Sioux Center, Iowa — Sibley isn’t the only town getting a new aquatic center next year. Sioux Center is in the middle of building an outdoor addition to their All Seasons Center as well. Read more
Sioux County, Iowa — The two Sioux County Christian institutes of higher learning continue to do well in the annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Read more
Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man faces a felony OWI charge after being accused of driving under the influence for the third time this past weekend. Read more
Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man has died as the result of a crash near Larchwood. Read more
Washington, DC — The 56-member Farm Bill conference committee met for the first time this past week. The current Farm Bill, which sets agriculture and nutrition program policy for five years, expires on September 30th. The conference committee — made up of nine senators and 47 House members — is tasked with reconciling differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst is on the committee. She says they’re making progress toward a completed farm bill.
She says livestock production and protection remains one of her priorities.
She praised the House version of the bill on its provisions for biofuels.
She also backed the Senate-passed language under the “Energy” title.
She says Congress has a real opportunity to carry out a number of priorities.
One of the main sticking points between the House and Senate bills is how they address SNAP – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – also known as Food Stamps. The House bill calls for $20 billion in cuts to the program and a work requirement for SNAP benefits. The Senate version does not.
Statewide Iowa — As harvest approaches, experts are urging Iowa farmers to watch their costs and be patient as they face a difficult market for corn and soybeans. Read more