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DES MOINES -- Iowa had the second highest growth in per capita personal income in the nation last year, prompting Gov. Tom Vilsack to say that it's proof economic development programs are working.

Per capita personal income, or total income for Iowa divided by the number of residents, grew 7.8 percent in Iowa, far above the national average increase of 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Iowa's per capita income last year rose to $30,560, up from $28,340 the year before. Iowa ranked 31st in the nation last year, up from 36th the year before.

Iowa's growth was surpassed only by North Dakota, which saw 8.6 percent growth. South Dakota's personal income growth was third fastest at 6.9 percent.

Agreement protects Upper Iowa River land

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KENDALLVILLE, Iowa -- A voluntary land use agreement now permanently protects more than half a mile of scenic shoreline along both sides of the Upper Iowa River.

The site is located along the most canoed section of the river, about two miles downstream of Kendallville.

The agreement was made between Coldwater Creek Farms LLC, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It preserves 312 acres along both banks of the river in Winneshiek County.

Under the terms of the agreement Coldwater Creek Farms retains ownership of the property. They relinquish all future rights for development, mining or other incompatible activities while retaining rights to farm the land.

Iowa farmers aware of soybean rust

AMES, Iowa -- The National Agricultural Statistics Service annual survey indicates that 94 percent Iowa farmers who intend to plant soybeans are aware of Asian soybean rust.

The survey results also indicate that 87 percent of all Iowa farmers are aware of the disease.

Greg Tylka, coordinator of the Iowa State University Corn and Soybean Initiative, says the survey indicates that the Iowa Soybean Rust Team is meeting its goal to keep farmers informed.

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"We've been planning for soybean rust for more than two years,'' he said. "During that time we developed a system to detect its movement into the state and we're also providing research-based risk assessments and information on how to manage the disease.''

People who make donations will be named

DES MOINES -- The Iowa State University Foundation has decide to name the names of people making donations.

A new policy making those name public beginning May 1 was adopted by the foundation's board of directors last week and released on Monday.

The change follows a Feb. 4 ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that said the foundation is performing a government function and must disclose its records.

"The new policy indicates that with a few exceptions, we're open to virtually anything that is requested," said Kelley Bergstrom, chairman of the ISU Foundation board of directors. "We feel that most questions can be answered. We want to be helpful. We have nothing to hide. We want to be open."

4-H lamb field day near Manly April 9

MANLY, Iowa -- Worth County 4-H will host a 4-H lamb field day April 9 on the Mike and Sue Urbatsch farm located 4 miles east and one-half mile north of Manly.

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The event will begin at 10 a.m.

All north Iowa and southern Minnesota sheep producers are welcome. Participants are asked to call Worth County Extension director Dennis Johnson at (641) 324-1531 for more information.

4-H, FFA sheep weigh-ins on April 16

NORTHWOOD, Iowa -- The Worth County Fair 4-H and FFA sheep weigh-in will be April 16 on the fairgrounds in Northwood and on the Mike Urbatsch farm near Manly.

The weigh-ins will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 11 a.m. All market lambs and breeding ewe lambs that will be exhibited at the Worth County Fair must be weighed.

For additional information, call Dennis Johnson at (641) 324-1531.

Private pesticide course offered April 11

SHELDON, Iowa -- O'Brien County Extension is offering a continuing instruction course for private pesticide applicators April 11 at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. The course starts at 7 p.m.

The program costs $15.

Pre-registration is preferred. Contact the Iowa State University Extension office at (712) 957-5045 to register.

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