Pat Blank en Hog-farming cousins add aquaculture to mix <p></p><p>Americans eat millions of pounds of fish and seafood and government figures show that 80 percent of it is imported. But two cousins in Iowa are hoping to find a place in that market by investing in aquaculture in a part of the country where pork is king.</p><p>Jeff and Mark Nelson have raised corn and hogs for years, but they were looking to diversify their operation. Farm raised fish in Iowa has been tried before but with limited success. It involved outdoor ponds and mostly catfish. The Nelsons’ have moved their venture inside.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:43:56 +0000 Pat Blank 36824 at Hog-farming cousins add aquaculture to mix Christmas trees suffer through drought <div class="article-body"><p></p><p></p><p>In the Dr. Seuss book, it was the Grinch who stole Christmas. But for some Midwest tree growers, it may be the drought that eventually steals the holiday.</p><p>Danny Moulds, who owns Kris Kringle’s Trees just north of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said the hot dry summer took a harsh toll on newly planted seedlings. “We did lose about 15,000 Christmas trees in a 46-acre farm,” Moulds said. “And with the fir trees we didn’t lose just the little ones we planted this year, we (also) lost last year’s.”</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:41:30 +0000 Pat Blank 25167 at Christmas trees suffer through drought Pink Slime Maker To Close Plants, 650 To Lose Jobs Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Some other news. Two words - pink slime - have been powerful enough to cost the jobs of 650 meat-processing workers.<p>Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports on the backlash against a ground-beef filler.<p>PAT BLANK, BYLINE: Officials with Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, will permanently close three production plants in Waterloo, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; and Garden City, Kansas; by the end of the month.<p>BPI is the maker of what the industry calls lean, finely textured beef, a product that critics refer to as pink slime. Iowa Gov. Wed, 09 May 2012 09:06:00 +0000 Pat Blank 13813 at