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Public Comment Period Begins for Iowa’s New Hemp Production Regulations

Comments can be submitted online until 4:30 p.m./CT on Jan. 22 DES MOINES, Iowa (Jan. 2, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the open comment period for the state’s proposed hemp production regulations began Jan. 1. The public can visit to read the proposed administrative rules that will regulate the […]

Farmers Using Cover Crops Can Sign Up for Crop Insurance Discounts until Jan. 15, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 30, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reminds farmers who planted fall cover crops that the deadline to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums is quickly approaching. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will accept applications until Jan. 15, […]

Wine Taste May Have Untapped Potential in Iowa

New Iowa State researcher is exploring the factors that affect wine taste and composition AMES, Iowa – Grape and wine producers in Iowa and across the Midwest have a few challenges that some more popular grape-growing regions do not. Namely, the threat of cold winters, late frost springs and hot, humid summers – factors that […]

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Holiday Cheer

Prevent bed bugs, and conquer them if you must AMES, Iowa – Discovering bed bugs in your home can turn your stomach in an instant. You may not even see the bugs, which are small and often hidden. Instead, you may see dark stains from their excrement, or signs of nymphs and eggs. Or, you […]

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.6 Percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained 2.6 percent in November. The state’s jobless rate was 2.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in November. “Despite a slight increase in the number of individuals unemployed, the total number of Iowans working continued to increase in November. […]

Secretary Naig makes statement on USMCA passing through the House

Mike Naig

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 19, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Passing of the USMCA through the U.S. House of Representatives is one step closer to ratifying this much-needed trade agreement,” said Secretary Naig. “As our largest trading […]

House Republicans Fill Out Leadership Team

The Iowa Capitol

(DES MOINES) — This morning, House Republicans held elections to fill out the leadership team that will lead the caucus into the 2020 legislative session. House Republicans elected Rep. Mike Sexton (R-Rockwell City) as House Majority Whip. Sexton is a small business owner and operates a family farm in Calhoun County. He previously served as […]


At approximately 1:39 p.m. today at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, there was a perceived threat at a supply warehouse (Bldg. W12). Camp Dodge employees were notified of a lockdown after a 911 call was placed. Within five minutes, the first local law enforcement officers were on the scene. Iowa State Patrol, Polk County deputies […]

Iowa Farmland Value Grows 2.3% in 2019, but Barely Exceeds Inflation

Iowa’s farmland now valued at $7,432 per acre, an increase of $168 from 2018 AMES, Iowa — It’s been a difficult year for farmers—the planting season saw an overabundance of rain and delayed planting, the United States’ trade war with China persisted, skewing both commodity prices and demand, and farm bankruptcies rose to the highest […]

Mohr Issues Statement on December REC

The Iowa Capitol

(DES MOINES) — Rep. Gary Mohr (R-Bettendorf), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s meeting of the Revenue Estimating Conference: “Iowa’s economy is clearly growing and that is a positive sign for the future. Iowa has a healthy surplus, full reserve accounts, and the tax cuts we passed in 2018 […]


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