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Editorials

Critical deadline approaching

The clock is ticking March 16 is THE LAST day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year.If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your 2019 election for either the ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureWeek four was another short week for us because of the Iowa caucuses on Monday. While the week was shorter, it also included the first floor debate of the year.Since we have been working on subcommittees for a few weeks now, committee work has also started to pick up as we get ...

District 72 Update

District 72 NewsletterThe fourth week of session was very busy with committee meetings and subcommittee meetings taking up much of the time. The "Funnel " date of Feb. 21 is looming large in everyone's mind, as bills must be out of committee by then to move forward.I have the privilege of ...

New Waters of the United States rule is welcome news for Iowa farmers

In May 2015, former President Barack Obama ignored the legitimate concerns of Iowa's farmers, manufacturers and small businesses and announced an egregious rule expanding the definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS), a move that sent shockwaves through rural communities across the ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureThe second week of the legislative session was a short one due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. However, that day off did not mean the week was any less busy. Subcommittees have already started on a number of topics and we're starting to hear from groups and ...

Property tax concerns on South Tama School bonds

I want for people to have their new school. I really do. I wish you the very best. I just don't want to pay for it. At least not in a disproportionate manner, or against my will. This is not about a school, this is about how you're going to pay for it. Nobody is explaining anything. It's ...

Time has come for ag labor reform

The economy is humming and most people who want a job have one. This is great news.If you are an employer with positions to fill, though, things aren't so great.The struggle to find workers is especially evident in rural America. Help-wanted signs are plentiful in our small towns' restaurants, ...

South Tama Middle School plan explained

B ySouth Tama Consolidated School District Board of EducationPenny Tyynismaa,PresidentMandy LekinVice PresidentRon HoughtonDirector District 1Alan KlineDirector District 4Clint WernerDirector District 5On March 3, community members will vote on three ballot questions. If all three are approved, ...

District 72 Update

Newsletter for January 16, 2020The 2020 session of the Iowa General Assembly has begun in earnest. As always, the first week of a session is marked by ceremony and speeches, along with the day to day work of drafting and filing bills.On Monday the House elected our new leadership. Rep. Pat ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureThis was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. It is exciting to be back at the Capitol, and we are ready to get started on many of the issues we have heard about over the past several months.Each year we listen to speeches from the Majority Leader, the Senate ...