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Ahead of the caucus in Iowa, for many parents child care expense is top of mind

by Samantha Fields Feb 3, 2020
A quarter of Iowans live in a child care desert, and many more struggle to find affordable, quality child care for their kids.
For the last few months, Ginny Downs has been going to work with her mother every day. When she starts day care, likely soon, it'll cost more than her parents' mortgage.
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Trade showdown

Tariff land: How farmers in Iowa are dealing with the trade war

by Daisy Palacios and Kai Ryssdal Dec 12, 2019
China was the United States’ biggest customer of soybeans, but the trade war changed that.
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Trade showdown

Iowa farmers' trade war reality

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 24, 2018
China and Canada were once two of the state's best customers. Iowa's agriculture secretary has some ideas about what to do next.
Corn grows on a farm near Tipton, Iowa.
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In a U.S.-China trade dispute, Iowa farmers may be the bargaining chips

by Marketplace Staff Apr 5, 2018
With the announced Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports, things are looking pretty tough if you’re a farmer, and more so if you’re a farmer in Iowa. Five of the state’s central agriculture products — soybeans, corn, ethanol, beef and pork…

Reinventing the rural health care system

by Danielle Chiriguayo Feb 2, 2018
A new report outlines the challenges the health care system in rural communities faces.
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Bills in two states push to eliminate tenure

by Jed Kim Jan 27, 2017
Missouri's would stop tenure for new hires starting next year. Iowa's would revoke tenure for all professors.
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Final Note

Jeb Bush spent $2,800 per vote in Iowa and came in 6th

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 2, 2016
He outspent all the other GOP candidates in Iowa, but only brought in about 5000 votes
Jeb Bush addresses an audience of supporters on January 29, 2016 in Sioux City, Iowa.
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Iowa farm the latest to suffer bird flu's toll

by Annie Baxter Apr 21, 2015
Up to about 5 million hens will have be euthanized due to the outbreak.

Outside groups launch ground game in Iowa

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 28, 2014
In Iowa, in addition to blizzards of TV ads, outside groups are knocking on doors.

Apps, fancy combines, and big money: The future of farming is now

by Molly Wood Nov 5, 2013
Farmers in Iowa are using technology to improve their crops -- and their bottom lines.
Ben Albright on his farm in Lytton, Iowa.
Stacey Vanek Smith