IARN — While most of northern Iowa continues to deal with drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday showed some improvement for areas in the southern part of the state.
Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan says many counties in southern Iowa were taken out of the D0 Abnormally Dry category. Currently, all drought coverage for Iowa is either in central or northern Iowa. Read more
IARN — The U.S. Coast Guard said there were over 1,000 barges backed up along the lower Mississippi River late last week. The Coast Guard stopped all traffic on the river near Memphis, Tennessee, after a fracture was discovered in a bridge that carries traffic over the river. The good news is barge traffic was allowed to resume last Friday. Read more
IARN — The U.S. Senate late last week confirmed Jewell Bronaugh as deputy secretary of agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more
Northwest Iowa — Spring planting got under way in earnest three weeks ago, and since that time great progress has been made, according to Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist Joel De Jong. Read more
Statewide Iowa — Some livestock producers in Iowa saw little or no financial aid during the latest round of federal COVID-19 relief payments. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is sending a letter to U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding payment limitations.
IARN — Mexico last week agreed to extend the deadline for U.S. organic exports to be certified to its Organic Products Law. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with his counterpart, and they agreed to extend the compliance deadline to December 31, 2021. Through 2021, USDA-certified organic products may continue to be exported, but on January 1, 2022, organic products exported from the U.S. to Mexico must be certified to the Organic Products Law standard. Read more