservation-programs/a64059-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Critics: Clean Power Plan Replacement Would Weaken Air Protections Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-07/energy-policy/critics-clean-power-plan-replacement-would-weaken-air-protections/a63888-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-07/energy-policy/critics-clean-power-plan-replacement-would-weaken-air-protections/a63888-1 weigh in through Oct. 30 on the Trump administration's replacement for the Clean Power Plan. The Obama-era plan, put on hold by the U.S. ...(Read More)]]> Civic Engagement Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Health Opponents of Dakota Access Pipeline March Across Iowa Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-04/civic-engagement/opponents-of-dakota-access-pipeline-march-across-iowa/a63852-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-09-04/civic-engagement/opponents-of-dakota-access-pipeline-march-across-iowa/a63852-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Civic Engagement Consumer Environment Native American Toxics Cover-Cropping Highlighted at Iowa's Farm Progress Show Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-30/sustainable-agriculture/cover-cropping-highlighted-at-iowas-farm-progress-show/a63833-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-30/sustainable-agriculture/cover-cropping-highlighted-at-iowas-farm-progress-show/a63833-1 (Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Soil Health Proving More Vital for Iowa Farm Productivity, Water Quality Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-16/sustainable-agriculture/soil-health-proving-more-vital-for-iowa-farm-productivity-water-quality/a63699-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-16/sustainable-agriculture/soil-health-proving-more-vital-for-iowa-farm-productivity-water-quality/a63699-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Environment Hunger/Food/Nutrition Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Water Sharing Stories of Profit, Loss Helps Motivate Newer Iowa Farmers Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-06/sustainable-agriculture/sharing-stories-of-profit-loss-helps-motivate-newer-iowa-farmers/a63549-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-06/sustainable-agriculture/sharing-stories-of-profit-loss-helps-motivate-newer-iowa-farmers/a63549-1 Danelle Myer admits she was both a bit headstrong and starry-eyed when she started farming in Harrison County, and that's why she's eager to share lessons learned from her seven-year undertaking. Myer is participating in the Whole Farm Financial Project through Practical Farmers of Iowa that evaluates profitability and helps with sustainability of the local food movement. Myer grew up on a farm, but didn't take up vegetable farming until 2011 when she was 40 "And since the beginning, I've had kind of this stubborn, idealistic goal of making a living off of a farm, and so I thought this study would help me look at my numbers," she relates. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Hunger/Food/Nutrition Livable Wages/Working Families Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Fuel-Efficiency Rollbacks for Cars, Trucks Trouble Iowa Leaders Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-03/climate-change-air-quality/fuel-efficiency-rollbacks-for-cars-trucks-trouble-iowa-leaders/a63548-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-03/climate-change-air-quality/fuel-efficiency-rollbacks-for-cars-trucks-trouble-iowa-leaders/a63548-1 other studies have reached opposite conclusions. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Consumer Environment Iowans Should Brace for Heat, Humidity and Weather Extremes Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-31/climate-change-air-quality/iowans-should-brace-for-heat-humidity-and-weather-extremes/a63506-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-31/climate-change-air-quality/iowans-should-brace-for-heat-humidity-and-weather-extremes/a63506-1 Report. The data was gathered for the fourth annual National Climate Assessment. Gene Takle is an Iowa State emeritus professor of agronomy who helped prepare Iowa's information. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Will New EPA Chief Continue Rollback of Clean Car Standards? Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-09/environment/will-new-epa-chief-continue-rollback-of-clean-car-standards/a63256-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-09/environment/will-new-epa-chief-continue-rollback-of-clean-car-standards/a63256-1 Pruitt set in motion - including vehicle mileage standards - are still a major concern for environmental groups and others. The Obama-era standards required new cars and light trucks built after 2025 to get about 50 miles per gallon. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Consumer Energy Policy Environment Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt's EPA Exit "Long Overdue" Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-06/environment/government-watchdog-groups-pruitts-epa-exit-long-overdue/a63176-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-06/environment/government-watchdog-groups-pruitts-epa-exit-long-overdue/a63176-2 Common Cause, said Pruitt's questionable past was widely known. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Climate Change/Air Quality Endangered Species & Wildlife Energy Policy Environment Public Lands/Wilderness Iowa's Utility Companies Face Monday Deadline for Energy-Efficiency Plans Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-06/energy-policy/iowas-utility-companies-face-monday-deadline-for-energy-efficiency-plans/a63176-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-06/energy-policy/iowas-utility-companies-face-monday-deadline-for-energy-efficiency-plans/a63176-1 approved legislation to limit how much utilities can spend on efficiency programs – a major blow to Iowans advocating for conservation programs that encouraged residents to reduce energy use. Kerri Johannsen, manager of government affairs with the Iowa Environmental Council, says until now Iowa always has been a leader in trying to reduce energy use, which can mean fewer power plants. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Energy Policy Environment Study: Climate Change Alters Crop Yields by Degree Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-02/sustainable-agriculture/study-climate-change-alters-crop-yields-by-degree/a63042-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-02/sustainable-agriculture/study-climate-change-alters-crop-yields-by-degree/a63042-1 The research, headed by Michelle Tigchelaar, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, shows that an increase in average temperature of two to four degrees Celsius would decrease crop yields by at least 18 percent across the United States. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Environment Hunger/Food/Nutrition Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Pollinator Week: How a Garden Might Help Save a Species Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-22/endangered-species-and-wildlife/pollinator-week-how-a-garden-might-help-save-a-species/a63011-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-22/endangered-species-and-wildlife/pollinator-week-how-a-garden-might-help-save-a-species/a63011-1 Garden for Wildlife program at the National Wildlife Federation, says animal pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds pollinate one-third of crops in the U.S. ...(Read More)]]> Endangered Species & Wildlife Environment Midwest Needs "All Hands on Deck" to Save Monarch Butterfly Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-21/endangered-species-and-wildlife/midwest-needs-all-hands-on-deck-to-save-monarch-butterfly/a62576-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-21/endangered-species-and-wildlife/midwest-needs-all-hands-on-deck-to-save-monarch-butterfly/a62576-1 (Read More)]]> Endangered Species & Wildlife Environment Iowa Farmers: Communicate to Reduce Risks from Pesticide Drift Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-16/rural-farming/iowa-farmers-communicate-to-reduce-risks-from-pesticide-drift/a62531-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-16/rural-farming/iowa-farmers-communicate-to-reduce-risks-from-pesticide-drift/a62531-1 "Pesticide drift" is the biggest issue, especially when using dicamba. Dicamba has been used on and off for decades, but an increase in weed resistance as well as dicamba-resistant soybeans have led to renewed use. ...(Read More)]]> Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Toxics Iowa Pipeline Opponents Face Tough Penalties Under New "Sabotage" Law Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-23/environment/iowa-pipeline-opponents-face-tough-penalties-under-new-sabotage-law/a62253-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-23/environment/iowa-pipeline-opponents-face-tough-penalties-under-new-sabotage-law/a62253-1 Senate File 2235, last week. ...(Read More)]]> Civic Engagement Criminal Justice Environment Health Water "March for Science" Returns to Iowa Capitol Saturday Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-13/civic-engagement/march-for-science-returns-to-iowa-capitol-saturday/a62175-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-13/civic-engagement/march-for-science-returns-to-iowa-capitol-saturday/a62175-1 March for Science" have asked gubernatorial candidates and others to attend and share their beliefs about science with potential constituents. Multiple candidates are running for the office held by Gov. Kim Reynolds, who was appointed to the post and is now seeking a full term. ...(Read More)]]> Civic Engagement Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Water Research Project Verifies Dollar Return on Iowa Cover Crops Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-03/rural-farming/research-project-verifies-dollar-return-on-iowa-cover-crops/a62028-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-03/rural-farming/research-project-verifies-dollar-return-on-iowa-cover-crops/a62028-1 ractical Farmers of Iowa in order to put a price tag on the forage produced by cover crops. The goal was to quantify the value of grazing cattle on cover crops and showed the total economic gain from feeding those crops to cattle ranged from $2 per acre to $60 per acre. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Iowa Soybean Farmers Can Sweeten Honeybee Survival Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-14/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-soybean-farmers-can-sweeten-honeybee-survival/a61810-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-14/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-soybean-farmers-can-sweeten-honeybee-survival/a61810-1 Honey Bee Health Coalition has unveiled a management plan for growers. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Iowa Farmers Test Innovative Technique to Manage Cover Crops Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-28/rural-farming/iowa-farmers-test-innovative-technique-to-manage-cover-crops/a61621-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-28/rural-farming/iowa-farmers-test-innovative-technique-to-manage-cover-crops/a61621-1 Practical Farmers of Iowa, says cover crops such as cereal rye can be planted in the fall and then terminated in the spring by using a mechanical roller-crimper, avoiding the use of chemicals or the need for tiling. Tim Sieren farms 350 acres of corn and soybeans in southeast Iowa and says he's a conventional, not organic farmer but wanted to try it because it's important to think outside the box. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Toxics Iowa Hog Industry Faces More Pushback Over Factory Farms Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-26/consumer-issues/iowa-hog-industry-faces-more-pushback-over-factory-farms/a61600-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-26/consumer-issues/iowa-hog-industry-faces-more-pushback-over-factory-farms/a61600-1 (Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Health Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Water Study: Indoor Pollution Becoming Worse than Outdoor Pollution Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-20/environment/study-indoor-pollution-becoming-worse-than-outdoor-pollution/a61512-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-20/environment/study-indoor-pollution-becoming-worse-than-outdoor-pollution/a61512-1 new study has come up with a surprising result: Because cars are now dramatically cleaner than they used to be, products like skin lotions and indoor cleaners are becoming the dominant source of key emissions. University of Colorado lead author and scientist, Brian McDonald, says common household products such as printer ink or cleaning agents are now a major cause for concern because the transportation industry is much cleaner than it was 50 to 100 years ago. "As emissions from tailpipe sources come down, then other sources from everyday use of chemical products - things like pesticides, paints, perfumes - are becoming a more and more important source of emissions of these volatile organic compounds," he explains. "...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Environment Toxics Urban Planning/Transportation Waste Reduction/Recycling Iowa Lawmakers Hear Bills to Scale Back Energy-Efficiency Programs Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-15/energy-policy/iowa-lawmakers-hear-bills-to-scale-back-energy-efficiency-programs/a61453-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-15/energy-policy/iowa-lawmakers-hear-bills-to-scale-back-energy-efficiency-programs/a61453-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Consumer Energy Policy Environment Animal Rights Group Says Meat Tax is Overdue Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-12/health-issues/animal-rights-group-says-meat-tax-is-overdue/a61401-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-12/health-issues/animal-rights-group-says-meat-tax-is-overdue/a61401-1 (Read More)]]> Animal Welfare Consumer Environment Health Hunger/Food/Nutrition Rural/Farming Iowa Farmers Ready for a Revival Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-10/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-farmers-ready-for-a-revival/a60964-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-10/sustainable-agriculture/iowa-farmers-ready-for-a-revival/a60964-1 upcoming annual conference, themed "Revival." Dozens of topics will be examined that highlight diversification and healthy ecosystems. Along with his wife, Lori, Matthew Weise of Earlham will talk about adding beef cattle to their vegetable and poultry operation. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture A Watershed Approach to Improving Iowa Water Quality? 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Study author Mary Craighead says policymakers need to understand the potential costs and consequences of climate change, and adds they need to be proactive to protect communities and the economy. Her report says the average air temperature has increased by more than 4 degrees since the 1980s, and there's been a 27-percent increase in the number of days of very heavy rain since the 1950s. ...(Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Environment Urban Planning/Transportation Water Marchers Create Unity on Climate Change in Iowa Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-28/climate-change-air-quality/marchers-create-unity-on-climate-change-in-iowa/a57465-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-28/climate-change-air-quality/marchers-create-unity-on-climate-change-in-iowa/a57465-1 (Read More)]]> Climate Change/Air Quality Environment Rural/Farming Sustainable Agriculture Leaked Letters Show Chemical Co. Tried to Kill Pesticide Study Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-24/environment/leaked-letters-show-chemical-co-tried-to-kill-pesticide-study/a57405-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-24/environment/leaked-letters-show-chemical-co-tried-to-kill-pesticide-study/a57405-1 letters, Dow executives ask Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to withdraw recently released "biological evaluations" that show three insecticides, including Dow's chlorpyrifos, are likely to harm 97 percent of threatened or endangered species. 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