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Adding Value to Iowa's Resources

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Today Iowa is excelling as one of the top states when it comes to agricultural production, and a leader in using its resources. Iowa has rankings in the top 5 states in the nation in 3 different categories of production. In the livestock category Iowa is ranked fourth in the nation in cattle and calves, fourth in sheep, goats, and their products, first in layers (chickens that lay eggs), and first in hogs and pigs. In the crops category Iowa is ranked first in corn for grain and first in soybean production. (NASS) And in the renewable energy category it ranks second in the amount of electricity produced for its wind turbines, first in the percentage of electricity, used annually, that comes from wind energy generation (10%), and first in the amount of ethanol produced ( 3‘549 million gallons per year). (“ 2009 Wind Industry Rankings”, U. S. Renewable Fuels Association) Iowa’s resources are beneficial to Iowa and its people. With Iowa having top rankings in the nation in production areas, some people might be wondering if the production of grain, livestock, and energy is being done correctly and environmentally friendly? In the long run the answer is yes, but there are some valid arguments that can be made against production in these areas. When it comes to wind energy, there are two main arguments made against wind turbines. One is that wind turbines kill birds. Wind turbines are man made, tall structures that are usually a couple hundred feet tall, and they have a giant propeller with huge blades. So they, consequently, are not natural to birds and therefore, do cause some bird deaths. The only area where there has been major problems with birds running into to them is Altamont Pass. (Jodziewicz) Altamo... ... middle of paper ... ...rch-based. Credible. Iowa State University, 14 Feb. 2011. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. . "NASS - Statistics_by_State_Iowa." National Agricultural Statistics Service. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. . Parkinson, Spencer. "Iowa Pork Facts." Iowa Pork. Iowa Pork Producers Association. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. . "Pork." American Association of Meat Processors. American Meat Institute. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. . United States. Renewable Fuels Association. Nebraska Energy Office. Ethanol Facilities' Capacity by State. Official Nebraska Government Website, 3 Jan. 2011. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. .
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