Tom Vilsack

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Former governor Tom Vilsack is touring Iowa this weekend, hoping to support fellow democrats on Tuesday's ballot. Friday afternoon, he and his wife Christie stopped at Scott County Democratic headquarters in Davenport to give a pep talk to the many young volunteers working hard during the final weekend before the election.

John Norris

The latest democratic candidate for governor officially entered the race over the weekend. In his hometown of Red Oak, in southwest Iowa, John Norris launched his campaign, emphasizing his "Iowa values" against those of the Branstad and Reynolds administrations.

map of iowa with Des Moines & Raccoon rivers highlighted
Bill Stowe / Des Moines Water Works

"Doing nothing is just simply not acceptable." That's what US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says about reducing water pollution in Iowa and helping farmers with nutrient management and soil conservation. A new initiative will provide $660 million over ten years for a coordinated, watershed-based strategy.

WVIK Staff

Continuing its emphasis on conservation, the US Department of Agriculture has awarded some new grants for Illinois, Iowa, and 29 other states. Today Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at a farm in Rock Island County.He says the 15.7 million dollars from the Conservation Innovation Grant program will help universities, non-profits, and other groups develop new conservation methods. 

Vilsack says one of the key challenges farmers are starting to face now is changing weather patterns.