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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.

Daines part of Senators who propose to boost stockpiles, production of ‘critical minerals’

By: - June 17, 2022

China’s stranglehold on the production of certain minerals that are used to make high-capacity batteries, fighter jet airframes and a host of other advanced technologies is a threat to the United States’ national security, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday. Her solution is new legislation — introduced with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and co-sponsored […]

Vilsack highlights ‘mass timber’ to use small trees cut for wildfire prevention

By: - June 7, 2022

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The federal government plans to remove kindling from about 75 million acres of land in the next decade — which includes thinning smaller-diameter trees from forests — to help prevent wildfires that have become more frequent and destructive in the western states. That presents a problem: “What do you do […]

Biden pledges more support for farmers, ‘the backbone of freedom’

By: - May 17, 2022

At an Illinois farm last week, President Joe Biden announced federal assistance to alleviate costs for farmers and consumers and ensure there is enough food to meet world demand as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Biden said he will double the recently announced federal funding to boost domestic fertilizer production. He also pledged to extend […]

Meatpackers deny price fixing for beef

By: - April 28, 2022

The record profits for meatpackers in the past two years were the result of market conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, along with increased consumer demand, according to leaders of the country’s four large meatpacking companies. The meatpacking executives defended their business practices during a lengthy congressional committee hearing on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia, […]

Senate begins working on ways to help smaller cattle producers

By: - April 26, 2022

Some federal lawmakers hope to boost the solvency of smaller cattle producers by giving them more information about current market prices, more options for selling their animals and increased federal oversight of the industry. The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry began its consideration of two bills on Tuesday meant to further those […]

Fluctuating grain prices cause co-ops to limit buying

By: - March 8, 2022

A highly volatile commodities market caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine has prompted some farmer cooperatives to suspend their cash bids to buy grain from producers. Landus Cooperative, the largest agriculture co-op in Iowa, announced Friday it would cease its cash grain bids at 1 p.m. that day because of “increased market risk & volatility […]

USDA warns farmers about even higher fertilizer prices after Russian invasion

By: - February 24, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine this week might drive up the costs of farm fertilizers globally — which nearly quadrupled last year in price in the United States and remain high — and presents an opportunity for unscrupulous companies to artificially inflate those prices further, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “That’s my […]

USDA pledges $1B for ‘climate smart’ ag products

By: - February 8, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend up to $1 billion to foster the creation of climate-friendly agricultural and forestry products by offering grants to facilitate their production and the markets to sell them. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon in those industries. “Agriculture is such an exciting but […]

Report: COVID cases, deaths at packing plants were triple previous counts

By: - October 28, 2021

The numbers of meatpacking workers infected and killed by the coronavirus are much higher than previously known, a congressional review has found. More than 59,000 workers of the country’s five largest meatpackers were infected, and about 270 died, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that was made public […]