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Iowa has second lowest unemployment rate in nation

(DES MOINES) – Iowa has the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation, according to July numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development on Friday. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent last month, hitting an 18-year low and tying Iowa with North Dakota for No. 2. “This new ranking speaks to the strength of […]

Century and Heritage Farms Show the Sustainability of Iowa Agriculture

Mike Naig

By Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Agricultural sustainability has been a hot topic in recent years. It is an important conversation and I’m proud of all the work that has been done by Iowa farmers to care for the land and protect water quality. I believe it is critically important that everyone recognize the […]

NAIG COMMENTS ON IOWA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “We continue to see spotty showers across the state with some areas receiving strong storm and other areas, especially […]

MILE-A-MINUTE WEED IDENTIFIED IN IOWA

Mile-a-minute weed

Iowa State and Iowa Department of Ag asking citizens to report other possible infestations DES MOINES – Mile-a-minute weed, an invasive weed from eastern Asia has been found for the first time in Iowa. Prior to this, mile-a-minute weed was known to be in the mid-Atlantic states, but only as far west as Indiana and […]

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for Marion County

Emergency personnel respond to Vermeer shortly after a tornado destroyed at least 2 buildings and many employee vehicles. (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Friday for Marion County in response to severe storms and tornadoes July 19 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 […]

Christopher Bell Makes History at Iowa Speedway

hristopher Bell’s Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane celebration (Photo Credit: Jennifer Coleman Photography)

Bell becomes the first full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver to win three straight races since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1999 NEWTON, Iowa (July 28, 2018) – Christopher Bell earned a victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group at Iowa Speedway, becoming the first Xfinity regular since Dale Earnhardt […]

First Jumping Worm Appearance Confirmed in Iowa

Jumping worm can be identified by the cloudy-white, circular clitellum surrounding the entire circumference of the body. This band is flat on the jumping worm, while it is raised on other worms. Photo credit to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forest Health.

New invasive earthworm species discovered in Dubuque and Muscatine counties. DUBUQUE, Iowa — An invasive species of earthworm was recently confirmed in Dubuque and Muscatine counties by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists in entomology and nematology. This species of earthworm, commonly known as jumping worm (Amynthas spp.), was not known to reside in […]

NAIG COMMENTS ON IOWA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT

Mike Naig

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Much of the state saw drier conditions last week that allowed saturated fields to start draining and gave farmers […]

Gov. Reynolds issues statement on passing of Robert Ray

Iowa Governor (1968 - 1983) Robert Ray (file photo from 2011)

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement Sunday on the passing of former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray: “Governor Ray’s legacy lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation. His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those […]

NAIG: $7.8 MILLION IN COST SHARE AVAILBLE FOR CONSERVATION PRACTICES

Mike Naig

Farmers who have identified conservation needs following recent flooding should contact local Soil and Water Conservation District office DES MOINES – Following the recent storms and flooding, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig highlighted the $7.8 million that is available through the state conservation cost share program to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices. […]

     

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