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FARMERS REMINDED THAT FLOOD DAMAGED GRAIN MAY BE CONSIDERED ADULTERATED

Farmers should keep grain impacted by flood waters separate, follow FDA guidelines DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is again reminding farmers that grain impacted by river flooding may be considered adulterated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Grain that has been determined to be adulterated cannot be used […]

Iowa budget closes with higher-than-expected revenue, $127 million surplus

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2018 with an estimated balance of $127.3 million in its general fund. That’s $95.6 million more than what the Revenue Estimating Conference predicted in March. “We are striving to be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars, and I am […]

Business owners, entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to ‘10,000 Small Businesses Program’

(DES MOINES) – Iowa small business owners and entrepreneurs can grow their businesses with the help of the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses Program.” Beginning in January 2019, the program will be hosted in the State of Iowa and is free to Iowa businesses. The program includes curriculum developed by Babson College, recently named No. […]

11 IOWA ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE GRANTS TO HELP PROMOTE SPECIALTY CROPS

USDA funds will help groups promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be awarding grants to 11 Iowa organizations to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The Department received $334,269.77 through […]

Secretary of State contacting 300,000 eligible Iowans, encouraging them to register to vote

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is reaching out to more than 300,000 Iowans who are eligible to vote but are not registered. Timed to coincide with National Voter Registration Day, Pate’s office is mailing postcards to unregistered voters, encouraging them to utilize Iowa’s online voter registration system in advance of the […]

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.5 percent in August. The state’s jobless rate was 3.0 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in August. “Not since May of 2000 has Iowa seen an unemployment rate this low,” said Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce […]

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. “A dry week of weather allowed farmers to get back into fields to make hay, chop silage and start […]

NAIG ENCOURAGES IOWANS TO PREPARE FOR PROPANE NEEDS THIS FALL AND WINTER

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged ag businesses, farmers, rural residents and other Iowans that use propane to consider taking steps to ensure adequate propane supplies this fall and winter. “It is important for users to be prepared. By working with your supplier to fill tanks now and book future […]

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 […]

     

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