Iowa’s Topsoil In Sloped Areas Eroding Far Faster Than Desired

Growing up, Ann Wolf didn’t frequent her grandfather’s eastern Iowa farm. In reality, nobody in her family ever lived on the 296 acres. But over the past 17 years, Wolf’s relationship with the land has changed. No longer is the Miles, Iowa, farm simply a land investment. Read the story on IowaWatch.org
Now, she sees the land as a part of nature, and makes decisions about her farm accordingly.

Iowa counties stick to home to win fights over frac sand mining

A group of northeast Iowans effectively has kept large frac sand mine companies from mining silica-rich sand in their county by building a consortium that set aside politics and focused on dealing with the matter locally, instead of with state intervention.