Iowa Pesticide Bureau Workloads Grow But Not Inspection Staff Levels

Share This: Reprinted with permission from, produced by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Workloads for eight state investigators who determine whether herbicides are applied properly in Iowa have more than doubled the past two years, with no plans in sight for adding staffers. The workload increase — from 110 misuse reports in the 2016 crop year to 249 in the 2018 crop year — coincides with the introduction by agrochemical companies of dicamba-based herbicides to kill weeds... READ MORE

It’s Not the Economy: Study Says Money Worries Didn’t Drive Iowa Voters in 2016

Iowa professors’ study links the state’s 2016 swing toward the Republican Party to rurality, education level, and race. The increased popularity of the Republican candidate did not correlate with concerns about the economy.... READ MORE

The dirt on soil loss from the Midwest floods

Recent extreme rains and weather in the Midwest are causing a multitude of problems in the topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.... READ MORE

Nonmetro Counties Gain Pop. For 2nd Straight Year

Rural America’s population grew by 0.1 percent from 20017 to 2018. The growth was small and clustered near metropolitan areas. But it reverses the trend of population loss that occurred from 2011 to 2016.... READ MORE

Farmers’ Share of Food Spending Drops

For each dollar Americans spend on food, 14.6 cents go to farmers, according to the latest figures from USDA Economic Research Service. The report, using 2017 data, marks the sixth straight year farmers have earned a smaller share of domestic food spending.... READ MORE

Letter from Langdon: The ‘Maybe Disaster’ of Northwest Missouri

As flood debris festers in the spring sunshine, Congress and the state of Missouri can’t make up their minds whether to help – or even if there is a disaster. Meanwhile, the only thing getting repaired are the railroads.... READ MORE

Thomas, WV: The Town the Arts (Re) Built

The downtown of this town of 600 sat nearly vacant until a music venue and artists began to create a new economic future for the former coal town. A new guide from the National Association of Governors says arts and culture can be part of rebuilding economies in rural communities.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: In a Desert, Any Oasis Will Do

Rural “news deserts” are anything but arid. But the steady stream of information that flows into rural America isn't the kind that waters the roots of democracy.... READ MORE

Letter from Langdon: Notes from the Flood

Record-setting flooding in the Midwest may have disappeared from your national news feed, but for residents in the affected areas such as Richard Oswald in northwest Missouri, the story is still unfolding.... READ MORE


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