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Rural students could ride buses over 2.5 hours daily under bill passed by Iowa Senate


Senate File 2137 would allow a school board to extend the one-way riding time for an elementary student from 60 minutes currently to up to 75 minutes. However, individual school boards could extend the one-way time aboard a bus for an elementary or high school student beyond 75 minutes if the board holds two public hearings and notifies everyone involved.

Iowa House OKs plan to buy down school transportation costs


Bipartisan approval Monday by the Iowa House of a plan to buy down transportation costs in those districts that spend the most on busing sets up a showdown with the Senate.

Iowa Ag Literacy challenge grants


County Farm Bureaus and others can apply for funding for agricultural awareness programs.

Iowa House plan would pay $11 million toward school busing costs


More than 40 percent of Iowa’s school districts would be in line for a one-time cash infusion to help cover their high costs of busing students under a measure advanced Wednesday in the House.

Proposal would allow pickups as school buses in Iowa


The impetus of the legislation, said Sen. Waylon Brown, R-St. Ansgar, was a situation where Sheldon school officials ran afoul of a 2006 state administrative rule that barred them from allowing students to use a pickup truck the school had acquired for members of its Future Farmers of America chapter to use the vehicle to transport their produce and products to points of sale or distribution.

Iowa Dept. of Ag receives $100,000 grant to support Local Food Day Celebration in Iowa schools


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced today it has received a $100,000 Farm to School Support Services Grant from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to host an Iowa Local Food Day on October 11, 2018, as part of National Farm to School month.

Republican legislators may send more bus money to schools


Upmeyer and other Republican lawmakers are offering to supplement some school transportation budgets, but in varying degrees. Republicans in the House are suggesting a $10 million boost for the coming year.

The promise of gene editing


New research tools helping researchers develop improved crops and animals.

U.S. Soybean Exports Lag Behind Last Marketing Year


U.S. soybean exports are lagging behind last marketing year. Brazil competition stronger .

Bill would allow school bus rides longer than 75 minutes


Legislators are considering a proposal that would give Iowa schools authority to extend the riding time on bus routes.