Iowa’s future washing down the river

Iowa's future washing down the river By The Des Moines Register's Editorial15 April 2011 The proposed reorganization of Iowa's Department of Economic Development might be an example of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. However pleasing such a rearrangement might be, it won't keep Iowa's economy from sinking. And Iowa's economy might well sink [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:08+00:00April 20th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Iowa’s future washing down the river

Search for Super Corn Seeks to Limit Nitrogen Use, Pollution

Search for Super Corn Seeks to Limit Nitrogen Use, Pollution By Jon Birger, Bloomberg Business Week15 April 2011 Illustrator: Yuko Kondo/Bloomberg Businessweek Marc Albertsen, the bespectacled, 62-year-old research director at Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont Co.’s seed-development unit, was catching up on paperwork one morning in July 2007 when he got a call from an assistant, Sharon [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:08+00:00April 20th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Search for Super Corn Seeks to Limit Nitrogen Use, Pollution

Learn and play at LUMCON this weekend

Learn and play at LUMCON this weekend By Houma Today.com12 April 2011 HOUMA — Want to learn what creatures live at the bottom of the Gulf dead zone? Or go on an airboat ride into the marsh and get your hands on some of the Gulf’s sea life? Located near the end of the road [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:08+00:00April 14th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Learn and play at LUMCON this weekend

Ancient Ocean ‘Dead Zone’ Delayed Life After Mass Extinction

Ancient Ocean 'Dead Zone' Delayed Life After Mass Extinction By Wynne Parry, LiveScience.com1 April 2011 A flood of nutrients may have created an oxygen-starved ocean about 250 million years ago, preventing life from bouncing back for a few million years after a mass extinction wiped out 90 percent of marine species, a new study indicates. [...]

2011-04-11T08:44:00+00:00April 11th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Ancient Ocean ‘Dead Zone’ Delayed Life After Mass Extinction

Don’t end DNR role in regulating water

Don't end DNR role in regulating water By Mike Delaney, opinion in the Des Moines Register7 April 2011The Raccoon River Watershed Association (RRWA) is opposed to transferring authority for water quality programs from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to the Iowa Department of Agriculture (SF 500). The RRWA board believes that transferring the authority [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:08+00:00April 11th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Don’t end DNR role in regulating water

The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970

The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970 By Paula Crossfield, The Huffington Post24 March 2011 This is a story about crap -- literally, tons of it. Piling up in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and being sprayed onto farm fields, animal manure is polluting the nation's waterways and is nearly impossible to regulate. Last [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:08+00:00April 11th, 2011|News|Comments Off on The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970

The Big Idea: Perennial Grains

The Big Idea: Perennial Grains By By Robert Kunzig, National Geographic7 April 2011 Photograph by Rebecca Hale, NGM Staff Humans made an unwitting but fateful choice 10,000 years ago as we started cultivating wild plants: We chose annuals. All the grains that feed billions of people today—wheat, rice, corn, and so on—come from annual plants, [...]

2017-01-17T09:22:09+00:00April 11th, 2011|News|Comments Off on The Big Idea: Perennial Grains