Coronavirus Impact On Trade

(IARN) — Coronavirus has affected many aspects of our daily life. The impact has spread far and wide, reaching overseas trading partners.

Officials first detected coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, in Wuhan, China. Trade between our nation and the world’s most populous country ultimately came to a halt. Ports did not reopen following the Lunar New Year due to coronavirus. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, offers additional insight. Read more

USDA Announces New Beginning Farmers And Ranchers Team

(IARN) — The Department of Agriculture Monday announced a new team of USDA staff that will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky says the move will help “support the next generation of agricultural producers who we will soon rely upon to grow our nation’s food and fiber.” Read more

IDALS Cancels Upcoming Pesticide Applicator Testing Sessions

(IARN) — To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is canceling its in-person pesticide applicator testing sessions through the end of the month.

“We’re working with public health officials and other state and federal agencies to monitor the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation,” said Secretary Naig. “The health of the public and our employees is our top priority so we are temporarily suspending in-person testing out of an abundance of caution.”

The affected in-person meetings were scheduled to take place between March 16th and 31st at the following locations:
March 16: Nevada
March 17: Everly, Mason City and Tama
March 18: Emmetsburg and Newton
March 23: Oskaloosa
March 24: Garner, Orange City and Waterloo
March 25: Altoona, Muscatine and Rock Rapids

Note: Area locations are in italic in above schedule.

Additional pesticide applicator certification testing sessions may be offered at partner locations later in the year. Visit for a list of alternate pesticide applicator certification testing dates and locations.
Story and image courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.