Johnson County,

Local Solar Purchase Program Meets a Savings Milestone

More households in Johnson and Linn counties are on their way to getting clean solar energy for their homes. With these nine “sunny day” investments, Grow Solar Linn + Johnson Counties has met its first goal of 50 collective kilowatts, bringing a discount to every program participant. North Liberty will host a Solar Power Hour on July 8 from 3 to 4 p.m., one of seven such events where interested residents of these counties can learn more about the program.
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Grandview, IAKWQC

Farm Life Festival in Grandview

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Tenniel Register of R7 Reclaimed in Grandview joined QCL over Zoom to talk about Saturday, June 19th’s Farm Life Festival event going on at her farm/business. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in greenery, take photos in the rustic setting, and enjoy shopping and nostalgia. The...
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Iowa StateQuad-Cities Times

Corn in several areas of Iowa showing signs of lack of moisture

MUSCATINE — While the summer sun beating down on Iowa’s corn crops has taken a toll in several areas, University of Iowa Extension Field Agronomist Virgil Schmitt said Muscatine County has so far been spared the worst of it. The latest Crop Progress and Condition Report from the United States...
Iowa City, IADes Moines Business Record

A Closer Look: Joe Riley

Joe Riley joined Rantizo early this year as chief operations officer, bringing a wealth of experience in the energy and agricultural implements sector to the Iowa City startup. Drone services provided by Rantizo are the natural next evolution for the precision agriculture industry, Riley said. Even before he joined Rantizo,...
Donahue, IAWQAD

Drought conditions inching closer to the Quad Cities

DONAHUE, Iowa — Cracked soil and stressed crops. That's what fifth-generation farmer John Maxwell has on his mind right now as he tours his Donahue, Iowa fields located on his farm, Cinnamon Ridge Farms. "The next two or three weeks are a big deal", says Maxwell. That's because corn will begin the pollination stage, a stage where moisture becomes critical. "In the corn over here we've got pollination going on and during pollination that is where we need some rain", says Maxwell.
Union County, IACreston News Advertiser

Louisa supervisors shed light on solar power

For Union County to add to their research and needs if to allow solar power generation, they can look at the other side of Iowa for an example. Three months ago, Clenera energy company turned on its solar-power generator near Wapello that converts the sun’s rays into 127.5 megawatts of power. Located in Louisa County, the project was about two years in the making. Clēnera acquires, develops, builds and manages commercial-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities in the United States.

Man dies after getting stuck in manure tank on cattle farm

A man died after he got stuck in a manure tank on a cattle farm in Stockton, Iowa on Tuesday morning. Firefighters responding to Sievers Family Farm just before 10 a.m. learned that the man became stuck while doing work in the tank, the New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department told the Quad-City Times.

Worker dies after getting stuck inside manure tank on a farm in Stockton

A worker at a cattle farm in Stockton died after getting stuck inside a manure tank on Tuesday. According to multiple media outlets, the incident happened at Sievers Family Farm around 10 a.m. The farm is also home to AgriReNew, a company that uses manure as a renewable energy source to produce electricity.

Man dies in manure tank accident on Eastern Iowa cattle farm

A man died Tuesday after getting stuck in a manure tank on Sievers Family Farm in Stockton in Eastern Iowa. New Liberty Fire Chief Chad Petersen confirmed Wednesday the fire department responded to the call a little before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Petersen said the man was doing some work in...

Rep. Miller-Meeks Tours Solar Farms Near Kalona Monday

U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District Mariannette Miller-Meeks visited several solar farms just north of Washington County Monday morning. The congresswoman was given a tour by several executives of Farmers Electric Cooperative based in Frytown northwest of Kalona which included their solar garden which began in 2011 and is owned by 136 individuals or groups. The tour then went to the array the cooperative built with Simpleray, formerly known as Iowa Wind and Solar, which was previously considered to be the largest solar farm in Iowa in 2016. Miller-Meeks was asked during her tour what her priorities are for clean energy, “When it comes to agriculture, that is agriculture directed rather than a central approach from Washington D.C., because people in Washington, D.C., they’re not here. They don’t know what goes on here. When I say that 40% of our electricity in Iowa comes from renewables that shocks people. They’re not aware that we have that much renewable energy in Iowa.”