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Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. Robin has experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald, in addition to working on multimedia projects, newsletters and visualizations. They were a political reporter for the Des Moines Register covering the Iowa caucuses leading up to the 2020 presidential election, assisting with the Register's Iowa Poll, and reporting on Iowa's 4th District elections.

U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack tours Dan and Debbie’s Creamery on June 28, 2022, in Ely, Iowa. The former Iowa governor announced a new grant program to address agricultural waste at the facility. (Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Vilsack announces $10 million grant program to develop new uses for ag waste

By: - June 28, 2022

ELY, Iowa — U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, during an eastern Iowa visit Tuesday, announced a $10 million initiative to help farms and businesses find uses for waste byproducts. The grant program is one piece of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure law, passed in November. Vilsack said the initiative will help build a bio-based […]