USDA’s Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which […]

Grassley Says a Phoenix VA Whistleblower Makes Valuable Disclosures

Sen. Chuck Grassley is a long-time whistleblower advocate.  Grassley made the following comment on the findings of the independent Office of Special Counsel that a Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblower exposed significant and continued patient wait times at the Phoenix VA. “Sometimes whistleblowers expose matters of life and death, other times they expose harm against […]

Ernst, Gardner Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Safe, Effective Contraception

Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) re-introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act, paving the way for contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. Additionally, Congresswomen Mia Love (R-UT) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act incentivizes […]

Polaris Plans to Drop Unprofitable Victory Motorcycle Brand

 Polaris Industries in Spirit Lake is eliminating its unprofitable Victory Motorcycles brand to focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. Polaris announced the decision Monday to shut down Victory after 18 years. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis-based company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant. Polaris CEO Scott Wine says the company decided that its […]

Hancock County E911 Service Discussion…Still Going

Hancock County is definitely not finished with the communications and 911 service discussion yet.  After many disgruntled citizens opposed the proposed communications center merger with Winnebago County to save taxpayer money and improve dispatch services, the Hancock County Supervisors are now looking at other ways to sharpen its handling of emergency 911 calls. Supervisor Jerry […]

Ethanol Production Has Trump Backing According to Ernst

Both of Iowa’s U.S. Senators say they’ve been reassured that the Trump Administration will back the federal ethanol production mandate. On Thursday, Senator Joni Ernst met with Scott Pruitt, the state attorney general from oil-rich Oklahoma. Trump has nominated Pruitt to serve as director of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Renewable Fuels Standard is the […]