On-Farm Energy Generation Hampered By Cost, Not Technology

IARN — Renewable forms of energy are nothing new. They are certainly nothing new in Iowa. When you look across the Iowa landscape, you will be treated to vistas of grain fields, barns, and wind generators. According to American Wind Energy Association, Iowa is second only to Texas in the number of installed wind turbine capacity. Iowa now generates the highest percentage of its electricity using wind. That figure surpassed 40% last fall. In fact, we generate the largest percentage of wind energy of any state. Read more

House Passes Ag Appropriations Bill Despite White House Opposition

IARN — On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a minibus of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, which included the agriculture bill. However, the White House is opposed to the overall bill and cited some specific provisions as the reason for its opposition. The final vote was 224-189. Seven Democrats, including House Ag Chair Collin Peterson, voted with Republicans in voting against it. Another 17 Republicans didn’t vote. The Senate hasn’t yet acted on appropriations bills. It’s not clear if the House and Senate will finish the appropriations process or pass a continuing resolution that will fund the government either until after the election or next year. Read more