More Iowa companies are beginning to sell beef to China, which started allowing imports of U.S. beef in late June. China placed a ban on U.S. beef in 2003 after a scare over mad cow disease. Chris Freland is executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “Having been out of a market for 14 years…this […]
Iowa has at least 75 beer brewers statewide and many of them will have representatives at the upcoming convention being planned for Omaha-Council Bluffs. The Hop Growers and Brewers Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for January. Katie Kreuser, the hop program coordinator for the University of Nebraska Extension, says the event is an ideal […]
Officials in a key state agency recently held more than a dozen “listening sessions” with unemployed Iowans and their advocates. Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend says this is their goal: “We want to reduce unemployment rates for our minority communities by five percent in five years.” Townsend and her staff met with more than 300 […]
An Iowa State University expert says the current economic climate in the state should lead to a little more spending this holiday season. Economist David Swenson says Iowa’s economy has generated some confidence in consumers. “The economy right now both in Iowa and in the nation looks pretty much like it did last year. We’ve […]
The 2017 “Teacher of the Year” in Iowa says veteran teachers serving as “instructional coaches” are helping keep rookie teachers from leaving the profession. “Mentor leaders are providing support and encouragement to our new teachers in those critical first years. These leaders are crucial in helping us retain quality teachers in classroom,” says fifth-grade teacher Shelly […]