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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

EPC member resigns, cites anti-agriculture direction of board

By Jason Hancock | 09.10.08 | 3:03 pm
Ralph Klemme

Ralph Klemme

A member of the state’s Environmental Protection Commission who has been labeled by critics as “pro-factory farms” has stepped down.

Ralph Klemme, a former Republican state representative from LeMars, resigned from the nine-person oversight panel, which is part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, late last week. He told the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers that the commission’s “increasing tilt against agriculture” was his main reason to step down.

“I appreciated the appointment by the governor, but I didn’t like the direction the commission was going,” Klemme said. “I just don’t think there is a lot of common sense in some of the decisions.”

Klemme, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Chet Culver in 2007, said several of the EPC’s recent decisions indicated that several commission members tend to blame agriculture for nearly all of Iowa’s environmental issues.

This includes a decision last month by the EPC to deny a permit for two new livestock barns in Dallas County despite meeting all state rules and regulations.

The Commission voted in August to deny two 7,440-head hog factories in Dallas County. Klemme was one of two commissioners who voted to approve the farms.

In a press release, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a group that is strongly opposed to corporate farms, called Klemme’s resignation a victory and an opportunity to get someone on the commission who will “stand up for protecting Iowa’s environment.”

A former state legislator from LeMars, Klemme voted in May to approve a large hog factory in Greene County that was overwhelmingly opposed by local residents, county officials and local business leaders. He also voted against a common-sense rule that would have limited the amount of manure that factory farm owners could be spread on soybean crops.

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  • daddysteve

    Property rights upheld. Thou shalt not pollute thy neighbors land. That's the kind of environmentalism I can get behind.

  • daddysteve

    Property rights upheld. Thou shalt not pollute thy neighbors land. That's the kind of environmentalism I can get behind.

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