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Iowa should watch, learn from neighbors on clean energy

For decades, Iowa has rightfully taken pride in being a leader in clean energy nationally and in the Midwest. Iowa was the first state to establish a renewable portfolio standard in 1983. We produce some of the highest rates of wind energy per capita with roughly 37 percent of our electricity coming from wind.

Staff spotlight: Jason brings a personal touch to new position

Jason Huntington specializes in small business lending, but his job is more than handling money—it’s helping turn rural hopes and dreams into reality.

A part of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), Jason’s position of loan portfolio manager is new to the organization.

REAP is a program that focuses on small business development, and consists of four elements including networking, business management training, credit (microloans), and technical assistance.

Have you worked with NRCS to improve conservation on your operation?

Conservation is a deeply held value for many of our supporters. This is why the Center for Rural Affairs engages on conservation policy such as programs managed by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Have you worked with NRCS to improve conservation on your operations? We’re interested in how the practices you have used or the practices you are using are working out.

Flowing Forward: Iowa’s role in cleaning up the Gulf

The state of Iowa has a lot of water. In fact, the state contains more than two dozen rivers, including the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. For many years, state leaders have grappled with the question of how to improve the quality of Iowa’s waterways. Meanwhile, lakes have been listed as “impaired” by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and rivers have elevated levels of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, flowing downstream. But, the impacts of poor water quality in the state have expansive consequences which have caused issues as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

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