Lt. Gov. Reynolds Praises FFA And Rural Iowa Businesses For Role In Keeping Iowa’s Unemployment Low

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited several stops in western Iowa yesterday highlighting growth in rural areas and the boon agriculture provides. While in Templeton, Reynolds toured the barrel-aging facility at Templeton Rye. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the company $1.6 million dollars in tax credits last October to encourage the construction of a distillery which is projected to create nearly 30 jobs. Reynolds then stopped at the IKM-Manning FFA’s annual banquet. She says the skills learned through membership are invaluable.

Even if the students wind up with careers in other fields, having a background in agriculture creates a solid footing for their future.

She praised the IKM-Manning GALA’s efforts this week to raise more than $90,000 for STEM funding. According to Reynolds, this all points to a vibrant, growing economy.

Iowa’s most recent numbers had the state at 3.3 percent unemployment, one and a half points lower than the national rate of 4.8 percent