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Growing Influence: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Crop Insurance


At least 80 groups spent more than $50 million lobbying over the Farm Bill overhaul of crop insurance. Yet, crop insurance does not ensure more food, an Iowa State University researcher says in this special report by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and Harvest Public Media. Continue Reading →

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Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill


The $956 billion Farm Bill, which set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests. It has evolved from a spotlight on commodities to a focus on consumers, a joint investigation by Harvest Public Media and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found. Continue Reading →

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Bioengineers Hope Turning Garbage Into Gas Opens A Green Frontier in Iowa, Midwest

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The thought of turning your dinner table leftovers, old cardboard boxes and even dirty diapers into fuel for your car might sound ambitious, or even absurd. But scientists, bioengineers and profit-minded businesspeople say they can do it. Continue Reading →

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Climate Change Threatens U.S. Food Security; Crop Insurance Poised To Remain Hot Topic

Soybean harvest just north of Mansfield, Ill., in early October 2013. The National Climate Assessment, released earlier in May, outlined how climate change will affect the $330 billion a year agriculture industry.

Federal crop insurance programs may serve even greater roles when it comes to farmers’ risk management plans, in light of a recent government report on global warming, industry officials say. Continue Reading →

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Many Iowa Employers Look For Study Abroad Experience


GOING GLOBAL special report: studying abroad experience can give graduates valuable skills in areas such as communication and collaboration, in addition to cultural awareness, an increasingly sought-after trait in a global economy. Continue Reading →

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New FDA Nutrition Labels a Long Time Coming


Changes to nutrition labels on food packaging are in motion, and the industry will pay upfront. The new labels will require businesses to re-print, redesign and redistribute the new labels at their own cost while the federal government is overhauls nutrition labeling. Continue Reading →

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FDA’s Proposed Changes for Food Labels Aimed At Healthier Eating

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking public comment until June 2, 2014, on proposed changes on nutrition labels on food and beverage packaging.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes on nutrition labels on food and beverage packaging to bring the information up to date with the latest research and to help people understand what they are eating and drinking. It will take public comment until June 2. Continue Reading →

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Graduating Debt-Free Gave Students A Jump In Job Market


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some hard work and a little luck has left a handful of graduating seniors at Drake University free of any student-loan debt, and anxiety about wading into the workforce. Erin Hassanzadeh, 21, a graduating broadcast major from Bloomington, Minnesota, who has accepted a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Korea, said she has saved wages from work she has done since she was 13. Her first job was helping out at her parents’ restaurant back home. She also got help from her parents and a generous scholarship from Drake, she said. “I’m very thankful for that,” she said. Continue Reading →

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