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Veteran Fights to Farm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Radding   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:01

Matt spent his youth on a horse farm and joined the National Guard in college. After graduation, he was posted to Iraq and served as a Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader. Upon returning from military service, Matt went to work for a construction company in South Carolina. He works hard to pay the bills and help care for his wife Kimberly and their two sons. But Matt dreams of owning and operating an environmentally sustainable livestock operation producing pasture-raised meats.

Matt - a driven, self-reliant veteran coping with the upheaval of returning from combat to civilian life - wants to work for himself, create something valuable and independent, and build a solid future for his young family.

But getting started in farming isn’t easy. Neither land nor financing is readily available, and gaining experience is also a challenge. Matt and Kimberly’s search for programs that could help them get started came up empty, until recently.

With our partners we formed the Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Project so veterans like Matt can receive personalized professional consultations on farm production, business and finance as well as attend workshops and farm tours to access guidance from a variety of experts.

This project, alongside the Center for Rural Affairs’ Land Link program, Farm Bill Helpline (402.687.2100 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and the Farmer-Veteran Coalition’s Helpline (530.756.1395 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) can and will help veterans like Matt realize their dreams of farming or ranching while creating a better future for both their families and for America’s rural communities.

For more information: www.cfra.org/veteran_farmers_project. For a picture of Matt, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfra/6871657661/in/photostream

 
Animal Advocates Lobby Iowa Lawmakers for Humane Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Crump   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:47

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 13, 2012) – Citizens from across Iowa participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012 met with lawmakers today at the Capitol to urge them to support legislation to strengthen the standards for large-scale commercial dog breeding operations and oppose a resolution to overturn a science-based Natural Resources Commission rule banning the use of toxic lead shot during the state’s new mourning dove hunting season. The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and The Iowa Federation of Humane Societies are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

“Animal advocates attending the 2012 Humane Lobby Day will remind state lawmakers that Iowans want to protect dogs from puppy mill cruelty and protect wildlife from toxic lead poisoning,” said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director. “The Natural Resources Commission made a science-based decision not to allow toxic lead shot to poison our land and wildlife, and the legislature should not trump science with politics.”

Attendees will urge their representatives to support S.F. 2073, which is sponsored by Senator Matt McCoy (D- Polk County). This legislation would require commercial dog breeding facilities whose license has expired, been revoked, or relinquished to either sterilize or find new homes for all but three of their dogs within 45 days. This measure would fix a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed (but formerly licensed) commercial breeders to keep their dogs even after their license has been suspended.  Members of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals were also on hand to support this legislation.

“The ASPCA has seen first-hand the unspeakable cruelty and horrific conditions of puppy mills,” said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. “We’re thrilled with the number of supporters attending Humane Lobby Day and championing to enact stronger laws to regulate commercial breeders. It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents and today’s event is a unique opportunity for animal advocates from across Iowa to meet with their legislators and be the voice for animals.”

These Iowan animal advocates also oppose Senate Joint Resolution 2001, which would overturn the recent Natural Resources Commission decision to prohibit the use of toxic lead shot for the newly-approved dove hunting season. Senate Joint Resolution 2001 was recently approved in the House and will soon be debated in the Senate. The HSUS and the ASPCA® oppose SJR 2001 because animals suffer and sometimes die from lead poisoning through inadvertently consuming the spent lead ammunition. Hunters have non-lead ammunition alternatives that are equally accurate and inexpensive, and have been required by law for waterfowl hunting for two decades.

Iowa ranks 21stin The HSUS’ 2011 state animal protection rankings, which grades each state  based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. The state gained points for its strong animal fighting laws, but ranks near the middle of the pack because of relatively weak animal cruelty laws.

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Animal Advocates Lobby Iowa Lawmakers for Humane Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Crump   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:47

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 13, 2012) – Citizens from across Iowa participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012 met with lawmakers today at the Capitol to urge them to support legislation to strengthen the standards for large-scale commercial dog breeding operations and oppose a resolution to overturn a science-based Natural Resources Commission rule banning the use of toxic lead shot during the state’s new mourning dove hunting season. The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and The Iowa Federation of Humane Societies are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

“Animal advocates attending the 2012 Humane Lobby Day will remind state lawmakers that Iowans want to protect dogs from puppy mill cruelty and protect wildlife from toxic lead poisoning,” said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director. “The Natural Resources Commission made a science-based decision not to allow toxic lead shot to poison our land and wildlife, and the legislature should not trump science with politics.”

Attendees will urge their representatives to support S.F. 2073, which is sponsored by Senator Matt McCoy (D- Polk County). This legislation would require commercial dog breeding facilities whose license has expired, been revoked, or relinquished to either sterilize or find new homes for all but three of their dogs within 45 days. This measure would fix a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed (but formerly licensed) commercial breeders to keep their dogs even after their license has been suspended.  Members of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals were also on hand to support this legislation.

“The ASPCA has seen first-hand the unspeakable cruelty and horrific conditions of puppy mills,” said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. “We’re thrilled with the number of supporters attending Humane Lobby Day and championing to enact stronger laws to regulate commercial breeders. It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents and today’s event is a unique opportunity for animal advocates from across Iowa to meet with their legislators and be the voice for animals.”

These Iowan animal advocates also oppose Senate Joint Resolution 2001, which would overturn the recent Natural Resources Commission decision to prohibit the use of toxic lead shot for the newly-approved dove hunting season. Senate Joint Resolution 2001 was recently approved in the House and will soon be debated in the Senate. The HSUS and the ASPCA® oppose SJR 2001 because animals suffer and sometimes die from lead poisoning through inadvertently consuming the spent lead ammunition. Hunters have non-lead ammunition alternatives that are equally accurate and inexpensive, and have been required by law for waterfowl hunting for two decades.

Iowa ranks 21stin The HSUS’ 2011 state animal protection rankings, which grades each state  based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. The state gained points for its strong animal fighting laws, but ranks near the middle of the pack because of relatively weak animal cruelty laws.

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Grassley schedule this week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:45
Monday, February 13, 2012

 

Here is information about Senator Grassley’s schedule this week in Washington.  The Senate is in session.

 

·         Senator Grassley will meet during the week with Iowans from Iowa Valley Community College, the Association of Maternal and Child Health, the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa Association of Community Colleges, AFGE Local 2119 of the Rock Island Arsenal, Western Iowa Tech Community College, the Association of Iowa Workforce Partners, Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Central Community College, the Catholic Bishops of Iowa, Ducks Unlimited, Southeastern Iowa Community College, Indian Hills Community College, the Iowa Taxpayer Advocate Office, and the Iowa Chiropractic Society.

·         Senator Grassley will be a guest on public affairs programs hosted by Trent Rice of KASI Radio in Ames, Dan Kennedy on WOC Radio in Davenport, and Fred Hoffman of KCPS Radio in Burlington.

·         On Monday, February 13, at 3 p.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will answer questions by video teleconference from students in the Iowa Politics class of UNI Professor Christopher Larimer.

·         On Tuesday, February 14, at 10 a.m. (ET), a Finance Committee hearing is scheduled to hear testimony from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner regarding the President’s 2013 budget proposal.

·         On Tuesday, February 14, at 10 a.m. (ET), a Budget Committee hearing is scheduled to hear testimony from the Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding the President’s 2013 budget proposal.

·         On Tuesday, February 14, and Wednesday, February 15, Senator Grassley will meet with community leaders and city officials traveling to Washington with both the Quad Cities and the Mason City/Clear Lake Chambers of Commerce to discuss economic development initiatives and other public policy matters.

·         On Wednesday, February 15, at 9:30 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a hearing and business meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee regarding “Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America.”

·         On Wednesday, February 15, at 10 a.m. (ET), a Budget Committee hearing is scheduled regarding the President’s 2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

·         On Wednesday, February 15, at 10 a.m. (ET), a Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled regarding “Protecting Those Who Protect Us:  The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.”

·         On Wednesday, February 15, at 10 a.m. (ET), a Finance Committee hearing is scheduled to hear testimony from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the President’s 2013 budget proposal.

·         On Wednesday, February 15, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), a nominations hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected.

·         On Thursday, February 16, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in the weekly business meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The committee may consider the nominations of John Z. Lee to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, John J. Tharp Jr. to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, George Levi Russell III to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, Andrew David Hurwitz to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, and Kristine Gerhard Baker to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  Last week, members of the Judiciary Committee passed Senator Grassley’s legislation to permit the broadcast and televising of Supreme Court proceedings.

 
ACLU Meeting To Form Quad City Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Art Heyderman   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:38

A new chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be forming in the Quad Cities to address issues of importance to America.  The Quad Cities Chapter of ACLU organizational meeting will be 7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at St Ambrose University in the Ambrose Room at Rogalski Center.

The meeting purpose is to organize and form a new Quad Cities Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and elect an interim board of directors.  Members of the ACLU and those interested in joining are invited to take part in a milestone event in support of Civil Liberties in the Quad Cities area.

Membership information and a limited number of the newly released “Students’ Rights Handbook” will be available at the meeting.

For More Information contact Tom Benge, 563-332-5758, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Art Heyderman, 563-505-4322, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Civil Liberties in America.  With over 700,000 members nationwide in all 50 states ACLU is the largest, most widely known and most highly respected Civil Liberties organization in the nation.  No other private organization appears before the Supreme Court more than the ACLU.  The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

These rights include:

  • Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination.
  • Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.  If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.

To learn more about the ACLU and the local chapter visit their website at http://acluqc.org/.  To join ACLU visit http://www.aclu.org/ .

 
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