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Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu — a deadly, fast-spreading disease that has killed millions of birds in Iowa.
The move is designed to protect thousands of birds that would be entered in state and county fairs, as well as commercial turkey and chicken operations, Bill Northey, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, said Thursday.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Precisely why government shouldn't pretend it can play the role of banker/real estate developer. It doesn't matter how well intended it is, such things are NOT proper roles of government to play, playing with taxpayer money is a no-no.
Five years after bringing high-tech jobs to the Midwestern states of Iowa and Missouri, International Business Machines Corp. has fired half its workers there -- sowing ire and disappointment for locals and officials alike.
In April, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wrote IBM to condemn the firing of about 700 employees in Dubuque, Iowa. The same month, Missouri suspended tax credits after IBM’s headcount in the city of Columbia fell below the required minimum of 500.
Iowa reported four more avian flu outbreaks today, two on turkey farms and two in backyard poultry flocks, but no new outbreaks were reported in hard-hit Minnesota or other neighboring states.
Meanwhile, a new study from the University of Minnesota estimated that the H5N2 avian flu virus has already done about $310 million worth of damage to the state's economy, while an Iowa company said it is nearly ready to start testing an H5N2 vaccine for poultry.
SWISHER — Iowa’s wine industry has seen major growth in the past two decades, according to a 2012 report from the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.
The report found that the average monthly production of wine in 2011 was almost seven times the amount produced in 2002.
Jamie Siefken, general manager of Cedar Ridge Vineyards Winery and Distillery in Swisher, said Iowa’s wine industry still is fairly new, and many potential customers are not aware of the varietals that grow and sell in-state.
The number of avian flu cases in Iowa has risen, making 52 cases in the state.
On Thursday, May 14, 2015 it was reported that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship checked out two possible cases of bird flu in Sioux and Plymouth Counties.
The areas of possible bird flu have been quarantined and once the disease in confirmed all the birds will be euthanized, according to a report by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. More than 25 million birds have been affected.
DES MOINES — They heard a paean to the newly planted corn “when hope springs eternal.” They heard a promise to launch a drone attack on any American thinking of joining the Islamic State. They heard a candidate noting this was his latest stop on “the rubber-chicken circuit.”
More than 1,300 Republican stalwarts at the Iowa state party’s Lincoln Dinner listened to the biggest field of 2016 presidential hopefuls to visit the state so far. In tightly paced speeches of 10 minutes each, 11 contenders displayed the broad spectrum of ideologies and personal styles in the party’s unsettled, chaotic race.
While Iowa farmers are making good progress on crops this year, some area farmers are worried that crop prices could sink.
According to the crop-progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than one-half of Iowa’s corn acreage was planted last week, the largest percentage planted during this week in more than 20 years.