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Conservation a concern as fewer farm owners manage land

The Sustainable Agricultural Land Stewardship project by Drake University's Agricultural Law Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University seeks to answer: With tenant farming on the rise, what happens to conservation efforts on those agricultural properties?

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Politics Day on The Exchange

Dennis Goldford, political science professor at Drake University, appeared on Iowa Public Radio's "The Exchange" to discuss the political implications of a withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Back to Basics: Adult literacy center

Michael Woods is learning to read thanks to Drake University's Adult Literacy Program and his volunteer tutor Bill Barnes. "It's just hard to say how thankful I am," Woods says. "My biggest goal right now is when I finish the program to teach somebody else."

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Nursing home chain fighting tax battles

Jonathan Rosenbloom, a Drake University law professor, offers analysis of nursing homes' status as a hybrid of commercial and residential structures. "Residential property owners traditionally have been given a tax break because government wants to encourage individual homeownership," he said. "If a nursing-home chain owns dozens of homes that serve thousands of people, that may not fit the intent of the residential rollback."

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President Maxwell on The Exchange

President Maxwell discusses the costs and values of private education, his recent trip to Africa with the football team and other topics such as the development of a new personalized medicine lab on campus and the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center.

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Drake Student Named New Associate Superintendent

Thomas Ahart, who is in the process of completing his doctor of education in leadership from Drake, has been appointed the Des Moines school districts associate superintendent position. Ahart is currently the principal of Warren G. Harding Middle School in Des Moines.

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Drake Bulldogs, Schmudlach return from Africa trip

Jacob Schmudlach, a Drake student and member of the University's football team, describes his experiences in Africa during the team's recent two-week trip. "The whole thing was a very humbling experience," Schmudlach said. "I'm so glad I went, and I will go back if I ever get the chance."