DES MOINES — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final targets for using renewable fuels in the next two years under what’s called the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The final numbers for biodiesel and ethanol are below the original numbers called for in the law. The ethanol numbers do not please Iowa Renewable
DES MOINES — As many as two-thousand farmers and farming advocates will be attending the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Convention opening today in Des Moines. Farm Bureau spokeswoman Laurie Johns says this is the organization’s 97th annual convention and the theme is “Growing for the Greater Good.” Johns says, “Whether that’s education seminars, that’s
DES MOINES — Leaders in the Iowa Department of Education are asking the governor and legislators for more money to improve the reading skills of students in the early grades. Iowa Department of Education director Ryan Wise is asking for nine-million dollars to help finance summer school programs focused on reading proficiency. “Money that will
DES MOINES — When Terry Branstad ran for governor in 2010, he made a job-creation promise. One of Branstad’s top state agency managers was in the governor’s office Monday to say that goal has been met. “We just went over 200,000 jobs created since the beginning of the Branstad Administration,” said Beth Townsend, director of
PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth man who was injured by a falling vehicle over the weekend is listed in critical condition. Authorities responded at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon to the 1400 block of Broad Street after a vehicle had fallen on the man. 63-year-old Joseph Moore was airlifted to Mercy-North Iowa in Mason City where he was
In an effort to collect as much information as it can on proposed rules on railroad performance data reporting, the Surface Transportation Board earlier this month announced it will waive its prohibition on ex parte communications.