Top News & Analysis Iowa

  • CHICAGO, Jan 17- The U.S. Dairy Export Council on Tuesday named former U.S. Vilsack, 66, served as head of the U.S. Agriculture Department for eight years and before that was governor of Iowa. Vilsack, who said he and his agency were tasked by the White House to provide "as smooth as possible" a transition to the new administration, said he did not know why Trump has taken so...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 17- U.S. soybean futures rose more than 2 percent on Tuesday, touching a six-month high on worries about excessive rains in Argentina crimping production prospects, analysts said. As of 12:17 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans were up 23-3/ 4 cents at $10.70 per bushel after reaching $10.75-1/ 2, the highest for a most-active contract since...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— In a story Jan. 11 about the U.S. exporting eggs to South Korea, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of food market analyst firm Urner Barry and its protein market analyst Brian Moscogiuri. South Korea is suffering from a shortage of eggs due to bird flu and has finalized agreements to accept imported fresh eggs from United States.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— She may not be working in the White House, but that doesn't mean Ivanka Trump is staying out of politics. Although she has said she will have no official role in her father's administration, Ivanka Trump has been quietly laying the groundwork for an effort that could make her perhaps the best-connected policy advocate in Washington.

  • NEW YORK— Moody's Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Moody's— along with the other two major rating agencies, Standard& Poor's and Fitch— were widely criticized for giving low-risk ratings to the risky mortgage...

  • West Des Moines- based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in chocolate coating has the potential for contamination and the candy's manufacturer, Palmer Candy Co., announced a recall of some of its products. It includes chocolate almond bark, chocolate almond pretzels, dazzled peanut brittle, holiday candy trays and others fully listed on the FDA recall...

  • WASHINGTON— Secretary Tom Vilsack left the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and before President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his replacement. Vilsack, who has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary, told employees in an email that Friday is his final day. Pat Roberts, the Republican...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's Republican-led and largely oil-friendly Legislature is quickly introducing a raft of bills spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement, from restricting face coverings at protests to requiring the state to sue the federal government as a means of recouping millions in policing costs.

  • The report, the first of its kind from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine the actual impact of ethanol, said the biofuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent relative to gasoline, significantly more than the 21 percent estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010.. The analysis, prepared for USDA by Washington consultancy ICF...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- The U.S. government on Thursday said that ethanol is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country's biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some in the industry concerned. The analysis puts the emissions benefits at the high end of those outlined by the U.S. Department of Energy and...

  • The secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not approve or reject the merger but will face the issue of industry consolidation. How Trump responds on those issues- and who he picks to lead the USDA- could determine whether he is able to maintain the strong rural support he demonstrated in the Nov. 8 election. Trump has also met with Elsa Murano,...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Ivanka Trump plans to step aside from her executive roles at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, but says she is confident both businesses will continue to "thrive." In a post on her Facebook page Wednesday, Ivanka Trump said she would take a "formal leave of absence" from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs, marking the first time the Asian country has sought to buy large quantities of fresh U.S. eggs. The agreement to export shell eggs was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which kept prices from sliding further, according to Urner...

  • PIERRE, S.D.— Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to begin collecting state and local sales taxes on purchases in South Dakota, Gov. The news follows recent moves by Amazon in Utah, Iowa and Nebraska as more states push to collect taxes on Internet purchases. "Their decision to collect sales tax doesn't solve the sales tax issue for online purchases, but it's a big...

  • Investigators say Tipton and his associates used that knowledge to buy winning tickets worth millions of dollars in Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Kansas and Iowa between 2005 and 2011.. Tipton's friend, Texas businessman Robert Rhodes, pleaded guilty Monday to his role in unsuccessfully trying to claim a $14.5 million Hot Lotto ticket that Tipton bought in...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million— an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year. Jeff Delzer, R- Underwood, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. A large encampment in southern North Dakota...

  • SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa— Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis- based company's Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, South Dakota, plants. The company decided that its Indian Motorcycle brand has better growth prospects, Polaris CEO...

  • It's the latest development in a saga that has played out over the past half-year, with months of protests in southern North Dakota and two separate but related court battles in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.. Being developed by Energy Transfer Partners, the project will transport North Dakota oil 1,200 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 6- U.S. soybean export sales slid to their lowest in the current marketing year last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, fueling concerns among analysts and traders that formerly sizzling demand is cooling down. Exporters in the week ended Dec. 29 struck deals to sell 87,500 tonnes of U.S. soybeans for delivery in the 2016/ 2017...

  • WASHINGTON— Putting pressure on Republicans, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to publicly support repealing "Obamacare" if Republicans come up with something better, but cast doubt on the GOP's ability to develop a viable alternative. As Republicans prepare to gut his biggest legislative achievement, Obama implored his opponents not to pursue a...