Iowa weather outlook for second half of April

IARN — Iowa farmers are already working in the fields for the 2021 spring planting season. State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan recently provided a weather outlook for the second half of the month. Read more

CoBank: U.S. economy gaining momentum

IARN — The U.S. economy continues to outperform expectations as stimulus funds are fueling robust consumer spending. Forecasts point to seven percent GDP growth for 2021, the fastest rate of expansion since 1984, according to CoBank. The transition to a less COVID-restricted world has begun. But for the economy and rural industries, CoBank says there will be no going back to pre-COVID conditions. Researchers say the focus in Washington is shifting from crisis management to building for the future, and the outcomes will reshape rural economies. Read more