CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

  • First the chicken news: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack estimates that “producers hit by avian influenza could begin bringing birds back into facilities by fall.” This according to a Des Moines Register story that was posted this morning.
  • Next, the numbers: Reuters was one of many news agencies to report a seven-month low in American home sales and an over-all stabilization of U.S. manufacturing.
  • Reshoring update: The Boston Globe had a story over the weekend on a robot manufacturer that brought its production back from India. According to the story, roughly 350 U.S. companies have brought nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs back home over the past five years.
  • On Sunday, The Des Moines Register had an opinion piece from a Vermeer Corp. executive urging “a better balance” in how the EPA handles new ozone regulations. The article worries that now-being-pondered restrictions could make Iowa businesses less competitive: “Although Vermeer and Marion County would not be directly impacted under enactment of such a standard threshold level at current emission levels, the brunt of it will be felt on the manufacturing industry and ripples will be sent throughout Iowa’s economy.”
  • The Cedar Rapids Gazette cites a 25 percent increase in the number of work permits issued for 14- and 15-year-old Iowans between 2011 and 2013.
  • Just for the sake of the joke: The Colorado Springs Gazette has a story on a new business trying to get people higher. It’s a rocket manufacturing and testing lab in Pueblo. (See what we did there?)

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