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Sakata la Agrisol lapamba moto huko Iowa

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    [h=1]CCI Asks Rastetter To Resign From Board of Regents for AgriSol Dealings

    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed an ethics complaint against Rastetter Tuesday. Rastetter's spokesman said he welcomes the investigation.


    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement called on Bruce Rastetter to resign his position as a member of the Iowa Board of Regents in a complaint filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board today.
    The group, which has long been an advocate for family farms in Iowa, said Rastetter mixed his corporate farming interests with his executive position on the board using his influence to encourage a partnership between Iowa State University and AgriSol Energy.
    In the executive summary of the complaint, CCI said it was also upset that Rastetter listed himself as a self-employed farmer in a financial disclosure statement with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board and failed to disclose his involvement in AgriSol and Summit Group until after an article in the Des Moines Register noted his involvement.
    The group claims Rastetter violated Iowa Code and the Board of Regents conflict of interest policy.
    “Bruce Rastetter knew that what he was doing was a conflict of interest,” said Adam Mason, Iowa CCI Statewide Organizing Policy Director.
    The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board oversees campaign finances and executive ethics. The board will review the complaint and determine whether it is valid and do an investigation or could dismiss it altogether.
    A spokesman for Rastetter, Joe Murphy, released a statement, which said Rastetter welcomed the ethics review and planned to cooperate fully.
    "We welcome this type of review and we will cooperate fully. Bruce operates with the highest degree of integrity and has long been an advocate for education and agriculture. He also has a strong tradition of providing support and gifts to the Regent institutions. At the same time, Bruce has a deep commitment to helping lift people out of poverty by adopting sustainable agricultural practices," Murphy wrote.
    Rastetter, who was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2011, had been working on a deal between AgriSol and Iowa State University since 2009 to develop 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania into a grain and livestock operation. The land had been home to Burundi refugees in Tanzania, but the government has been relocating them.
    Mason said this was an example of corporations putting profits before people.
    Iowa State planned to seek a $4-to $10-million grant with AgriSol for the project, but backed out in September because of misunderstandings over the project.
    Read the full executive summary of CCI's complaint attached to this story.

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    Protestors Calling for Regent's Firing Escorted from Iowa Regents Meeting

    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement protested against Regent Bruce Ratsetter, who's company, AgriSol Energy, worked with Iowa State University on a land deal in Tanzania. By Alison Gowans


    Several protestors were escorted from an Iowa Board of Regents meeting by campus police today as members of the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement called for the firing of Regent Bruce Ratsetter.
    The regents are meeting at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
    About 40 people gathered in protest in front of Maucker Union while the board met in a closed session. The group said Rastetter committed a conflict of interest when his company, AgriSol Energy, worked with Iowa State University on a deal to develop 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania into a grain and livestock operation. The land had been home to 160,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania, but the Tanzanian government has been relocating them.
    Rastetter recently spoke out in defense of the project. The Ames Tribune reported he said once AgriSol learned about the refugees, the plans were changed:
    “That’s one of the really unfortunate parts about this project that wasn’t cleared up, and we’ll take some of the blame for that,” Rastetter said. “We would never have built … where there are refugees. At the same time, when the (Tanzanian) government says, ‘Here’s the set of land you can look at,’ you look at it. As we learned there were problems with the refugees, then we focused on the property that we ended up with the actual lease on.”
    Iowa State planned to seek a $4-to $10-million grant with AgriSol for the project, but backed out in September because of misunderstandings over the project.
    During the meeting, the protestors sat in the back of the room with signs that said, "Fire Rastetter." Soon after the meeting started, two members stood up and began shouting questions.
    Regents president Craig Lang took a scolding tone as he told them to sit down.
    "If you become unruly, if you cause circumstances that cause disruption to this meeting, we will ask you to leave," he said.
    When they didn't stop, he said, "I'm serious."
    "So are we," the protestors yelled. "You have to allow us to be here. We have a right to be here."
    "We will stop this meeting. We will have you removed," Lang said.
    A moment later, he did just that, formally adjouring the meeting for five minutes while campus police escorted two protestors from the room.
    The protestors said they had asked for time on the official agenda twice, but had been turned down.
    Several minutes later, two other protestors stood up and shouted questions. They were also removed by campus police. A few minutes later, two protestors walked forward and sat at a table next to the regents, asking questions. They and others were escorted from the room as they periodically stood up to shout their protests throughout the meeting. The regents continued their business, talking over the protestors.
    One, David Goodner, shouted, "Shame on you, Bruce Ratsetter," before being escorted out along with several others.
    "We're asking for everyone who speaks out of turn to be escorted from the room," Lang said.
    A few minutes later, the remainder of the group stood up and left after handing letters of protest to the police officers who showed them to the door.
    The group, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, has filed a complaint against Rastetter with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

    Zungu mashuhuri Bruce Ratsetter limekuwa likishambuliwa na wanajamii huko Iowa USA kutokana na sakata la Agrisol kupamba moto. Tofauti na jinsi mambo yanavyofanyika ktk nchi yetu, wananchi huko Iowa wamecomplain na kuweka wazi hoja zao za kumshutumu huyu jamaa. Cha kushangaza zaidi, hamna mtu aliyetinga ndani ya karandinga wala walalamikaji kupigwa mabomu ya machozi na kutawanywa kwa vikosi vya SWAT. Habari zaidi kufuata
     
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    UPDATE: Protesters outside the state Board of Regents meeting Friday held signs calling for the firing of Regent Bruce Rastetter, and later came into the meeting and disrupted the beginning of the agenda.
    The group of about 40 protesters from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement say Rastetter has violated the board's code of conduct policy, and they want the regents to address the issue. Group members say they requested a hearing before the board at Friday's meeting, but that request was denied.
    "It would be unfortunate for the Board of Regents to create a firewall for him," said protester Cherie Mortice of Des Moines. "They need to hold him accountable."
    The protesters later came inside and disrupted the beginning of the meeting, with shouting and boos. Board President Craig Lang stopped the meeting for a few minutes, while a University of Northern Iowa Public Safety official talked to the protesters and told them to be quiet or they would be removed.
    "It's time for you to be quiet," Lang said, asking the group to show respect for the meeting. "We will recess for five minutes until we regain order."
    Protesters shouted "who are you protecting Mr. Lang?," "when are you going to deal with the ethics complaints?" and "you're a public board!"
    UNI police escorted several protesters out as they shouted and disrupted the meeting, including two group members who walked up to the regents table and sat down, shouting questions at board members, during the meeting.
    It gives the board and the state a black eye if the regents are not willing to hold a member accountable to board policies, said protester Ross Grooters of Pleasant Hill. The board has its own ethics policy separate from state law, which is what the protesters want the regents to act upon.
    The watchdog group also filed an ethics complaint against Rastetter to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The group claims Rastetter, of Alden, abused his position as a regent in pursuing a partnership between Iowa State University and his agribusiness corporation, AgriSol Energy. Rastetter participated in discussions with the university about working with AgriSol to develop a commercial farming operation in Tanzania, a project critics call a land grab.
    Rastetter Spokesman Joe Murphy said Iowa CCI continues to use bully tactics and a campaign of misinformation and intimidation to mislead Iowans on the issue. The group's behavior is destructive and not representative of Iowa values, Murphy said in a statement Friday. He noted that Rastetter is a native Iowan dedicated to agriculture, education and philanthropy.
    "Bruce is passionate about lifting people out of hunger and poverty, which is the goal of the AgriSol project in Tanzania," Murphy said.
    The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board is scheduled to meet this month to rule on the complaint.
    Iowa CCI shows a disregard for that process in their confrontational protests, Murphy said.
    The lease signed in Tanzania is for about 13,750 hectares of land and involves no land containing refugees, Murphy said. He noted AgriSol Energy began talks with ISU several years before Rastetter was appointed as a regent. ISU is no longer involved in the project, but it is involved in many projects of this nature and does similar work in Uganda, Murphy said.
    Iowa CCI argues Rastetter tried to leverage ISU's international reputation for a "massive corporate land grab" in Africa that could displace tens of thousands of refugees while making Rastetter and his investment partners millions of dollars.
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