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Atlantic Fareway is participating in “Double Up Food Bucks”

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July 7th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Wellness Coordinator Brigham Hoegh reports that as of Monday (July 6th), the Fareway Store in Atlantic is participating in Double Up Food Bucks. Hoegh says “With this program, for every dollar customers using EBT cards spend on fresh fruits and vegetables, they receive another dollar to spend on fresh produce (up to $10/day).”

She adds “This is a great program which has been working well in other areas of the state, and it’s fantastic that we have it now available in Cass County. Fareway already does so much to address food needs in our community, this is just one more action worthy of recognition.”

Additional information on the program can be found below:

Double Up Food Bucks now available at 100+ grocery stores

Iowans facing food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to access free fruits and vegetables at more than 100 grocery stores statewide. This month, 106 Fareway stores, 13 Hy-Vee stores, plus additional food co-ops and farmers markets are joining the Double Up Food Bucks program.

The healthy food incentive program allows SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers to match purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables made with their EBT card, up to $10 per day, with Double Up Food Bucks which can be spent on additional fresh produce.

Double Up Food Bucks received $1 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to fund the grocery sector expansion. This funding was made possible through the leadership of Gov. Kim Reynolds in consultation with the Feeding Iowans Task Force, led by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, to expand access to nutritious food for Iowans in need.

  • Effective July 6, the program is available in all Fareway stores statewide
  • Effective July 20, the program is available in 13 select Hy-Vee stores
  • Double Up Food Bucks is also available at more than 20 farmers markets, farm stands and food co-ops across Iowa

Find a Double Up Food Bucks location

The CARES Act provides temporary relief funding and expires December 31, 2020. All new locations added with CARES Act funding will be considered temporary locations.

Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks provides a solution to give Iowans access to more healthy food and double their food assistance dollars while recovering from COVID-19. Learn more about how the Double Up Food Bucks program works in both farmers markets and grocery stores at DoubleUpIowa.org.

Local Posted County Prices 7/7/2020

Ag/Outdoor

July 7th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.08 Beans $8.42
Adair County: Corn $3.05 Beans $8.45
Adams County: Corn $3.05 Beans $8.41
Audubon County: Corn $3.07 Beans $8.44
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.11 Beans $8.42
Guthrie County: Corn $3.10 Beans $8.46
Montgomery County: Corn $3.10 Beans $8.44
Shelby County: Corn $3.11 Beans $8.42

Oats $2.66 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the area FSA Offices)

Promotion aims to help Iowa pork producers, restaurants

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Many Iowa pork producers are facing significant troubles due to the pandemic, as are many of Iowa’s restaurants, and a new promotion aims to help both groups. Kelsey Sutter, spokeswoman for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says they’re launching what’s being called the Iowa Pork Crawl Freestyle, encouraging Iowans to visit multiple eateries and order pork from the menu.

“You create your own crawl. You just need to do five — five restaurants and five pork entree’s,” Sutter says. “Then, simply document it with a picture of you and your entree, a selfie or have somebody else take it, and then share it on your favorite social media platform, either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.” Use the hashtag, “#iowaporkcrawl”. Those Iowans who respond quickly to the promotion will be rewarded.

Sutter says, “The first 25 people that get their crawl done will win a swag bag from us that will include our famous, ‘Pork, it’s what we smoke here’ t-shirt, a meat thermometer and $10 in pork cash.” The deadline to enter is August 30th. Once the crawl ends, there will also be a drawing for two grand prizes.

“One prize is a catered party for up to 20 guests or up to $500,” Sutter says. “You pick your favorite local caterer, you pick your date before the end of the year and Iowa pork foots the food bill.” The other grand prize is a Yeti Explorer Package, which includes a $300 Yeti cooler containing some Yeti products, $100 in pork cash and a $25 gas card.

Learn more at
www.iowapork.org/iowa-pork-crawl-rewards-customers-for-supporting-restaurants/

Clay County Fair cancels due to COVID-19

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The Clay County Fair, one of northwest Iowa’s biggest county fairs, is joining the list of casualties from coronavirus. The Clay County Fair Association says the decision was made amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After weeks of looking at various options, the fair decided it could not protect the health and safety of fairgoers, staff, and volunteers.

Despite the postponement of the fair, 4-H/FFA livestock competitions will be held this fall. The 2021 Clay County Fair will be held September 11th through the 19th.

Volunteers needed to glean leftover veggies from Iowa fields to feed the needy

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – A report finds up to ten-percent of food grown in Iowa is left in the field because it’s not visually attractive or can’t be sold, while more than 300-thousand Iowans can’t cover their basic food needs. Those facts are prompting an effort to find volunteers to glean surplus vegetables from Iowa’s fields to donate to the hungry. Nicki Ross, executive director of the Table to Table Food Rescue, says nutritious food is vital, now more than ever. “We need volunteer gleaners, folks who are willing to get out there and pick the food from the farm and prepare it to be delivered to people who need it,” Ross says. “We are also looking for farm partners. We know there are a lot of local farms, a lot of them are organic farms, who sell what they can and then leave the rest.”

That produce would otherwise go to waste. The Feeding Iowans Task Force also seeks AmeriCorps members and hunger relief organizations willing to be host sites to help in the effort to harvest food, fight hunger and build community. Gleaning leftover produce is not an easy job, but it’s rewarding. “If I know anything about Iowans, it’s that they’re hearty,” Ross says. “Getting out there and doing hot, maybe challenging work would appeal to some folks. Also, with so many things across the state cancelled, people are looking for things to do with their time.”

Potential volunteers, she says, would -not- be spending eight hours a day, toiling in the summer sun. “We will keep those gleaning operations to a few hours a piece with a few people at a time to make it as enjoyable of an experience as possible,” Ross says. “I think ultimately, folks know that they’re doing something that’s really valuable to their community and getting food to people who really need it.” Blueberries are already ripe and ready to be picked, while Ross says there’s a cornucopia of other veggies that need to be harvested now or very soon. “There’s all kinds of crops like green onions, kale, lettuces, kohlrabi and even broccoli is coming right up,” Ross says. “We’re watching this now and we expect in another month, we’re going to have even more things to glean from the fields, like tomatoes and zucchini and cucumbers, and of course, corn when it comes ripe.”

People who want to volunteer should send an email to the Iowa Gleaning Network at gleaniowa@table2table.org.

https://table2table.org/

Updated Adair County Fair Schedule

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Deena Wells with Adair County ISU Extension and Outreach in Greenfield, today (Wednesday), released an updated schedule for the Adair County Fair, which takes place July 11-19. 2020 Adair Co Fair Schedule – Brenda As mentioned before, Wells says this year, the Adair County Fair will not be normal. Even so, she says they are working hard to provide a good experience for 4-H and FFA youth to showcase their hard work.

Due to CDC regulations and restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, fair staff are not able to take individual photos for each show. Staff, volunteers and show superintendents will be stretched to capacity and focused on keeping a safe environment for all events. Wells says “We will be taking candid shots of each show and candid photos of static exhibits being judged. We will also take State Fair Selection group photos of projects. We will provide Fair Results for each show the week of July 20th.” The photo banner will be hung during fair so families can take their own photos.

Wells says “Our mission for this county fair is to focus on what youth have learned, skills they have gained, and what life lessons they have experienced. It is not necessarily about the competitions or rewards.” The fair schedule is subject to change, so be sure and follow their posts on the Facebook page, “Adair County ISU Extension”.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 1st, 2020 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .58″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .64″
  • Massena  .65″
  • Anita  1.2″
  • Audubon  .59″
  • Avoca  1.1″
  • Oakland  .7″
  • Red Oak  1.6″
  • Corning  .53″
  • Bridgewater  .6″
  • Villisca  1.5″
  • Missouri Valley  .9″
  • Manning  .29″
  • Irwin  .72″
  • Carroll  .23″
  • Creston  .42″
  • Clarinda  .68″
  • Shenandoah  .8″

Cass County Extension Report 7-1-2020

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July 1st, 2020 by Jim Field

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Gov. Reynolds signed legislation into law to lower taxes on renewable fuels

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June 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – Today (Tuesday), Iowa Gov. Reynolds signed Senate File 2403, legislation that will lower the cost of E-15 and higher blends of renewable fuels in Iowa by changing how the state taxes higher-blend biofuels. The governor signed the bill during her weekly press conference at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Steamboat Rock. “Iowa continues to lead on innovative ways to drive demand for biofuels,” said Gov. Reynolds. “This legislation makes higher blend biofuels even cheaper at the pump while driving demand for homegrown renewable fuel.”

The governor also announced an additional $7 million in funding, through the federal CARES act, for the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. This state program offers cost-share dollars to fuel retailers who install or convert their equipment to allow the expanded use of renewable fuels in Iowa.  Yesterday, Governor Reynolds joined a bipartisan group of governors from Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, calling on EPA Administrator Wheeler to reject the excessive number of retroactive small refinery exemptions to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The law exists for a reason and we need the EPA to stand by it.

2020 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion cancelled

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June 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – For the first time in 69 years, there will not be a Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant. The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers board of directors  has decided to cancel the event, held for five days every year, always ending on Labor Day. The Reunion draws thousands of people from all over the United States and around the world. Terry McWilliams, the C-E-O and administrator, says the health implications of holding the Reunion could have had a far reaching impact. “The safety and the health and the well-being of our visitors, our volunteers — all of that played a key factor in making this decision,” McWilliams says. “We waited as long as we could…Every day things changed — the loss of key volunteers, the loss of community civic groups doing their support because people are scared — and that has an impact.”

McWilliams says expense estimates were going up and up every day as they navigated through necessary health precautions they’d have to take to hold the event. Plans are now focused the 2021 Old Threshers Reunion.