|Sen. Randy Feenstra|
Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) said the counties weren't given a chance to resolve the issues to reduce nitrates in water running off farm fields without litigation, Petroski writes. Feenstra wrote on his blog: "Being a rural Iowa legislator, I see this snob urban-versus-rural mentality on a regular basis. Urban cities no longer have any regard for the state's agricultural community."
Feenstra also wrote: "I firmly believe that the power of our agricultural community needs to stand up against Des Moines. I would advocate that rural Iowa boycotts Des Moines. This could be done by shopping in other communities, vacationing in other areas of the state, and holding our many organizational meetings in Ames or Cedar Rapids. Iowa has plenty of great locations; we don't need Des Moines and this arrogant mentality against rural Iowa." (Read more)