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Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report June 22-28, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 29, 2020) – 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. “Continued wide variation in precipitation across the state brought large amounts of rain in some […]

Secretary Naig Announces Pack the Pantry Program to Support Food Pantries, Boost Availability of Iowa Ag Products

Cold storage grants help pantries provide more fresh foods to Iowans in need DES MOINES, Iowa (June 29, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced the Pack the Pantry grant program to help Iowa food pantries meet increasing food demands due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Pack the Pantry, food pantries can […]

Hite Capitol Update: 06/11/20

I would like to open my newsletter this week by acknowledging the current American reality. The tragic killing of George Floyd and the nation-wide protests that followed have caused us to rethink many aspects of our world. I wrote a piece in the Des Moines Register sharing my thoughts on the matter, which can be […]

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020, continues to ease restrictions on businesses and extends other public measures until Thursday, June 25, 2020. It still encourages all vulnerable Iowans, in all counties, to continue to […]

Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions Report Week of June 1-7, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 8, 2020) – 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. “Above normal temperatures across much of the state last week allowed for rapid crop development,” […]

Loebsack Announces Funds for Area 15 Regional Planning Commission Based in Ottumwa

Washington D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission based in Ottumwa will receive $192,500 for regional economic development planning. The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission is comprised of Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello counties. The funds come from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Partnership Planning […]

Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions Report Week of May 25-31, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 1, 2020) – 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. “Planting across the state is nearly complete,” said Secretary Naig. “Iowa is expecting warmer temperatures […]

Gov. Reynolds and Mayor Cownie release statement on Des Moines protest and violence

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie released the following statements on last night’s protests and violence that occurred in downtown Des Moines: Governor Kim Reynolds: “The unsettling and criminal act of violence that robbed George Floyd of his rights and his life was unconscionable and must be met with […]

Unemployment benefit programs now available to Iowans: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and State Extended Benefits

DES MOINES – Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) today released information regarding two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), was created by the CARES Act and provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits. PEUC is […]

Iowa Workforce Development reports initial unemployment insurance claims filed for week of May 17 – May 23, 2020

DES MOINES – The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 17, and Saturday, May 23, was 14,586. There were 13,365 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,221 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims […]

           

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