Broadband Map Fix Will Reveal Needs

(IARN) — The House of Representatives passed legislation last week that will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act requires broadband providers to report more specific data to create a significantly more accurate and granular National Broadband Map. Read more

Iowa Farmland Ownership Not Changing Much

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The man who conducts the annual Iowa State survey on farmland values says many owners have been able to weather the downturn in the farm economy because they don’t have to make payments on their ground. Read more

Farm Credit Pleased With How Their Customers Survived 2019

(IARN) — In 2019, it was all about taking advantage of the opportunities you were presented. You had to roll when the weather allowed, and you had to make market maneuvers in the few windows where it could pay off. Farm Credit said after a year that was as challenging as this one, they are proud to see many of their producers weathering the storm very well. Read more

Seven Groups Sue USDA Over Pork Processing Revisions

(IARN) — Seven organizations last week jointly filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its decision to reduce oversight at pig slaughterhouses and eliminate limits on slaughter speeds. The groups claim the changes “expose pigs to greater suffering,” and defy federal slaughter, meat inspection, and environmental protection laws. Read more