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Crap and Trade

Posted on July 7th, 2021

Some of you may have seen the op-ed that Dr. Jones and I wrote for the Des Moines Register regarding the Gov. Reynolds’ carbon task force. You may have also seen that the US senate passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which will use public funds to create certification programs for agriculture and forestry “markets”. […]

Take this stream and shove it

Posted on June 19th, 2021

You may have heard that another lawsuit concerning the Raccoon River was dismissed by the Iowa Supreme Court. This latest one, pink-slipped in a 4-3 decision, was filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food and Water Watch. They asserted that the State of Iowa had violated the public trust doctrine, meaning the citizens […]


Posted on June 9th, 2021

“The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness, both individual and collective, are contrary to the order of creation.”  Pope John Paul II. Polk County is one out of 99 in Iowa, but one in six Iowans live there, and about one in four are there on […]

Wake Up and Smell the Manure

Posted on May 5th, 2021

Note: this piece was co-written with Professors Silvia Secchi (University of Iowa) and Benjamin Maas (presently Buena Vista University but soon leaving for South Dakota) and was run in the Iowa City Press Citizen on April 21. The Press Citizen gave me permission to post it here. This isn’t the exact manuscript we submitted to […]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Posted on April 26th, 2021

Recently someone in my peer group publicly stated that “I counsel students if they conduct research for an academic institution (to) avoid advocacy related to their professional focus. Your research will become biased or perceived as such and you lose credibility.” Now this statement, mind you, comes from a person who some might say has […]


Posted on March 28th, 2021

Note: this post was written by Professor Silvia Secchi. Some of the farmer data presented here may seem to be slightly different from my (CJ) last post. Neither of us is wrong; rather, it relates to a distinction USDA makes between “primary” and “principal” producer.  There was a recent New Yorker article that really irritated […]

Environmental Injustice

Posted on March 22nd, 2021

Using 2017 data (1), USDA has identified 86,104 people as the “primary producer” (e.g., farmer) on Iowa farms. Of these folks, 378 (0.4%) identified as of Hispanic origin, 45 (<0.1%) as Native American, 64 (<0.1%) as Asian, 40 (<0.1%) as African American, 6 (<0.1%) as Pacific Islander, and 85,827 (99.7%) as white. Of these white […]

Big Pollution

Posted on March 7th, 2021

It’s always been in the best interests of the ag industry to make nutrient pollution seem mysteriously complex. After all, complex problems rarely lend themselves well to simple solutions. Complex problems require lots and lots of time and money to solve, and the bigger the problem, the more likely the taxpayer is going to be […]

Manure Matters: IA 2020 Nitrate Summary

Posted on March 1st, 2021

Preface: I hit the wrong button and accidentally posted this for about 5 minutes before I was done, and realizing my mistake, took it down. What you see here is the final product. You may have noticed the mistake. Witold Krajewski once told me aging is something that is impossible to understand until it actually happens […]

Defending Paris

Posted on December 16th, 2020

The humble Iowa City Goosetown neighborhood is the location of my even humbler house, a three-room castle (three rooms, not three bedrooms) that can be seen in the background of the 1941 Grant Wood painting, Spring in Town. Wood taught painting at the University of Iowa from 1934-1941 before dying young in Iowa City of […]