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Jared Strong

Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

U.S. Senate candidates differ on how to support family farming

By: - October 27, 2022

Family farms are essential to the economies of rural Iowa, both of the state’s candidates for the U.S. Senate agree, but they differ on how to ensure the farms’ long-term viability. Longtime U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, said a strong federal safety net for farmers and trade policies that benefit their exported products are […]

USDA announces another $759 million of grants and loans for rural internet

By: - October 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants and loans that total about $759 million to 49 high-speed internet projects in 24 states and in other territories, the department announced Thursday. The total includes about $5.6 million for two projects in Iowa. The federal funding is part of the department’s ReConnect Program and is partially […]

Aerial view of a combine harvesting soybeans

Northern Iowa specialty soybean dealer files for bankruptcy

By: - October 26, 2022

A Kanawha company that specializes in organic and non-genetically modified soybeans filed this week for bankruptcy, about three weeks after the state suspended its grain licenses. Global Processing Inc. estimates that it owes more than 150 people, banks and others a total of between $10 million and $50 million, according to its bankruptcy petition that […]

After weeks of decline, Iowa’s COVID infection rate increases

By: - October 26, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate increased for the first time in more than a month, according to a Wednesday report by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. The state reported 1,915 new confirmed cases for the past week among those who have not been previously infected by the coronavirus. That’s a 27% increase […]

Cattle operation fined for stockpiling manure, contaminating creek

By: - October 25, 2022

A central Iowa cattle confinement stockpiled manure outside that was repeatedly washed by rain into a nearby creek over the course of about a year, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. PSL Cattle began operating southeast of Grinnell in 2017 with a total capacity of about 1,900 cattle, DNR records show. In November […]

Corn harvest is nearly two-thirds complete

By: - October 24, 2022

Iowa farmers had harvested about 59% of corn and 88% of soybeans as of Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is well ahead of the five-year average for both crops. There has been ample time to harvest this season because of a lack of rainfall. “Soybean harvest is beginning to wrap up […]

First-time candidate seeks to unseat GOP freshman in Iowa’s 4th District

By: - October 24, 2022

The Republican congressman who unseated Steve King in the last election cycle faces a challenge next month from a Nevada Democrat who had little ambition for public office but couldn’t abide the incumbent going unopposed. “By the time we got to January of this year, it was clear that there was not going to be […]

Iowa’s drought nears worst in 9 years

By: - October 21, 2022

The state’s drought continues to worsen amid dismal rainfall and is now the worst it’s been in more than two years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. If deteriorating conditions continue at the recent pace, by next week the drought will be its worst since 2013. About 84% of the state is experiencing some measure […]

Iowa egg processor to expand 50% with federal help

By: - October 21, 2022

PANORA, Iowa — A central Iowa egg processor will expand its output by 50% with help from a new federal program that backs loans for those expansions. Nutriom, of Panora, turns the equivalent of about 24 million eggs each year into a powder that can later be combined with water and heated to create food […]

Infectious bird flu detected in Dallas County backyard flock

By: - October 20, 2022

A mixed flock of 48 backyard birds in Dallas County recently contracted a deadly and highly transmissible avian influenza, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. It is the first detected infection among Iowa’s domestic bird flocks since early May, although the virus was found in five hunted and dead wild […]

Summit withdraws motion for immediate action against landowner

By: - October 20, 2022

A company that wants to build a sprawling liquid carbon dioxide pipeline has withdrawn its court request for immediate access to private property in northern Iowa for a land survey, according to court records. A hearing to consider Summit Carbon Solutions’ request for a temporary injunction against Hardin County landowner Kent Kasischke was set for […]

No Iowa counties have ‘high’ COVID risk as spread continues to wane

By: - October 19, 2022

Iowa’s COVID-19 infection rate is about half what it was a month ago as the number of documented cases continues to wane, according to state data. On Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,508 new, confirmed cases in the past week among those with no known previous infection. That’s a 12% […]