CIRAS Digest: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

  • The Fort Dodge Messenger would like to remind you that Iowa still leads the nation in corn production. The U.S. grew 14.2 billion bushels last year; 2.4 billion were from here.
  • This just in: There’s a skilled worker shortage in Minnesota, too. So says Jay Timmons, chief executive of the National Association of Manufacturers, in a speech to an economic group that was covered by the Paul Pioneer Press.
  • Rembrandt Enterprises Inc. of Spirit Lake is looking to add roughly 200 jobs as part of a new $92 million egg-processing plant near Thompson, according to the Mason City Globe Gazette. The project received some tax incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority earlier this week.
  • Manufacturing orders rose sharply in Germany in December, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Meanwhile, Barons cites an index in Mexico to say manufacturing there is the strongest it’s been since December 2012.
  • And lastly, a vacation planning alert: Word comes via the Iowa Republican that seven potential presidential candidates have agreed to attend the first annual Iowa Agriculture Summit, now scheduled for March 7 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The guest list: Bush, Huckabee, Perry, Rubio, Santorum, Walker and Trump.

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