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Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report

Week of April 1-7, 2019 DES MOINES, Iowa (April 8, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “The recent warming trend has helped green up cover crops […]

President Trump approves major disaster declaration for 56 Iowa counties

The Iowa Capitol

Mahaska County Included In Declaration DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds today received notification that President Trump has granted her request for an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties that have been severely impacted by recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available to […]

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for nine additional counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued another disaster proclamation today in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, […]

Naig Presents Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards

Iowa Ag Secretary presents to Fareway. (submitted photo)

Four Iowa organizations honored for their contributions to the agriculture industry DES MOINES, Iowa (March 13, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Agriculture Leader Awards to four Iowa-based organizations during the annual Agriculture Leaders Dinner held at the FFA Enrichment Center on Tuesday, March 12. The awards highlight the work of Iowa […]

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.4 Percent in January

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was 2.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent in January. “More Iowans than ever are now employed,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “This is the fourth straight month […]

Gov. Reynolds selects Christopher McDonald as Supreme Court justice

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Judge Christopher McDonald as her Iowa Supreme Court justice selection Wednesday morning at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Watch the announcement on Facebook here. McDonald, of Des Moines, received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Grand […]

Gov. Reynolds signs historic education funding bills

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to students, staff, and employers at the Ottumwa Job Corp this past week.

Reynolds: Education is and will remain a top priority DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed HF 306 and HF 307, historic preK-12 education funding at the Iowa State Capitol surrounded by education advocates and students from North Polk Community Schools. HF 306 and HF 307 were the first bills Gov. Reynolds signed this […]

Iowa Should Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol

The Iowa Capitol

by Senator Joe Bolkcom Ending Iowa Marijuana Prohibition will reduce harm to residents, save tax dollars, and create Iowa jobs, businesses and additional revenue (Des Moines) State Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City today announced he is preparing legislation to end marijuana prohibition in Iowa. “Marijuana prohibition in Iowa has failed and we need a […]

European Commission approves U.S. soybean use

DES MOINES – The European Commission recently announced that conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU. Governor Reynolds released the following statement today, “This is great news for our soybean farmers by adding stability with the expansion of […]

Courses for Beginning and Advanced Beekeepers Scheduled Across the State

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today encouraged Iowans interested in beekeeping to consider enrolling in one of the 38 beekeeping schools that will be held around the state in 2019. The courses are for both the beginner and advanced beekeeper. “A great variety of beekeeping courses are available across […]


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