Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY

Donnelle Eller


Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Donnelle:

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

MidAmerican says a new network of 15 fast-charging stations could jump-start Iowa electric car sales

Despite current cost, range concerns, electric vehicles are expected to be 60% of all new car sales by 2050. → Read More

Trump's trade war: Iowa farm bailout payments will range between $40 and $79 per acre

Growers could begin receiving payments by mid- to late August. → Read More

Dangerous heat in Iowa — over 90 degrees — will nearly triple to 64 days annually, report says

The number of days Iowa's heat index is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit is expected to nearly triple, climbing from 22 days each year on average to 64 by mid-century. → Read More

Fairfield's transcendental meditators lead opposition to Alliant Energy's smart meters

Maharishi adherents say the meters pose unknown health risks and are in contrast to Vastu concepts. Alliant says the meters meet federal regulations. → Read More

Nitrates in Iowa drinking water: What does it mean for you?

New research shows nitrate pollution in Iowa's drinking water may be responsible for up to 300 cases of cancer annually. → Read More

Kemin Industries, a large Des Moines employer, sets goals for next 2 decades

"From sunrise to sunset, a person may have eggs for breakfast, feed their pet, wear jeans, take a supplement and purchase bakery items or meat at the market — all opportunities that include Kemin ingredients." → Read More

50 Shades of Brown: Iowa ranks No. 1 in No. 2, UI researcher calculates

Iowa's population is the equivalent of 168 million people, based on the amount of manure it produces. → Read More

Grassley: USDA should limit farm bill payments to growers with 'dirt under their fingernails'

"I farm 50-50 with my son, so I have had the necessary risk and necessary participation to qualify," says Sen. Chuck Grassley, who would limit payments to "actively engaged" farmers. → Read More

President Donald Trump's Iowa visit will include Council Bluffs stop to tout E15

Trump will tour Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy on June 11 and give remarks on the year-round E15 announcement and his administration's farm policies. → Read More

Trump administration gives final approval for year-round E15 use

“This is positive news for rural Iowa at a time when we can really use it," says an ethanol advocate. "E15 will provide an immediate boost for ethanol demand." → Read More

Trump trade bailout complicates tough decisions for farmers facing water-logged fields

"It really throws a monkey wrench in what a farmer should do," an ISU economist says. "It adds to the financial stress that farmers are feeling." → Read More