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Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 2.9 Percent in February

Iowa Workforce Development

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in February from 3.0 percent in January. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate increased from 3.4 percent to 3.6 percent in February. The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 50,100 in February from 51,200 in January. The total number of working Iowans increased […]

Iowa Senate passes asset, income tests for SNAP eligibility

Some fresh produce that was available Tuesday at the Oskaloosa Farmers Market

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 22, 2023 Iowans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would have to go through an asset test to continue receiving benefits under a bill passed by the Iowa Senate Wednesday. Senate File 494 would require Iowa families on SNAP to match federal asset test guidelines, meaning recipients […]

House passes bill to restrict eminent domain for pipelines

The Iowa Capitol

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 22, 2023 Legislation that would restrict carbon dioxide pipeline companies’ ability to use eminent domain was overwhelmingly approved by the Iowa House on Wednesday. “I believe that the issue before us today — and the vote that we will take on this issue — is indeed historic,” said […]

Oskaloosa Among Many Iowa Schools Have ‘Swatting’ Calls

Oskaloosa School Administration

The initial portion is the statement from the Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Mike Fisher in regards to Tuesday’s ‘Swatting’ call. Dear Oskaloosa Families and Staff, Today, our High School was the subject of an anonymous “swatting call”. The threat was determined not to be credible. Out of an abundance of caution, we still utilized all of […]

This is what step 2 of the Madigan Squeeze looks like

Calf (Iowa State University Extension)

AMES, Iowa — It’s peak calving season for many producers across the Midwest which may mean long exhausting and occasionally frustrating hours of trying to save every calf. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall said a simple technique might help some newborns that struggle to nurse or appear to have little will to […]

Public lands bill stalls in the Iowa House

One last big weekend for the summer season at Lake Keomah State Park.

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 16, 2023 Legislation that might limit the acquisition of new public lands — and was approved by the Iowa Senate on Tuesday — did not advance from a House subcommittee on Thursday amid significant public opposition. Senate File 516 was tabled by an environmental protection subcommittee because only […]

New federal rule would require several Iowa cities to fix ‘forever chemical’ contamination

Fire hydrants are used for flushing out city water lines.

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 14, 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require all water utilities to test their treated drinking water for toxic “forever chemicals” and — if they are detected in certain concentrations that have been found in Iowa cities — find a way to remove them or obtain a […]

State’s new drought plan seeks to increase monitoring and proactive mitigation

Indications of stress to crops continues as the moderate drought continues

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 13, 2023 State agencies have developed Iowa’s first-ever comprehensive plan to mitigate the effects of future droughts that have the potential to affect the availability of water for drinking and for agricultural and industrial uses. It includes a proposal to install monitoring stations in every county and to […]

Presidential candidate Nikki Haley: Hold China accountable for COVID-19

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, right, a GOP candidate for president, talked about U.S. foreign policy with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst at a Bastion Institute forum March 10, 2023. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 10, 2023 Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told Iowans Friday that China needs to be held accountable by the international community for the spread of COVID-19. “I think we need to go and look at the damages, the financial damages that happened, the life loss that happened, and […]

Rural Iowa Report Shows Large Farms Continue to Grow as Small Farms Decrease

The KIIC Farm Show, combined with the 44th Annual Cornbelt Cow Calf Conference and will be January 30 and 31 at the Ottumwa Bridge View Center.

Farm trends publication highlights the changing landscape of Iowa agriculture AMES, Iowa – A recent farm trends publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discusses changing farm trends between 2011 and 2021, including farm sizes, production values, net incomes and debt. In Rural Iowa at a Glance, Farm Trends (2022 Edition), David Peters, professor […]


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