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Iowa Feed Mills: Concentration/Distribution

10/19/2017

Although Iowa is known especially for corn and soybeans, we know that the volume of animal agriculture in Iowa drives demand for these oil seeds and grains.

Week of October 16 fuel and energy price update

10/18/2017

As of Tuesday, October 17th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.41 across Iowa according to AAA. This is the same price as last week and $.21 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.46, down $.02 from last week’s price.

Study: Iowa ranks well in terms of 'functionally obsolete' bridges

10/18/2017

While nationwide reports have often placed Iowa near the top of the list when it comes to the most structurally deficient bridges, a new report released this month by InsuranceQuotes finds Iowa ranks particularly well in a different category — functionally obsolete bridges.

Five rural counties to be targeted in an effort to reduce accidents

10/17/2017

The Governor’s Safety Traffic Bureau has identified five Iowa counties it wants to target to try and cut an increase in traffic accidents during the past year. Carroll, Marshall, Benton, Muscatine and Plymouth County are part of the project known as the “High Five Rural Traffic Safety Program.”

Iowa DOT prepares for winter weather

10/16/2017

The Iowa DOT is strategically making the switch from construction maintenance activities to preparing our equipment, materials, and staffing for the needs of the winter travel season. The department’s 102 maintenance garages employ 961 equipment operators, mechanics, and supervisors to keep the agency's 902 trucks, 45 motor graders, 22 tow plows and 11 heavy-duty, self-propelled snowblowers on the road during a winter weather event.

Proposed improvements of I-35/80/235 interchange in Polk County to be discussed Oct. 26 in Des Moines

10/16/2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, Oct. 26, to discuss the proposed improvements of Interstate 35/80/235 interchange in Polk County.

Rail disrupts grain transport

10/16/2017

Grain handlers have become frustrated by rail disruption during critical transport period.

Panama’s gains contrast U.S. woes in infrastructure

10/16/2017

A recent Wall Street Journal article on Panama Canal upgrades caught my eye because it provided a crystal clear example of why infrastructure improvements are so crucial to the future competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.

Iowa DOT offering $2.6 million "Linking Iowa's Freight Transportation" (LIFTS) grants

10/12/2017

The Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation program (LIFTS) is a $2.6 million grant funding opportunity to improve Iowa’s multimodal freight transportation system.

Totally driverless cars could be allowed on California roads by June 2018

10/12/2017

Driverless cars — with nobody behind the wheel — could be on California roads and highways by June 2018.

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