Agriculture

  • Gagging on ag-gag

    - Feb 7, 2017
    Animal-rights groups argue so-called ag-gag rule prevents needed investigations By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Animals-rights activists continue to question the constitutionality of so-called ag-gag legislation prohibiting undercover investigations of livestock operations. While Iowa’s law has not come...
  • Grassley: Big ag consolidation wave has become a tsunami

    - Sep 20, 2016
    by Mitch McAndrew | mmcandrew@uiowa.edu In a Tuesday morning Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley expressed concern about farmers in the wake of several proposed agriculture-sector consolidations. The most recent of these mergers, a...
  • Grassley to hold hearing on Monsanto-Bayer merger

    - Sep 20, 2016
    By Maria Curi | maria-curi@uiowa.edu In his role as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, longtime Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is holding a committee hearing today regarding Monsanto and Bayer’s proposed $66 billion merger and its potential impact...
  • Trump headlines Ernst fundraiser

    - Aug 27, 2016
    By Matthew Jack | matthew-jack@uiowa.edu DES MOINES — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump headlined the second annual Roast and Ride fundraiser hosted by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) on Saturday, painting a Republican party embodying unity and hope....
  • Ethanol divides hopefuls in Iowa

    - May 14, 2015
    The Renewable Fuel Standard is a debate that truly turns full circle. Arguments travel from opposition on free-market priorities to support for transitioning away from foreign oil and back to opposition in support of cleaner burning...
  • Iowa delegation moves on ethanol

    - Apr 23, 2015
    Much of Iowa’s congressional delegation says the Environmental Protection Agency is improperly placing binds on renewable-fuel companies and consumers. Members in the U.S. House and Senate have introduced acts that would strip “burdensome restrictions” placed on...
  • Renewable fuel a kingmaker in Iowa

    - Mar 9, 2015
    In the land of corn and caucuses, ethanol is king. For 2016 presidential hopefuls, many will have to persuade the state’s voters they know Iowa’s largest industry. And their opinions on the renewable-fuel standard, as evidenced...
  • 5 takeaways from the Iowa Ag Summit

    - Mar 7, 2015
    Politics reporters Aaron Walker and Brent Griffiths recap the events of Saturday’s Iowa Ag Summit.   1. Agriculture front and center Agriculture reigns supreme in the state of Iowa, which as agribusiness entrepreneur and major Republican...
  • Scott Walker continues hot streak

    - Mar 7, 2015
    DES MOINES — He was the enemy of labor unions and Democratic Party members who vowed that they would oust him. He survived. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was lost in the deluge of Jeb Bush’s...
  • George Pataki touches on RFS, broadband at Ag Summit

    - Mar 7, 2015
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki touted his agriculture background, but expressed skepticism of ethanol policy during his appearance at the Iowa Agriculture Summit. The three-term governor of New York from 1995-2006 discussed his position on...