U.S. Pork And Beef Exports Record First Quarter Increases

IARN — U.S. Meat Export Federation staff announce, “United States pork exports completed a tremendous first quarter with new March records for volume and value.”

Analysis of data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows “beef exports trended higher year-over-year in March, establishing a record first quarter pace.”

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and CEO Dan Halstrom comments on first quarter growths below. Read more

Dairy Exports Are Doing Surprisingly Well During Pandemic

IARN — The dairy industry has been taking its lumps during this pandemic. While other segments of the Ag industry have as well, dairy was looking for this to be a year of rebound. However, we just learned the Farm Service Agency says margins were low enough in March to trigger the Dairy Margin Coverage programs. Now, we have news from the export side. Read more

Schools Back for Summer?

Statewide Iowa — The director of the state Department of Education says Iowa’s schools are getting a new option, to offer on-site courses and activities this summer, instead of just online learning. Read more

SCDC Receipt Promotion Generates A Quarter MILLION Dollars In Receipts

Sheldon, Iowa — During the month of April, the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation conducted a Receipt Program designed to help Sheldon businesses who were dealing with closings, or limited services, due to the governor’s proclamations aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read more

Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment Numbers For May 10th Through 16th

Statewide Iowa — The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 10th, and Saturday, May 16th, was 13,040, according to information released by Iowa Workforce Development. There were 12,011 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,029 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state. Read more