You’ve got to hand it to people along America’s Gulf Coast who support their families as commercial shrimpers and fishermen. They certainly are patient. For the past 25 years, the challenges they face in finding an adequate supply of shrimp and fish have grown larger and more expensive. And Iowans are a key factor in this problem. Randy Evans
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.
ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
As soybean and cotton farmers across the Midwest and South continue to see their crops ravaged from the weed killer dicamba, new complaints have pointed to the herbicide as a factor in widespread damage to oak trees.
ByJackie Wang, Nicole Tyau and Chelsea Rae Ybanez/News21 |
Lynda Cochart did not realize her water in Wisconsin was contaminated with coliform bacteria until she contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant skin infection. Another News21 report that puts farm run-off, including some in Iowa, into perspective.
ByRachael Lallensack/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism |
When it comes to pesticides — including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides — in Wisconsin’s drinking water, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found several health concerns in this investigation.
Some farmers applying pesticides to fields this summer might ignore symptoms of being exposed to the chemicals, like headaches or nausea. But mounting evidence shows chronic exposure to pesticides may increase risks for certain cancers, like prostate cancer, and for other chronic illnesses, like Parkinson’s and thyroid disease.
The Environmental Management System, or EMS, was seen as an alternative to relying simply on giving credits to Iowa landfills that serve as incentives for accepting fewer tons of garbage. But adoption of this approach has been slow.
ByHaley Henschel/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Bridgit Bowden/Wisconsin Public Radio |
A controversial frac sand mining company that recently opened a site in Wisconsin is facing opposition to plans that would greatly expand its mine in Clayton County, Iowa. Pattison Sand Co. has requested re-zoning of 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial to expand its underground mine.