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Calling All Bird Dogs for Iowa Pheasants Forever’s Fall Fun Trial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pheasants Forever News   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:46

Pointers and flushers welcome in two divisions for September 25th event to "Reload Iowa"

Riverside, Iowa – August 15, 2011- Calling all bird dogs and their owners! Pheasants Forever is hosting a Fall Fun Trail on Sunday, September 25th at Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa. The trial is open to pointing and flushing breeds, with all proceeds going to Pheasants Forever's Reload Iowa effort to improve wildlife habitat and carry on Iowa's upland hunting tradition.

Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial will include a singles (one hunter and one dog) and doubles (two hunters and one dog) division. In the singles division, hunter and dog will have 15 minutes to score on three quail, and in the doubles division, hunters and dog will have 20 minutes to score on five quail. The event is limited to the first 50 entries, and individuals and teams may enter multiple times. Prizes will be awarded for the first place winner in each division.

"The success of our Spring Fun Trial demonstrated how passionate hunters are about conservation,” said Tom Fuller, Pheasants Forever's Regional Representative in eastern Iowa, "There is no other group more involved with hunting and conservation than bird dog owners, so this initiative is a perfect fit for them to be involved with.” One hundred percent of proceeds from Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial will go to the Reload Iowa effort, which is Pheasants Forever's aggressive strategy for establishing and improving 1 million acres of wildlife habitat, increasing the number of upland hunters and increasing hunting-related revenue to local communities.

The singles event is $30 per run and the doubles event is $50 per run. Clay shooting (5 stand) will be available between runs for $10. Lunch will also be available. Visit Highland Hideaway Hunting for directions. For more information about Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial, including full rules, contact Tom at (319) 321-9775Email Tom.

Iowa is home to 101 Pheasants Forever chapters, 2 Quail Forever chapters and more than 20,000 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members. For more information on "The Habitat Organization" in Iowa, visit Iowa Pheasants Forever.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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Prodigious Pumpkin Squashes Competition at State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:44

DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2011)(readMedia)-- The giant pumpkin grown by Dan Carlson and Marc Peterson of Clinton tipped the scales at 1,295 pounds to claim the top spot and a $1,300 prize in the Big Pumpkin Contest judged Friday at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Steve Krug of Amana took second place and $750 with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,163 pounds. While growing large pumpkins for over a decade, this was Krug's first State Fair competition.

Don Young of Des Moines captured third place and $550 with a pumpkin weighing 1,024 pounds.

Fourth place and $350 was won by 78-year-old first-time entrant Teresa Beck of Onawa for her 970 pound pumpkin.

Complete results below:

1) Dan Carlson and Marc Peterson, Clinton; 1,295 pounds

2) Steve Krug, Amana; 1,163 pounds

3) Don Young, Des Moines; 1,024 pounds

4) Teresa Beck, Onawa; 970 pounds

5) John Shepherd, Charlotte, 800 pounds

6) Michael Otto, Newtown, Mo., 727 pounds

7) Patrick Beck, Onawa, 716 pounds

8) Martin Schnicker, Mt. Pleasant, 510 pounds

9) Joe Cristoforo, Mt. Pleasant, 375 pounds

10) Doug Smith, Mt. Pleasant, 247 pounds

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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President Obama to Travel to Illinois, Third Day of Three-Day Economic Bus Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:43

WASHINGTON, August 12 – On Wednesday, August 17th, the President will travel to Illinois, the third day of his three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest.  The President will host town halls in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois before returning to Washington.  Air Force One will depart from the Air National Guard Base in Peoria, Illinois.  The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.

While in the Midwest, the President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including small business owners, local families, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation’s future and enhance the sense of optimism for future generations.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Atkinson, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Alpha, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the Air Force One departure from Air National Guard Base should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Atkinson, IL

Wyffels Hybrids Inc.

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235

 

Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 740 East Henry Street

Media Pre-set Time: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 9:30 a.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT

Event Begins: 11:30 a.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 60 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534

 

Ticket Distribution Information:

Members of the general public: The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are required and will be available at the following ticket distribution location beginning at 8:00 AM CDT, on Monday, August 15, 2011.  Tickets will be limited to two per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Wyffels Hybrids Inc

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235

 

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Alpha, IL

Country Corner Farm Market

5333 U.S. Highway 150

Alpha, IL 61413

 

Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 5333 U.S. Highway 150

Media Pre-set Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 1:30 p.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 2:30 p.m. CDT

Event Begins: 3:30 p.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 45 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Kristina Broadie,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 202-503-5551.

 

Air Force One Departure

Air National Guard Base  
2416 S. Falcon Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61607

The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.


Media parking: Media will be directed on site. Media must present a valid drivers license upon entry to the base 

Live truck parking: Directed on site  

Media Pre-set: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site. Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT)

Sweep: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Media Access: 5:00 p.m. CDT 
Final Access: 5:30 p.m. CDT

Cable run: 250 feet 
Throw: 200 feet 

Air Force One Departure: 6:45 p.m. CDT 

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534

 

 

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President Obama to Travel to Iowa on Three-Day Economic Bus Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:41

WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011– On Monday August 15th, the President will travel to Iowa on his three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest.  The President will host a town hall event in Decorah, IA at Seed Savers Exchange.  Tuesday, August 16th, he will travel to Peosta, IA for a Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College.  The economic bus tour will also feature events in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois on Wednesday, August 17 before the President returns to Washington.

 

While in the Midwest, the President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including small business owners, local families, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation’s future and enhance the sense of optimism for future generations.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s town hall in Decorah, Iowa should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

 

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION

Monday, August 15, 2011

 

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Decorah, IA

 

Seed Savers Exchange
3074 North Winn Road
Decorah, IA 52101

Pre-set: 11:30am- 12:30 pm CDT (Media will not have access to their equipment from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) 

Sweep: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT

Press Access: 3:00 pm CDT 

Final Press access: 4:00 pm

Program begins: 5:15 pm

Cable run: 300 feet

Throw: 60 ft

Media Parking: Enter at the visitor's center entrance. From there you will be directed on site.

Sat truck parking: directed on site. Trucks will be subject to security screening and will not be accessible between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the sweep.


Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Meki Bracken, 202-757-9678

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 

Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta Campus
10250 Sundown Rd. 
Peosta, IA 52068

The event will be held in the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) building.

Media Pre-set: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. CDT (ALL Equipment must be dropped at the site by 7:00 a.m.; media will not have access to the site from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CDT). 

Media Access: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CDT (All media must arrive by 11:00 a.m. Media who arrive late will NOT have access to cover the event.) 

Throw: 40 ft.  
Cable Run: 1000 ft. 

Live Truck Parking: Live trucks will park in the West Parking Lot outside of the NECAS building off Sundown Rd, and must be on site and cabled in by 7:00 a.m. CDT. Media should plan to bring cable ramps. Trucks will be subject to security screening and will not be accessible between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. during the sweep.  

**Media Check In: Parking will be directed on site.  

Media Entrance: During pre-set, media will be able to drive up next to the site to drop heavy equipment.  After pre-set, all media must park in the South Parking Lot off Sundown Road.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Stephanie Temaat at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 785-766-4483.

 

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Q&A: Exports and Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:39

Q:        Why is it important for the United States to pursue international trade agreements?      

A:        International trade opens new markets for U.S. products and supports good-paying jobs in the United States.  Likewise, international trade presents goods and services to U.S. employers and consumers that fuel commerce and choice.      

Pursing new export markets should be a major part of America’s economic recovery effort.  Jobs in the United States that are linked to international trade pay, on average, 15 percent more than the national average.  While the United States stands by, other countries are enacting trade agreements for market share that easily could belong to U.S. producers.      

Q:        What is being done to expand export opportunities for U.S. goods and services?      

A:        Most recently, I’ve pushed for the enactment of new trade agreements, like the long-pending agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama, to present new opportunities for U.S. farmers, manufacturers, and the services industry, including energy, financial and insurance firms.      

At this point, Congress is waiting for a chance to vote for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.  These agreements have been ready for consideration since 2007, when the Bush administration resolved issues of concern with congressional Democrats in 2007.  Even so, in 2007 and 2008, Democratic leaders did not bring up the agreements for a vote.  And, in 2009, the Obama administration raised new issues that further delayed action on the agreements.  This year, it’s all but settled that Congress will, at long last, have an opportunity to vote on these agreements without tying them to other issues.      

Q:        What are the stakes for workers when trade initiatives are sidelined?         

A:        Manufacturers, financial services providers and farmers in Iowa and all over the country are always looking for new markets to increase their operations, whether those customers are in the United States or halfway around the world.      

Right now, U.S.-Colombia trade is a one-way street.  More than 99 percent of Colombian agricultural exports enter the U.S. market duty-free.   No U.S. agricultural products have duty-free access to the Colombian market. In the United States, Iowa produces more corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs than any other state.  Tariffs on some U.S. soybean exports to Colombia can be as high as 150 percent. Tariffs can be as high as 195 percent on some corn products.  Under the trade agreement, these tariffs would go to zero.      

U.S. producers estimate that the Korea trade agreement, once fully implemented, could increase U.S. agricultural exports to Korea by $1.9 billion. Korea is expected to absorb five percent of total U.S. pork production.  Panama currently has a 30 percent tariff on U.S. beef and tariffs of up to 40 percent on imports of U.S. corn.  Both of these tariffs would go to zero under the trade agreement.      

Separately, the U.S. insurance and financial services industry, including companies in Iowa, says Korea represents the largest insurance market yet included in a U.S. free trade agreement and presents enormous opportunities for domestic job growth.      

Behind all of these numbers are workers in Iowa and across the country who are equipped to feed and serve even more of the world than they already do if given the chance.     

Friday, August 12, 2011

 
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