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Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman is senior reporter for the Iowa Capital Dispatch, an affiliate of States Newsroom. He has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Dairy farmer asks U.S. Senate to fix ‘broken’ milk pricing system

By: - September 16, 2021

A Granville, Iowa, dairy farmer appealed to a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday to help fix a “broken” milk-pricing system she said has worsened conditions in an era of financial uncertainty. Christina Zuiderveen, managing partner of Black Soil Dairy LLC and an industry leader, said the federal milk marketing orders system “promised dairy producers that if […]

USDA will offer $655M to smaller meatpackers in bid to add competition

By: - July 9, 2021

The federal government will spend $655 million on loans and grants to help launch new meat-processing facilities to help compete with four major corporations that control the market, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday. Included is a $500 million program aimed at establishing new or expanded operations, said Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, during […]

Cyberattack on meat giant JBS has industry looking to fortify defenses

By: - June 5, 2021

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S. had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to blame.  President Joe Biden […]