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Branstad will hold ethanol hearing in Des Moines Jan. 23


Gov. Terry Branstad says he will host a public hearing on a proposal that would reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. More>>

Farmers fighting cold weather to keep livestock safe


The frigid temperatures across eastern Iowa have farmers like Bill Ellison spending extra time caring for their livestock. More>>

Low corn price places caution on farmers and ag industry


A bushel of corn currently sits at roughly $4.12, and according to NASDAQ, that's a price that's been declining for at least the past two weeks. More>>

Sewer blockage dumped waste into Mississippi River in Dubuque


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a sewer blockage caused untreated waste water to get into the Mississippi River this weekend. More>>

No small fry: Cedar Falls couple starts shrimp business


Matt Weichers and his wife wanted to start a business for a long time, and noticed the shrimp business was open in the Cedar Falls area. More>>

Grant Co. deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease


The state Department of Natural Resources says a deer taken outside the chronic wasting disease management zone in Grant County has tested positive for CWD. More>>

Keosauqua hog farm could now require permit after manure spill


A hog farm in southeast Iowa run by an Illinois corporation has become the latest battleground between environmental groups, state officials, and modern farming operations that consolidate thousands of animals in confinement buildings. More>>

Iowa plant approved to slaughter horses considering options


An Iowa meat plant that was approved to slaughter horses has no immediate plans to do so, despite an appeals-court ruling that allowed the company to proceed. More>>

MidAmerican hires Ft. Madison plant to make wind turbine blades


MidAmerican Energy officials say they have contracted with an Iowa wind turbine blade factory to make all the blades for 448 wind turbines the company is installing in Iowa. More>>

House passes extension of Farm Bill until end of January


The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bill. More>>

Branstad, politicians want EPA ethanol hearing held in Iowa


Iowa's governor and the state's entire congressional delegation are asking the Obama administration to hold a hearing in Iowa to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce ethanol production in 2014. More>>

Fla. man working for Chinese company arrested for stealing seed


Federal authorities in Iowa have charged a Florida man working for a Chinese company with conspiracy to steal patented corn seed trade secrets from two leading U.S. seed developers. More>>

Iowa farmland rises in value this year, setting record


The 2013 Iowa Land Value Survey says farmland values rose 5.1 percent from last year, setting another record. More>>

Tyson to ask beef, chicken farmers to meet animal welfare rules


Tyson has decided to expand its animal welfare requirements to its beef and chicken suppliers. More>>

Partially-sunken towboat spilling oil into Mississippi raised


The U.S. Coast Guard says a partially sunken towboat has been raised from the Mississippi River at LeClaire two weeks after it hit something in the river and took on water. More>>

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