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The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.

It's harvest time once again in Iowa

by Allison Winter, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 26, 2023 WASHINGTON — As the deadline for Congress to pass a new farm bill looms this weekend, staff members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees say it will be months – if not longer – until they reach agreement on a new bill. Lawmakers must rewrite […]

U.S. House Speaker McCarthy tells committees to launch Biden impeachment probe

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom)

by Ariana Figueroa, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 12, 2023 WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he has directed several House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into unproven GOP allegations that President Joe Biden profited from his son’s business dealings when he was vice president in the Obama administration. […]

FDA Takes Action on Updated mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines to Better Protect Against Currently Circulating Variants

COVID-19 Vaccine (file photo)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action approving and authorizing for emergency use updated COVID-19 vaccines formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Today’s actions relate to updated mRNA vaccines for 2023-2024 manufactured by ModernaTX Inc. and Pfizer […]

Job growth exceeds economists’ expectations as unemployment inches up

Iowa Workforce Development

by Casey Quinlan, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 1, 2023 The labor market is stable and healthy, economists and policy experts say, although the unemployment rate ticked up in the month of August. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report released Friday showed that unemployment rose to 3.8% in August from 3.5% in July. Meanwhile the economy added 187,000 […]

Sen. Tim Scott says 15-week abortion ban could be winning ‘compromise’

Sen. Tim Scott campaigns for President in Oskaloosa on Thursday afternoon. (Oskaloosa News Photo)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch August 31, 2023 OSKALOOSA — Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott, campaigning in Iowa Thursday, said a federal 15-week abortion ban would make abortion a “much less political issue.” Roughly 80 people gathered at the Iowa State University Extension in Oskaloosa to hear from the South Carolina senator and ask […]

Trump absent but still dominates as GOP presidential rivals clash at first debate

Businessman Donald Trump address the crowd at the Iowa Freedom Summit.

by Jacob Fischler, Iowa Capital Dispatch August 23, 2023 Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered onstage Wednesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a heated first primary debate heavily influenced by former President Donald Trump, though the party’s front runner refused to attend the two-hour event. Trump instead recorded a competing 46-minute interview with former Fox News […]

FDA Names First Deputy Commissioner for Proposed, Unified Human Foods Program

Food and Drug Administration

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing the selection of James “Jim” Jones to serve as the first Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods. The new executive position will lead the charge in setting and advancing priorities for a proposed unified Human Foods Program (HFP). Program areas would include food safety, chemical safety and […]

Consumers seeing relief in some food prices as inflation continues to slow

Fresh produce at the Oskaloosa Farmers Market 2014.

by Casey Quinlan, Iowa Capital Dispatch August 10, 2023 Consumers are getting some relief from higher prices as core inflation, which excludes food and energy, continues to show signs of cooling — an encouraging sign for the U.S. economy, according to economists. The Department of Labor’s report on Thursday showed the consumer price index rose 0.2% in […]

Veterans exposed to burn pits, toxins urged to apply for retroactive benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs

by Ashley Murray, Iowa Capital Dispatch August 3, 2023 WASHINGTON — A deadline for a year’s worth of backdated benefits is fast approaching for U.S. veterans suffering illnesses after exposure to open burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxins. Nearly a year ago, President Joe Biden signed the PACT Act, a law supporters describe as the largest […]

U.S. ag secretary touts Biden climate agenda as boost for rural America in Oregon visit

Former Iowa Governor and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D) was in Oskaloosa on Sunday to thank Democrat campaign workers for their 'get out the vote' efforts.

by Jacob Fischler, Iowa Capital Dispatch July 31, 2023 PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees the Biden administration’s climate agenda as a boon for rural economies, he said Monday during a visit to Portland’s World Forestry Center. The U.S. Forest Service, which is part of the Agriculture Department, will begin accepting applications […]


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