CIRAS Digest: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

  • John Deere & Co. announced today that the company is laying off 865 Iowa workers – 300 in Ankeny and 565 in Waterloo. Decreased demand for agricultural equipment is cited as the reason in The Des Moines Register.
  • The Des Moines Register also has a report saying Iowans should fear the effects of climate change. Manufacturers would pay higher energy costs and yields for farmers will fall as much as 85 percent, according to the study from Risky Business Project. It’s a group led by, among others, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
  • Meanwhile, WHO-TV in Des Moines has a board member for Elevate Iowa telling a Grinnell job fair that the state faces a shortage of 7,000 manufacturing workers over the next three years. Alan Anselman, the board member, is also the plant manager at Lennox in Marshalltown.
  • And, in a completely unrelated note that we just thought was interesting, the Cedar Rapids Gazette has a story noting that 170 Iowa lottery retailers won a combined $1.57 million by playing the lottery between July 2013 and mid-November.

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