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First-generation Americans in Iowa caught in the middle

By Krista Johnson, You’re becoming too Americanized, Nickie Nguyen’s parents told her when she didn’t speak Vietnamese as well as the other Vietnamese children around her in Des Moines. You’re not Dominican enough, University of Iowa student Geordano Liriano was told by older people when he couldn’t say a certain Spanish phrase correctly when […]

Loebsack Statement on Being Sworn in at the Beginning of the 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today on the gaveling in of the new 115th Congress. Loebsack also comments on the House Republicans’ efforts to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in their first act of the new Congress. “I am once again honored to represent the people of […]


Iowa Ag Secretary also notes economic challenges, progress on water quality, expanded renewable fuel retail options DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted some of the top ag issues in Iowa in 2016. “Iowa farmers saw record production for both corn and soybeans again in 2016, however low prices are making […]


DES MOINES—Iowa’s population has grown by more than 87,824 since 2010, according to new estimates provided to the State Data Center from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2016 estimated population of the state is 3,134,693 people. “Iowa’s population continues it’s slow and steady growth that we have seen for the past few decades,” said Gary […]


Official Results Yet to Be Certified DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced the passage of the referendum to reinstate the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff that was held November 30th. The preliminary results show a positive vote of 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of reinstating […]

China Calls Iowa’s Branstad ‘Old Friend’ After Report He Picked As Ambassador

By Dominique Patton and John Ruwitch BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an “old friend” after a report that he had accepted an offer from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. “We welcome him to play a […]

Harvest Halts, Processors Close As Rains Swamp Upper Midwest

By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) – Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers’ concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, Sept. 15, to honor the life of Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson. Gen. Lawson passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the age of 83. Gen. Lawson’s visitation will be held on […]

Gov. Branstad joins letter from 7 Midwestern Governors in sending letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy

Governors of ethanol-producing states collectively join together urging elimination of regulatory hurdle to expand opportunities for E15 and mid-level ethanol blends (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, along with Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND), Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) today […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff for the weekend to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunset today, September 9, 2016 until sunrise, September 12, 2016, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. […]


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