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Jared Strong

Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

By: - September 14, 2022

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program on […]

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack promoted voluntary federal programs to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. (Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Vilsack: America’s voluntary approach to agriculture is better than Europe’s mandates

By: - August 30, 2022

BOONE, Iowa — The more than $1 billion the federal government is devoting to voluntary efforts to reduce agriculture’s adverse effects on the environment is a better long-term strategy than mandating new rules for farmers, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. While state and federal officials in the United States have tended to […]

Ambassador Katherine Tai, the U.S. trade representative, said the federal government is seeking long-term answers to the country’s trade issues. (Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Biden administration plays long game for agriculture and trade

By: - August 19, 2022

WOODWARD, Iowa — The United States could take international trade actions that might have an immediate impact on the operating costs for farmers and the markets available for their crops, but the Biden administration has opted for a longer-term strategy, one of the nation’s top emissaries said Thursday during a trip to a central Iowa […]

Chris Ackman goes through donated bread items at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa. (Samantha Horton/Midwest Newsroom)

Getting venison at the food pantry? You probably won’t be warned if it has lead fragments

By: and - June 6, 2022

HIAWATHA, Iowa — A walk-in freezer about two stories high sits in one corner of a warehouse owned by a food bank called Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. Chris Ackman, the food bank’s communication manager, points to the shelving racks where any donated venison the organization receives is typically stored. Known as the Help […]