Grant Gerlock

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Schools across the country offer teachers more money to staff their classrooms

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Iowa's largest school district is offering a big incentive to address teacher shortages. Experienced teachers who put off retirement for one more year can make an extra $50,000 or more.


Transgender girls and women now barred from female sports in Iowa

Thursday, March 03, 2022

The ban takes effect immediately. The ban applies to K-12 schools and community colleges as well as colleges and universities that are part of the NCAA or NAIA.


More than 10,000 factory workers for farm equipment maker John Deere are on strike

Friday, October 15, 2021

More than 10,000 workers for John Deere, one of the nation's largest makers of farm and construction equipment, are on strike as the the company is seeing record profits, and U.S. unions flex power.


Just 62% Of Iowa Adults Are Vaccinated, But That's Not Stopping The State Fair

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A summer classic, cancelled due to the pandemic last year is back as the delta variant takes hold. The Iowa State Fair boasts crowds topping 100,000 people but just 62% of Iowa adults are vaccinated.


Midwest Businesses Say They Need Immigrants To Help Rebuild A Shrinking Labor Force

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

President Trump's says the country is "full," but Midwest employers disagree and say they need many more immigrants to fill empty jobs. In Iowa, businesses are looking for immigrants.


If The U.S. And China Don't Reach A Trade Deal, Consumers Will Soon Feel The Impact

Saturday, February 16, 2019

So far, the U.S. trade war with China hasn't affected consumers much. But without a deal soon, tariffs on thousands of products will more than double.


Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

While much of the farm bill draft mirrors current law, there is a major change coming for farmers: Industrial hemp will be legalized. Forestry and food stamps became sticking points.


Costco Builds Nebraska Supply Chain For Its $5 Rotisserie Chickens

Monday, October 22, 2018

Costco is building a facility in Nebraska to process chickens from hundreds of nearby farms for sale as rotisserie chickens. The warehouse retailer sells 60 million rotisserie chickens each year.


Nebraska Carries Out First Execution In More Than 20 Years

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For the first time in more than 20 the state of Nebraska, executed an inmate on death row. This came after years of debate over switching to lethal injection, after repealing capital punishment and voting it back into place.


Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

Friday, June 15, 2018

The EPA administrator met with farmers in midwestern states this week to address frustrations over the renewable fuel standard.


If SNAP Changes, More Work Would Be Required For Food Assistance

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lawmakers disagree over money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — what used to be called food stamps. House Republicans want to expand work requirements for those receiving assistance.


Rural Development Advocates Concerned About Mixed Messages From Trump Administration

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Trump administration has been laying out its priorities for improving life in rural areas. But while the White House wants to boost spending on infrastructure, it is also seeking to eliminate programs focused on growing small businesses. Many who work closely on rural development issues are wondering just how invested the administration in in their concerns.


The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.


Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

Thursday, June 22, 2017

To slaughter 2 million birds per week, Costco is contracting poultry farmers. But this requires a major financial investment from small producers, and the payoff may not be guaranteed.


Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Fixing a modern tractor takes more than the right parts, but also the right software. Farmers are lobbying for the ability to buy that software, and some are hacking their way around the problem.


Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The fruit is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers, not at farmers. It's headed to test markets this month. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving.


Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions

Monday, December 26, 2016

In Nebraska alone, there are 11 counties without a lawyer — leaving those seeking legal help in the lurch. Efforts are underway to recruit law students to come back home.


Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, And The Food Traditions That Go With Them

Friday, November 18, 2016

Members of some Native American tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.


We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.


With Economy Stuck In The Mud, Farmers Sink Deeper Into Debt

Thursday, March 03, 2016

At the Lee Valley consignment sale near Tekamah, Neb., dozens of used tractors, planters and other equipment were on the auction block for farmers trying to save a few extra dollars. It was a muddy day, with trucks and four-wheelers leaving deep black ruts — fitting conditions for an industry ...