farm bill

Senators Talk EPA, Wind Energy, Farm Bill
9:55 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Harkin/Grassley Visit Lee County

Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Wally Winkler (standing right) addresses Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (standing left) during the U.S. Senator's recent town hall meeting.

Two of Iowa’s political heavyweights spent some time in Lee County this week.  They used separate events to tout one of the state’s growing industries.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visits Lee County at least once a year as part of his annual 99-county tour of the state.

His counterpart, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, visits are much more sporadic, which made their visits occurring at the same time rather unique.

SENATOR HARKIN VISITS FARM

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Rep. Loebsack Address Both Topics
9:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Farmers Face Drought, Regulations

Steve Newberry's farm in rural Lee County.
  • Interview w/ Rep. Loebsack
  • Interview with Steve Newberry
  • On-Air version

Steve Newberry of rural Argyle has been farming all of his life.  His farm is located down a winding, gravel road just a couple miles west of the Avenue of the Saints in Lee County.

Newberry says his farm has a little bit of everything, including about 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans, 150 head of cattle, and about 7,000 hogs split between two buildings.

He says his passion for farming starts with his love of cattle, likening it to someone who loves to go fishing.

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New bills
12:45 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Durbin Says New Bills Reflect Budget Realities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said a new farm bill will have to cost less and return to its primary goal of helping farmers during tough times.
 
He calls the current payment system ”lopsided.”
 
Durbin said, “The direct payment system is paying many farmers a lot of federal money at a time when prices were very, very high. We're going to have to change that and farmers know it.”

He is confident the new bill will save money and still protect farmers.

The current farm bill expires at the end of this year.

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