Category Archives: Agriculture

IEDA Funding, tax breaks spur job creation in Iowa.

IOWA — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board recently awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 241 jobs and will result in ...

Prestage Foods plans 1,000 jobs at Iowa pork facility.

MASON CITY, Iowa — Prestage Farms will build and operate a new fresh pork processing facility in Mason City. The company expects to employ as many as 1,000 people in a single shift. Future expansion plans will be able to accommodate a second shift wit ...

Ajinomoto set to build new plant in Eddyville.

EDDYVILLE, Iowa — Ajinomoto Heartland, Inc. (AHI) plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Eddyville. AHI expects to invest $42 million in the project and create 10 additional permanent jobs. The Ajinomoto facility uses a fermentation process ...

Swineguard designed to protect newborn pigs.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Swineguard is a startup business founded by a pair of University of Iowa students, Matt Rooda and Abraham Espinosa. The business is focused on just one product, a device designed to reduce operating costs for small pig farmers by eli ...

Tyson beefs up production in Council Bluffs.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Tyson Foods is adding 60 jobs at one of its plants in Council Bluffs. Tyson officials recently announced that the plant is adding workers to help process pork chops and roasts in Council Bluffs. Tyson has operated the Council Blu ...

Mississippi River commerce valued at $400B.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Commerce along the Mississippi River supports more than $400 billion in economic activity, according to a new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report, which was requested by a group of mayors meeting in Dubuque, said ...

BOGO Bowl wins award to break into new markets.

DES MOINES, Iowa — BOGO Bowl, a Des Moines-based pet food startup, has received a grant of $25,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. BOGO Bowl opened for business in 2012. The company sells pet food almost exclusively online. The company p ...

QFP creates 200 jobs in Denison.

DENISON, Iowa — Quality Food Processors (QFP) will add almost 200 jobs as a result of a planned $22.1 million facilities acquisition and expansion project in Denison. QFP makes bacon and cooked meats by processing on contract for brands such as King ...

An ocean in Iowa? Inland Sea plans aquaculture system.

AMES, Iowa — Inland Sea LLC is an Ames-based joint venture formed in 2014 between Heartland Global and Global Aquaponic Foods. The company is planning to build recirculating aquaculture system facilities for salmon production. The first facility will re ...

Blue Bunny hops toward expansion plan in Le Mars.

LE MARS, Iowa — Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, will expand its Le Mars facility, investing $19.3 million and adding 19 jobs. Wells Enterprises, Inc. manufactures ice cream products under several brand names, including Blue Bunny, Bo ...

Frontier Co-op to expand in three Iowa locations.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Frontier Co-op is planning to expand its facilities in Belle Plaine, Norway and Urbana, a project that is expected to create 33 jobs. Frontier Co-op specializes in natural and organic products, including herbs, spices, foods, teas and ...

Martin Brothers to expand Cedar Falls distribution hub.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Martin Brothers is planning to expand its distribution center in Cedar Falls and add 35 employees. The Iowa Economic Development Authority recently approved tax incentives in support of Martin Brothers’ expansion to its existing f ...

Probioferm plans expansion in Urbandale.

DES MOINES, Iowa —Probioferm LLC is planning a $1.9 million expansion at its facility in Urbandale, a Des Moines suburb. Probioferm grows beneficial bacteria cultures and manufactures custom blends, nutritional supplements, gels and pastes. The comp ...

ProduceRun creates platform for online farmers markets.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — ProduceRun has developed a software platform that serves as a farmers market on the World Wide Web. The ProduceRun website includes technology allowing farmers to upload information about their farm goods along with photos and pric ...

ConAgra upgrades Cedar Rapids facility.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — ConAgra Foods will invest $10 million to upgrade packaging equipment at the Cedar Rapids plant, where the company produces private brand cereal products. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded ConAgra tax benefits under th ...