President Obama stopped in Oskaloosa during a three day campaign tour of Iowa today. The president spoke to a crowd of more than 800 at the Nelson Pioneer Farm about a wide range of issues, including the Affordable Care Act, wind power, and the economy.
The corn and soybeans are suffering from the drought, but not as bad as the pastures and grasslands. 86% of Iowa's pastures are rated poor to very poor. That means that livestock like cows are struggling to find food and farmers are struggling to harvest good hay. As a result, the USDA has opened up conservation reserve land for hay harvest and cattle grazing. Click here for more and to watch a video.
Mahaska County 4-H gets kids involved in many things to develop life skills that stick with them for the rest of their lives. One of those skills is communication. Oskaloosa's Rotary Club got to see the 4-H communication kids in action this week. Members presented exhibits that will be traveling to the state fair this weekend.
The USDA reports that three quarters of Iowa's corn and soybeans are rated less than good. CRI Ag reporter Jon Hoffmann sat down with area Iowa State University Field Agronomist Mark Carlton to talk about the recent rain and the drought. Click here to watch the full interview.
The State's gender balance law became an issue again at this week's Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Meeting. The supervisors talked about replacing Joe Warrick -- who was appointed in May to the Regional Airport Board -- with former candidate Margaret Ratcliff. This change would satisfy Iowa's Gender Balance Law making the board balanced with three males and three females. Click here for more.