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Letters to the Editor

Sounds simple, but darn good

To the editor,Alan Guebert's "Sure, that'll work" in the Jan. 29 issue of Farm News, re-enforced his reputation as merely another mouthpiece spouting the rhetoric of the Looney LeftWho are they? Quite simply those who believe, without exception, that government is the answer for everything ...

Capitalism equals no subsidies

To the editor,Every four years the Iowa voters get a first-hand look at all the candidates up close and personal because we are the first act of the primary/caucus season, and, every time, candidates must explain their positions on ethanol and other renewables.Unfortunately, the question should ...

About had it

To the editor,I've about had it reading any publication, including Farm News, with commentary by ISU Extension fools.Who the seeks the advice of any employee of ISU Extension for production agriculture?Answer: No one who make a living at it, for darned sure. Check the facts.Get you own ...

GUEST COLUMN

To the editor,The author of a Nov. 20 letter to the editor brought up concerns about losing soil organic matter in biomass harvesting for cellulosic ethanol.This is a topic that has been a top priority as POET-DSM developed its harvesting recommendations.Researchers with Iowa State University ...

What’s best for sows?

To the editor,David Kruse confronted pen gestation versus gestation crates in his Nov 20 article, "The expense of PC food."Kruse's friend, "John" argued more sows die and fewer pigs are produced with pen gestation when his integrated contractor demanded he not use gestation crates.We used pen ...

Thank you

To the editor,On Nov. 30, the Environmental Protection Agency finally announced the long-awaited Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014, 2015 and 2016. These numbers determine how many gallons of renewable fuel, like ethanol, will be blended into the fuel supply.I am pleased that these numbers ...

Guest column

By JOHN SCOTTPresident, FarmersCooperative Coand SUE TRONCHETTIChairwoman, West Central CooperativeMaking the decision to buy more ground is likely the most difficult cost-versus-benefit analysis a farmer undertakes.You have to consider many factors; what is the CSR and what practices will you ...

GUEST COLUMN

Iowans diligently working to improve nutrient management and water quality can gain valuable perspectives on the topic by assessing similar efforts in other states.The Iowa Soybean Association is providing a helping hand with its release of a comprehensive report titled, "Contrasting currents: ...

Guest column

People today are talking more about, and taking a greater interest in, how their food is produced. But they're also a bit confused about the role of antibiotics in meat production. As one of the more than 62,000 American pig farmers who raise the animals, I am concerned too, but for a different ...

Time for Grassley to step down?

To the editor,I hesitated about writing this column criticizing the "icon of Iowa politics," because he has been a hero to conservative Republicans like myself.But I cannot let his puff article on cellulosic ethanol pass. The damages to our soil and environment by using corn stover for ethanol ...