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Siouxland Public Media Noon Newscast 4.18.19

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The Justice Department today posted a redacted version of the Mueller report.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports today’s release.  He says tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money went into the report so it should be made public, with the exception of a few key area.

Grassley told Radio Iowa he won’t join with Democratic leaders who are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture information showing the amount of land in the largest federal conservation programs has decreased nationwide and in many Midwest and Plains states.

But that doesn’t mean farmers are ignoring soil health, nutrient runoff or erosion problems.

The census asks about federal conservation and wetlands programs, which researchers say refers to land retirements — taking marginal lands out of production in exchange for money. The largest one, the Conservation Reserve Program, doesn’t allow as many acres now as it did before the 2014 farm bill.

However, farmers are using more cover crops and tilling less which can protect the environment

U.S. Census Bureau data shows that nine Nebraska counties hit record population highs last year.

Nebraska's three largest counties, Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy, account for more than 55% of the state's 1.9 million residents.

The Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska-Omaha says those three counties collectively added more than 12,000 people in the last year. 

The state's 90 other counties lost roughly 700 people combined.