Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register

Donnelle Eller

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Donnelle:

Iowa manufacturing gets some good news — but trade, international concerns temper optimism

Deere says it's seeing steadying in the ag sector, and trade deals are boosting farmers' optimism. But the farm implement dealer remains cautious. → Read More

Animal abuse claims against Iowa senator are 'unfounded,' say state, local investigators

The leader of the group behind the complaint admits breaking into the lawmaker's pig facility in January. → Read More

World Pork Expo will be held this year in Des Moines after disease worries led to 2019 cancellation

A national group will hold the World Pork Expo in Iowa after canceling it in 2019 over disease concerns. The group says biosecurity has been strengthened. → Read More

Company's request to sell 2 billion gallons of Iowa water to drought-stricken West rejected

Opponents say parts of the Jordan aquifer are already under stress from state's growing demands. → Read More

Iowa Farm Bureau backs statewide regulations that guide wind, solar construction

Citing concern about loss of valuable farmland, Iowa Farm Bureau backs statewide regulations that guide wind, solar construction → Read More

Despite downturn, Iowa's farmland values climb 2.3%, given low interest rates and limited supply

Despite ag slump, Iowa's farmland values climb 2.3%, a survey shows, given low interest rates, limited supplies. Values are still 15% below a 2013 high. → Read More

Deere cuts 57 employees at its Davenport plant, projecting reduced construction activity next year

The announcement comes shortly after Deere said 113 employees would be cut in November. The company cites lower construction activity. → Read More

Reynolds requires all new state diesel vehicles to use fuel at least 20% biodiesel

The state uses 20% biodiesel in many diesel engines, including snow plows, but Gov. Kim Reynolds now requires all new diesel purchases to have that ability. → Read More

Judge issues order preventing enforcement of Iowa's new 'ag-gag' law

A judge issued an order preventing enforcement of Iowa's new ag-gag law, the second attempt at preventing undercover investigations at ag facilities. → Read More

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in two captive white-tail deer farms in southeast Iowa

Iowa officials confirm chronic wasting disease on two southeast Iowa farms with captive white tail deer; herds will be destroyed, operations quarantined. → Read More

Sukup Manufacturing announces leadership change at family-owned grain bin, dryer company

After 25 years, Charles Sukup steps down as CEO of Sukup Manufacturing. His brother, Steve Sukup, takes over leadership of the family-owned business. → Read More

Mike Pence backs release of transcripts of his calls with Ukraine

Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that he has no objection to the White House releasing transcripts of his conversations with the Ukrainian president. → Read More

Madison County OKs state's first moratorium on wind, solar development

The Madison County Board of Supervisors has placed a moratorium on development on new wind, solar development. → Read More

Utility would drop how much money it wants from Iowa customers by 40% under proposed settlement

Alliant would drop a revenue request by 40% under a settlement request, but it's not clear how much that would affect rates. → Read More

A Michigan man was infected with tuberculosis while hunting deer. Should Iowa hunters worry?

"Bovine tuberculosis has not been detected in Iowa" deer herds, said Iowa DNR's wildlife veterinarian. "This is a wildlife health issue specific to Michigan." → Read More

Worst-case scenario: Iowa's $8 billion pork industry tests its readiness for African swine fever outbreak

Iowa would react quickly to an African swine fever outbreak, quarantining farms, then destroying pig herds within 24 hours of positive tests. → Read More

MidAmerican: Proposed Madison County setback for turbines would 'completely wipe out' wind development

Madison County's Board of Health concluded current setbacks for wind turbines are "inadequate to protect public health." MidAmerican Energy disagrees. → Read More

'A slap in the face': Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country

“If people connected to agriculture decide to vote for the president, they're just voting to cut off their own economic prosperity." → Read More

'A slap in the face': Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country

"Seventy percent of U.S. plants are burning cash. … And you can only burn through cash for so long,” an Iowa renewable fuels executive says. → Read More

Chuck Grassley won't recommend the president roll back tariffs on China

With trade war possibly extending past 2020 election, Grassley says he won't recommend Trump roll back tariffs. "I haven't talked or run into any farmers who have suggested that either." → Read More