CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

  • ICYMI, Quality Magazine says orders for manufacturing technology were down 0.3 percent from September to October. Year-to-date figures were down 17.4 percent from the same period in 2014. The article says to expect a flat economy in 2016.
  • The Ames Tribune, in an editorial, has come to the conclusion that “potential risks outweigh benefits” for the Bakken oil pipeline.
  • Meanwhile, The Des Moines Register is citing an Iowa State University survey to report that Iowa farmland values dropped 3.9 percent this year to a statewide average of $7,633 per acre.
  • In other news, James Borel, the DuPont executive vice president who oversees Johnston-based Pioneer operations, plans to retire early next year, the Register On Friday, DuPont announced plans for a $130 billion merger with Michigan-based Dow Chemical.
  • And, in another case of ICYMI, Cedar Rapids TV station KGAN has a story on the Iowa Chamber Alliance setting a priority for wooing immigrants to the Corridor to address workforce shortage concerns.

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