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A bill to improve the nation’s waterways could help grain farmers in the Midwest compete in the global marketplace. The Waterways Resource Reform and Development Act, or WRRDA (pronounced ‘word-uh’), has been over a year in the making. It authorizes spending $12 billion for improvements such as deepening ports. Grain farmers hope it will ultimately allow for larger ships to carry corn, soybeans, and wheat to foreign markets. Corning, Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser is president of the American Soybean Association.
“The demand for soybeans, that protein and oil that we have from the soybeans, has just been growing so terrifically in the last 20 years and meeting that demand is important,” Gaesser say. Exports are an increasingly important part of grain marketing, but according to Gaesser, many locks and dams are 80 years old and new modern ships are too big for the depth of some ports.
“That infrastructure, that ability to effectively and efficiently move our products within the United States and throughout the world…it’s a big deal to agriculture,” Gaesser says. Congress passed WRRDA earlier this month, but President Obama has yet to sign it. Congress must still decide exactly how and whether to appropriate the funding.
Some Iowa cattle producers report they’re having trouble qualifying some of their acreages with the federal government’s livestock forage disaster program. Ed Greiman of Garner, president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, says the Farm Service Agency isn’t to blame, but the problem is with how the program is defined and who is eligible for assistance.
“I’ve certified all of my pasture acres as haying and grazing, which puts it in the category that does not qualify for the disaster program,” Greiman says. “It needs to be classified as grazing only. For instance, I’ve got sorghum that we were going to chop, we ended up grazing, that doesn’t qualify.” Greiman says he’s coordinating with Iowa U-S Senator Chuck Grassley, the head of the F-S-A and the U-S Ag Secretary to try and find the proper and most efficient solution to the difficulties.
Greiman says, “We’re working on, not only with Senator Grassley, but with Whitaker’s office and Vilsack, is can we maybe change those classifications because we ended up grazing them.” He says most Midwest producers hay and graze their acres, so it’s not one-size-fits-all that brings the best program benefits.
Here’s the Freese-Notis Weather Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says no serious injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday evening a couple of miles southwest of Stanton. Authorities say a 1998 Pontiac Sunbird driven by 22-year old Ashely Dumler, of rural Stanton, was traveling north on Q Avenue, a county gravel road, when the left front tire of the car blew out.
The vehicle went out of control and entered the east ditch, where it continued until hitting a fence owned by Kit Johnson, of rural Stanton. The accident happened at around 4:45-p.m. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,500. The fence sustained $500 damage.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel with the Stanton and Red Oak Fire and Rescue Departments.
Police in Red Oak report the arrest of two individuals Wednesday evening. Just before 9-p.m., 39-year old Dale Joseph Langenfeld, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Revoked. His bond was set at $1,000. And, at around 8:10-p.m., 26-year old Skyler Lee Baker was arrested on an active Montgomery County warrant for a Probation Violation. Baker was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.
The murder trial of a Council Bluffs man has been moved to late June. The Daily NonPareil report 36-year old James Cain Harris faces first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2003 stabbing of Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez. The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office told the paper Harris’ jury trial is set to begin on June 24th.The trial was originally slated to begin Wednesday morning.
Harris was arrested in March for his alleged role in the murder of Alvarez-Hernandez, who was killed after a fight on July 31st, 2003, outside a home in Council Bluffs. In 2003, witnesses reported a loud altercation taking place outside the residence and heard Alvarez-Hernandez call for help. Sgt. David Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department said the witnesses told police they saw several subjects near the victim who fled prior to police arriving. A then-unknown assailant had stabbed Alvarez-Hernandez to death.
Several pieces of evidence collected at the scene were used to create a DNA profile that belonged to an unknown male. The profile was compared to profiles in state databases but remained unidentified. The case was unsolved for more than 10-years despite an extensive investigation. In late September of 2013, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation notified the Council Bluffs Police Department that the previously unknown DNA profile had been positively identified as 47-year old Thomas J. Sanchez, of La Vista, Neb. Police reopened the case and followed up on new leads, with the work culminating in Sanchez’s arrest in January.
Sanchez is currently scheduled to go to trial on July 8th.
346 AM CDT THU MAY 29 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. EAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 80S.
SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.