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Thursday Afternoon News, August 6th


Iowa State University To Host Land Value Lease Meetings

(Le Mars) — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a series of meetings during the month of August focusing on land lease agreements and the value of land. Gary Wright serves as the Farm Management Specialist for northwest Iowa. He says nearly half of the Iowa farmland is on a lease.

Wright says most land-lease agreements begin on September 1st for the following crop year. The I-S-U farm management specialist says there often is not a direct correlation between land sales and land lease agreements.
Wright says the trend for leasing farmland has increased slightly over the past couple of years.

Wright says property owners, and farmers interested in leasing ground, are asking about the trends for the upcoming year. The farm management specialist says the vast majority of Iowa farmland that is leased, is set up on a cash per acre basis, rather than a crop-share basis.

Upcoming meetings include today (Thursday) at 5:00 p.m. at the Cherokee County Extension Office at Cherokee. Next Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m the Land Lease meeting will be at Le Mars at the Plymouth County Extension Office. Friday, August 13th, there will be two regional meetings. The first will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Buena Vista County Extension office in Storm
Lake, then at 2:00 p.m. Iowa State University officials will hold a land-lease meeting at the Woodbury County Extension Office in Sioux City. Wright says pre-registration is preferred. He says space distancing will be followed, and face masks are suggested.




Reynolds Features School Officials That Urge In-Person Classes

(Des Moines) — Governor Reynolds invited school officials from the Cardinal School District to attend today’s news conference. Cardinal School is a rural based school located in Wapello county in southeast Iowa. The superintendent, and a teacher appeared in person with Governor Reynolds, while a parent from the school district appeared on-line. All three individuals echoed Reynolds’ point to have students begin school with in-
person classrooms. Joel Pedersen is the superintendent for Cardinal Schools for the past eleven years, and was last year’s “Iowa’s School Superintendent of the Year.” Pedersen says 59 percent of the students qualify for reduced costs for school meals. He says the students need to be back in school for a variety of reasons.

Bethany Short teaches students with social and emotional problems at Cardinal School. She says she is anxious to see her students again.

Short says she has spoken with all the parents of her students and they are supportive of the idea of having their children attend in-person classes.
Ellis Coatfield is a parent of two students within the Cardinal School District, a six-year old ready to attend first grade, and a three-year old who will be in pre-school. Coatfield says he understands why school was called off last March.

Coatfield says his son certainly needed the additional time in school that was lost due to the virus pandemic.

Coatfield says he will be sending his children back to school, and believes they will be safe.

All three said they will need to remain flexible as they anticipate changes to occur as the school year progresses.




Education Director Says Schools Will Receive PPE’s

(Des Moines) — During Thursday’s governor’s news conference, Iowa Department of Education Director, Ann Lebo informed the media the state’s education department is working with other state agencies to insure each school district will be properly equipped with personal protection equipment (PPE’s)
for the start of school.

As for on-line education opportunities, Lebo announced schools will be reimbursed for expenses associated with software programs, and other criteria to successfully coordinate broadband internet on-line learning.

Lebo says schools will be given more flexibility this year in terms of how they utilize federal funding, and she publicly thanked school nurses for their dedication and assistance with managing the pandemic with school districts.

Governor Reynolds was asked why teachers who become exposed to the virus, but don’t show any symptoms of the virus, are encouraged to continue to teach at the schools, while students may be asked to be in quarantine for 14 days?
Reynolds responded by saying teachers are considered to be essential workers.
She then relayed the question to Caitlin Pedati, the State Medical Doctor.

Reynolds says essential workers can return to work, providing additional preventative measures have been implemented.