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Branstad will hold ethanol hearing in Des Moines Jan. 23

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Partially-sunken towboat spilling oil into Mississippi raised

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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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  • UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:28:42 GMT
    The UNI Women's soccer team is coming off a disappointing 4 and 15 season marred by injuries and a lot of close losses. In fact the Panthers were either tied of had the lead in the second half of 15 of their 19 games last fall. Despite their efforts uni soccer has been picked to finish in last place in the conference this fall--but the Panthers did have one voter pick them to finish in first place.UNI head coach James Price said, "Well that would be me--but I do that every year--i am a little...More >>
    The UNI Women's soccer team is coming off a disappointing 4 and 15 season marred by injuries and a lot of close losses. In fact the Panthers were either tied of had the lead in the second half of 15 of their 19 games last fall. Despite their efforts uni soccer has been picked to finish in last place in the conference this fall--but the Panthers did have one voter pick them to finish in first place.UNI head coach James Price said, "Well that would be me--but I do that every year--i am a little...More >>
  • Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:28:06 GMT
    At the end of Waterloo Columbus Sailors football practice on Thursdaynew sailor head coach Brad Schmidt got caught up in a bit of a challenge---as the entireSailor football team dropped a couple of buckets of ice water on him for the ALS Challenge. Friday we will have an interview with the new Columbus head coach.More >>
    At the end of Waterloo Columbus Sailors football practice on Thursdaynew sailor head coach Brad Schmidt got caught up in a bit of a challenge---as the entireSailor football team dropped a couple of buckets of ice water on him for the ALS Challenge. Friday we will have an interview with the new Columbus head coach.More >>
  • UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:27:20 GMT
    The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team has been pegged to finish second in the 2014 preseason Missouri Valley Conference coaches' poll. The Panthers nabbed a pair of first-place votes but came up two points short of favorite Wichita State in the poll.Panther head coach Bobbi Petersen believes the conference will be very competitive again--but she's thankful the MVC Postseason tournament will be held in Cedar Falls. "Very pumped that during one of the most competitive conference races...More >>
    The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team has been pegged to finish second in the 2014 preseason Missouri Valley Conference coaches' poll. The Panthers nabbed a pair of first-place votes but came up two points short of favorite Wichita State in the poll.Panther head coach Bobbi Petersen believes the conference will be very competitive again--but she's thankful the MVC Postseason tournament will be held in Cedar Falls. "Very pumped that during one of the most competitive conference races...More >>
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