Pat Blank en Fresh Yogurt, Really Fresh <p><a href="">;&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:29:33 +0000 Pat Blank 44059 at Fresh Yogurt, Really Fresh Got Goats? <p>A herd of goats are the newest employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;64 of them will be eating their way through a 7 acre patch in &nbsp;Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa's Clayton County. &nbsp;There's dense vegetation there that's preventing hikers, bird watchers and anglers from using the area as much as they could. &nbsp;That dense vegetation is also a challenge for traditional heavy mowing equipment because of the steep terrain. The goats have with them a pair of chocolate colored miniature donkeys who will run off any would be predators. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Pat Blank 43556 at Got Goats? FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Students at Crestwood High School FFA are making a 20 thousand dollar investment in a soon to be opened beef processing facility near Lime Springs in North Iowa. They're using some of the 90 thousand dollars they had in the bank after selling some land a few years ago. Initially the FFA chapter was unable to take advantage of the opportunity because state law did not allow investment of taxpayer money in a private enterprise. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:54:08 +0000 Pat Blank 43091 at FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments A New Way To Raise Beef ? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:57:15 +0000 Pat Blank 42207 at A New Way To Raise Beef ? Cowboy Church <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A musical group from Northeast Iowa has found a way to combine their love of the Old West with their faith and they’re sharing it with others. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:39:15 +0000 Pat Blank 41556 at Cowboy Church Candidate Profile: Matt Whitaker <p>Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:54:00 +0000 Pat Blank & Katherine Perkins 41548 at Candidate Profile: Matt Whitaker Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Monica Vernon. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:16:49 +0000 Pat Blank & Katherine Perkins 41384 at Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon Planting with the *Clouds* <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week's crop report from the USDA shows &nbsp;Iowa&nbsp;farmers spent very little time in the&nbsp;field planting corn last week. Only 23 percent of the expected corn acreage is in the ground. That's nine days ahead of last year but 10 days later than the five year average. The cool wet spring is improving soil moisture reserves with only two percent of the state's topsoil now considered short of moisture.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:03:15 +0000 Pat Blank 40194 at Planting with the *Clouds* From Russia with Love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group of ten Russian journalism students visited the Iowa Public Radio studios in Cedar Falls Tuesday. They are part of an exchange program with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. The project is known as Challenge Our Bias, Midwest-Russian Alliance on Dialogue&nbsp;and Education or COMRADE. The Russian &nbsp;students are on a whirlwind tour of Iowa with stops at media outlets in Waterloo, Iowa City and Des Moines.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:39:44 +0000 Pat Blank 39541 at From Russia with Love Fish Farm <p>One of Iowa's only Aquaponics facilities is marketing locally grown, chemical free vegetables and fish raised in a sustainable manner and available year round. All Seasons Harvest is located just north of Cedar Falls and grows lettuce, kale, herbs and Tilapia&nbsp;fish in a six thousand square foot greenhouse.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:56:57 +0000 Pat Blank 39304 at Fish Farm The Eagle has Landed (hatched) <p>Something happened Wednesday morning that many people thought would not. One of three eggs in an eagle's nest near the Decorah&nbsp;Fish Hatchery is no longer an egg, but an eaglet. The egg hatched in spite of brutal weather conditions including ten inches of snow and 20 degree below zero temperatures. No one is happier about the day's events than Bob Anderson who installed a web cam in the nest 6 years ago as part of the Raptor Resource Project. He talks with Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank. &nbsp;See the nest at&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:42:58 +0000 Pat Blank 38528 at The Eagle has Landed (hatched) A Taste of Iowa Summer <p>A first of its kind facility&nbsp;in Marshalltown&nbsp;is bringing a taste of Iowa summer to dinner tables. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Choice&nbsp;Harvest frozen sweet corn and apples have been available in a few grocery stores in the central part of the state, but in April, all 107 Fareway stores will feature the products. &nbsp;Iowa Choice Harvest is a group of 30 farmers who have invested in the company to have Iowa grown fruits and vegetables available year round. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:48:08 +0000 Pat Blank 37878 at A Taste of Iowa Summer Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees <p>Honeybees may be among the many victims of this winter's extended stretches of extreme cold. The State Department of Agriculture's Apiarist, Andrew Joseph says annual winter losses among U.S. beekeepers run about 30 percent. Iowa's losses are likely to be 60 to 65 percent. He says bees that are in good shape can survive a very harsh winter, but those that have been weakened by pesticides or parasites&nbsp;are not likely to survive until spring. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:38:10 +0000 Pat Blank 37578 at Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees New Neighbors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1990, Waterloo has been a draw for refugees looking for a new start. &nbsp;Five thousand Bosnians relocated there and over the years have had a significant positive impact on the business community and school system. Since 2010, an influx of nearly 12&nbsp;hundred Burmese have made their way to Northeast Iowa. An initial federal grant has expired and now the search is on for sponsoring agencies to help foot the bills.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:18:16 +0000 Pat Blank 37196 at New Neighbors Valentine S.H.O.P. <p></p><p></p><p>S.H.O.P. (the Super Hardcore Overtone Project) is a barbershop quartet on the University of Northern Iowa campus&nbsp;established in the fall of 2011. Members include Colby Campbell, Ben Owen, Brandon Schneider, and Austin Nolan. All four are music majors at UNI, though&nbsp;the quartet is entirely extracurricular and self-standing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:33:26 +0000 Pat Blank 36078 at Valentine S.H.O.P. Iowa made bins provide homes around the globe <p>Formed in 2010 to provide disaster relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, Iowa based Global Compassion Network is expanding its reach. Later this month, ten Safe T Homes built by Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield will be used as housing for missionaries in Kenya. GCN Development Coordinator, Mary Graham says another project is under construction in Peru. She says, "it'll be a multi-purpose center and a Bible camp. We're really excited to bring the Safe T Homes around the world."&nbsp; Graham says Global Compassion Network also responds to disasters in the U.S. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:39:29 +0000 Pat Blank 34349 at Iowa made bins provide homes around the globe Shrimp Harvest in Iowa <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A Cedar Falls man, his wife and brother have launched the state's second shrimp farm. Matt Weichers, his wife Jen and brother John Gielau are raising thousands of Pacific white shrimp in a warehouse near UNI. The building once housed the university's white rat lab used for behavioral research. Now it's filled with 30 blue "hot tubs" and thousands of the critters ready for sale this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:50:17 +0000 Pat Blank 33791 at Shrimp Harvest in Iowa Classroom Creatures <p></p><p></p><p>A Wartburg College professor hopes to bring&nbsp;biology classrooms back to life. Michael Bechtel says students should be studying living creatures not ones that are dead and floating in formaldehyde. He's been growing a collection of snakes, frogs, tortoises and others for about 19 years. He's sharing them in his college classroom and beyond.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:16:36 +0000 Pat Blank 32493 at Classroom Creatures Bringing in the Harvest <p>Pam Johnson has just wrapped up a term as president of the National Corn Growers Association. She and her husband and two sons farm in Floyd County in North Iowa. Johnson testified in July before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy about the need to continue the Renewable Fuels Standard for ethanol.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:05:58 +0000 Pat Blank 31246 at Bringing in the Harvest Ruud installed as UNI's tenth president <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>William N. Ruud has been officially installed as the University of Northern Iowa&#39;s&nbsp;tenth president. He replaces Ben Allen who retired earlier this&nbsp;year.&nbsp;Ruud is in the process of winning over a campus community facing declining enrollment, cuts to academic programs and the closure of a laboratory school.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:49:57 +0000 Pat Blank 30111 at Ruud installed as UNI's tenth president Rescue Ready <p>A study by Purdue University shows the overall death rate from accidents on American farms is declining, but the number of fatalities from grain bin entrapments has been stubbornly steady. The peak was 2010 in which 51 people, mostly teenagers died. Iowa&#39;s volunteer firefighters are getting updated&nbsp;training and new&nbsp;equipment in case a rescue is needed.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:55:57 +0000 Pat Blank 30016 at Rescue Ready Monster Machinery <p>The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting 79 crashes and 5 fatalities involving farm equipment in 2013. Safety officials say drivers need to be alert especially at dusk and dawn when these huge machines tend to be more numerous. They also say farmers need to share responsibility by making sure motorists know when they&#39;re about to turn or make a sudden stop. Farmers are asked not to wave motorists by them, but instead pull off to the side of the road if possible.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:48:47 +0000 Pat Blank 29724 at Monster Machinery Run Hide Fight <p>Nearly 400 teachers in the Cedar Falls School District spent today learning&nbsp;some new&nbsp;options&nbsp;should they&nbsp;ever have to deal with&nbsp;someone with a gun in their classroom.&nbsp; The training was provided by the Cedar Falls&nbsp;Police Department and focused on updated protocols from the Department of Homeland Security. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:33:19 +0000 Pat Blank 29062 at Run Hide Fight Putting the I in Iowa <p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:30:22 +0000 Pat Blank 28449 at Putting the I in Iowa Roadside Ride-Along, Countin' Critters <p></p><p>Iowa's 15- day annual roadside survey is underway at 208 locations around the state. The 30 mile routes are driven at sunrise by Department of Natural Resources staff members along gravel roads. The surveyors watch for pheasants, cottontail and jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge. The count helps gauge the well being of those species, with a focus on the pheasant population. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tagged&nbsp;along on a&nbsp;survey in Story County.</p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:56:30 +0000 Pat Blank 26871 at Roadside Ride-Along, Countin' Critters Going Going Gone <p>A new report out Tuesday shows millions of wetland acres&nbsp;and highly erodible grassland and prairie are being plowed under and planted into row crops. This in turn causes intense soil erosion especially in a wet spring like this year. The four year, multi state study was conducted by Environmental Working Group. <a href=""></a>. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Pat Blank 26645 at Going Going Gone Corn Crew <p>A Midwest summertime tradition is in full swing: corn detasseling.&nbsp; Every summer, seed corn companies hire thousands of seasonal workers to remove the top of the corn plant to produce hybrid varieties.&nbsp; The minimum age in Iowa to do the work is 14. Those as young as 12 can detassel in Illinois and Nebraska.&nbsp; Many crew leaders who started in their teens are now in their 50s and 60s.&nbsp; Workers say even though&nbsp;it's often hot in the cornfield and the work is tedious,&nbsp;they return year after year because they are paid good money by the companies.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:03:37 +0000 Pat Blank 24436 at Corn Crew Veterinary Camp <p>There are numerous opportunities this summer for young people to attend day camps, anything from sports to how to be Annie in a Broadway show. The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association offers hands-on opportunities for teens to see what it takes to be a vet. IPR's Pat Blank has the story from the Dallas County Fair in Adel.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:35:12 +0000 Pat Blank 24181 at Veterinary Camp PAGBRAI <p>PAGBRAI, the Paddlers Annual Great Boat Rides Across Iowa makes its maiden voyage Friday. The inaugural float will shove off for three days of Winnebago River traveling&nbsp;in North Central Iowa. It will&nbsp;run from Leland to Mason City. This is part of a documentary movie production, entitled&nbsp;"River Riders&nbsp;", which will premiere at the Iowa Independent Film Festival in October. PAGBRAI organizer Gregory Schmidt talks with Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:36:31 +0000 Pat Blank 24162 at PAGBRAI Detasseling Delay <p>The wet spring has delayed the growth of corn used for seed by Iowa companies including the largest, DuPont Pioneer. That, in turn, has pushed back the schedule of hundreds of part time workers who make money in the fields by removing the top of the plant known as the tassel.&nbsp; Production manager for the Reinbeck facility, Colby Entriken says ,"we're hoping to start pulling tassels next week which is about a week behind schedule. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:51:53 +0000 Pat Blank 23770 at Detasseling Delay