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Survey: Midwest Economy Should Keep Growing

The economy should continue growing steadily in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday. The overall economic index for the region improved to 58.2 in March from 57.4 in February. That’s solidly above the neutral level of 50.

04/01/2014

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Winter-Weary Americans Plead: Get Me Out Of Here!

Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.

02/28/2014

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USDA Spending $3M To Feed Honeybees In Midwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December.

02/20/2014

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Q&A: Farmers, Shippers Wary Of Winter’s Fallout

While winter has been unforgiving to most of the Midwest, the next several months will dictate the season’s impact on all-important sectors, such as shipping and farming. Fast-melting snow in the northern Midwest likely won’t be able to soak into the frozen ground.

02/15/2014

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January Economic Survey Suggests Growth In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders released Monday signals the economy should continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead. The monthly economic index for the region rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December. That puts the index well above a neutral score of 50 and into positive territory.

02/03/2014

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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism For Midwest

A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November.

01/02/2014

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Midwest Business Conditions Improve In November

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic report says business conditions in nine Midwestern states improved slightly in November. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to a tepid 51.2 on a growth scale of 0 […]

12/02/2013

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Census: Iowa Has Lowest Poverty Rate In Nation

A new Census report shows that Iowa and several other Midwest and Plains states have the lowest poverty rates when cost of living is factored into the calculation. The report released Wednesday showed that Iowa had the lowest rate at 8.6 percent. The national rate under the new measure is 16 percent.

11/07/2013

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Midwest, Plains Economy Should Keep Growing

A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwest and Plains states through the rest of 2013 but at a slower pace than earlier this year. The survey’s overall economic index rose to 53.8 in August from July’s 53.5.

09/03/2013

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Economist: States Hurt By Lower Agriculture Prices

Economic growth slowed down this month in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Thursday. The overall economic index for the region slipped to 55.8 in August from 57.3 in July, but was far ahead of the 47.1 in August 2012.

08/15/2013

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Floodwaters Rising After Storms Deluge Heartland

Volunteers worked into the night to stack sandbags against rising Midwest floodwaters and evacuate people in its path — or rescue those already under water — after a powerful spring storm system unleashed downpours from Oklahoma to Michigan.

04/19/2013

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Survey: More Slow Economic Growth Ahead In Midwest

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states dipped last month, suggesting only slow growth for the region over the next three to six months.

03/01/2013

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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Continued Growth

A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in some Midwestern and northern Plains states.

01/17/2013

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Economic Slump Likely To Continue In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will remain sluggish in nine Midwest and Plains states, and hiring will be slow over the next three to six months.

01/02/2013

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