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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Now is the time to take part in the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The Pepsi Refresh Project, an effort by the makers of Pepsi to foster innovation in social good, has been giving away $1.3 million every month this year. Money is awarded to the ideas that Americans select as the best in online voting.

There are six categories of ideas: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. Anyone can submit an idea in these categories for a chance to win $250,000, $50,000, $25,000 or $5,000. The top two ideas in the $250,000 category will receive funding. The top 10 ideas in the other categories receive funding.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is in the lead to win $250,000 this month.

The HSUS project is to rescue animals from cruelty in underserved communities; with the goal to rescue animals who are suffering from extreme neglect. According to the project description the money, if they win, will be divided up amongst veterinary and medical expenses, equipment purchase and fleet maintenance, shelter and supplies for rescued animals, rescuer travel expenses and animal food and care supplies. Now you know as well as I do, that that is probably not exactly what HSUS plans to do with the money. Why would they use this money for that purpose when HSUS shares less than half of one percent of its budget with real “humane societies” and other hands-on pet shelters?

So what can you do? Vote! You can vote for up to 10 of your favorite ideas every day. In the running for second place is a project from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help babies with Cystic Fibrosis breathe easier.

Third place currently is a project from Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation to help find a path to the cure for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.

There are many worthy causes in every single prize category that need your help. Take a look at the leader board. Voting will end on Nov. 30, so make sure to get your votes in! Let’s make sure this money goes to a worthy cause.


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