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Letters to the Editor

Letters from readers

To the editor,The state's egg and poultry farmers want to thank Iowa Department of Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, along with state and local elected leaders, for their continued advocacy for our industry. These are difficult times for our farms, and that support is critical as farmers work ...

Letters from readers

To the editor,The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, and Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, will supposedly solve the question of GMO labeling.Instead of allowing states to set their own standards, the theory is one federal standard ...

Letter from reader

To the editor,It is with no small amount of disgust that I read the articles and hear the radio ads promoting lawsuits against Syngenta for selling their fully legal corn trait.Yes, I suppose there will be farmers who jump on this litigation bandwagon, as it's billed as a no-risk opportunity ...

Colonoscopies, then and now

To the editor,The article by County Agent Guy (Jan. 16 issue) of Farm News, "The colonoscopy" was quite funny, especially to those of us who routinely endure this procedure.However, his opening paragraph referring to the SR-71 Blackbird was what caught my attention.During my shortened career in ...

Silent leadership is unacceptable

To the editor,I'm a long time Iowa Farm Bureau member and active at the local level because this organization, I felt, had the most potential and power to protect the rights of individual farmers.Unfortunately, the past 18 months of effort to engage IFB in our battle to protect private property ...

So much for the American Dream

Growing up, we believe most kids were taught if you worked hard, you could live the American Dream of owning your own place and make a good living.Over the past 20 years, we have worked hard and lived what we would call a modest lifestyle, to realize the dream.A year and a half ago we were ...

Crop insurance subsidy? Ridiculous

To the editor,In Alan Guebert's (Dec. 19) column, "Insuring elephants," he presents some pretty incredible facts including 21 percent of taxpayer's subsidies of federal crop insurance is in administrative costs, and 26 operations received a million dollars each in tax money.His conclusion, ...

Just say, ‘no’ to pipeline

To the editor:Opposition has been mounting against the pipeline across Iowa that will carry fracked oil southeast to Illinois and then to the Gulf Coast.Most of the opposition has focused on concerns of disrupting fertile farmland operations, and the potential for spills that would contaminate ...

GEUST COLUMN

Iowans might ask the question, how will they lose if the Rock Island Clean Lines project gets approved by the Iowa Utilities Board?Well, here are a few things that will affect the landowner and others bordering the project. If eminent domain is granted to a private company to take land for its ...

Wind energy cannot compete

To the editor,The Sept. 26 letter by former Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Lang launches into a harangue about the positive impact of wind turbines and transmission lines such as Rock Island Clean Lines on the environment. However, there are some indisputable facts he overlooks.1.Wind cannot ...