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Water Issues Abound

I just finished up writing a fairly wide-ranging article for our next newsletter regarding the sound management of water resources for rural and urban areas. And lo and behold what do I see on the web the very next day but this:

Mean What You Say

Despite passage by a significant majority in the Iowa Senate, SF 504, a bill that would have required meatpackers to purchase 25% of the hogs they slaughter in Iowa from independent producers in the cash market, died in a legislative subcommittee.  Senate President Jack Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) introduced the bill in the Senate and urged passage to help preserve market access for independent hog farmers and competition in livestock markets.

Farm Bill Needs Payment Limits

Many young folks dream of farming and ranching. They have spent their lives watching their parents struggle to keep the farm so that one day they have something to pass down to their children.

Crazy Enough to Think We Can

You may have noticed. We're trying to raise $15,000 in individual donations by May 15th. That might be pocket change for some of the larger non-profits that raise money online, but at the Center for Rural Affairs that is real money.

It is also more money then we have ever raised at this time of the year before. The few of us in the office that hatched this idea were met with raised eyebrows from some of the other staff members: "Fifteen-thousand dollars by May 15th?"

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