business

Photo by Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Breaking up is a hard thing to do. It's even harder when you're a publicly traded, multinational seed or chemical conglomerate. Monsanto, the St. Louis-based seed company that produces the widely-used herbicide RoundUp, had to learn that lesson the hard way. The world's largest seed company announced Wednesday that after months of wooing, it's no longer pursuing Switzerland-based Syngenta, the world's largest producer of farm chemicals. The courtship began in early summer 2015 when Monsanto made an initial bid to purchase Syngenta's chemical operations.

Photo by Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, is attempting to swallow up the chemical operations of Syngenta, the world’s biggest producer of pesticides and other farm inputs. The proposed deal signals a change in focus for the agricultural giant, and could have ripple effects across farm country.

By its own admission, Monsanto lags behind in chemistry research. To correct that, and possibly find new ways to combine chemicals and biotech crops, Monsanto wants to buy the Swiss chemical company.

IPR's Pat Blank

Waverly or more specifically, Wartburg College will be the site of an international music festival this spring.

The Grammy award winning British folk rock band Mumford and Sons will be in Waverly June 19 and 20 as part of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road tour. Wartburg College Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Graham Garner says the event is one of only four “stopover” locations. He says “this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are so excited to be a partner in making this happen.”

Disconnect

Feb 26, 2015
Flickr

A new report by Iowa’s largest utility companies shows hundreds of households are behind on paying their energy bills.  A federal program called LIHEAP provides protection from having the power shut off between November 1st and March 31st. Iowa’s Director Jerry McKim says he’s concerned about those who are not part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but there is protection.

“The law says if you haven’t had a payment agreement that you broke in the last 12 months, the utility must, not might, offer you a minimum of 12 months to pay off your past due balance.”

Wikimedia Commons

You can significantly increase your ability to influence others by making very small shifts. 

Molly Clubb / Hired Hand

CNBC ranks Iowa as the twelfth top state for business. So why are we dead last in economic clout for women-owned businesses according to a March report from American Express?

Courtesy of Brian and Lesley Triplett

Our area is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs.

Alex Lapuerta

Iowa is the only Midwestern state where commercial dog racing remains legal and active. But that may soon change, as state lawmakers look at proposals to end greyhound racing at the only tracks left in Iowa: The Mystique in Dubuque and Bluffs Run in Council Bluffs.

Today on River to River, we take a look at greyhound racing’s history in the state, its impact in communities with tracks, how these tracks are subsidized, and what the future of greyhound racing may hold.

Today's guests include:

Dean Borg / IPR

A popular Central Iowa restaurant is closing this weekend.  (Saturday night; November 16th)  Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports the Suburban Restaurant, along U-S Highway Sixty-Nine north of Ames, is what its loyal customers say is an icon of “home-style dining.

Men Hold Two-Thirds of Management Jobs in Iowa

Sep 26, 2013
SalFalko / Flickr

There are far more men than women in top management jobs in Iowa, according to a new report.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal advocacy group, has released a "State of Women in America" report. It found men hold 67 percent of managerial jobs in Iowa as top administrators in the public and private sectors.

Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway's newest Iowa acquisition, Prudential First Realty, soon will be adopting the “Berkshire Hathaway Home Services” logo. The company has 77 agents and three offices in central Iowa, and their “For Sale” signs that now say Prudential, will be converted to Berkshire Hathaway.

Brennan Buckley is a company marketing executive in Des Moines.

Andrea Silenzi / Harvest Public Media

This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s new series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here (http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots) to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

Kate Edwards hasn’t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.

Toby Dickens

Our summer series continues into the noon hour on "River to River". We are examining communities along our state’s border and the challenges businesses face in these areas. On today's "River to River", we take a look at the challenges businesses in the Quad Cities and Sioux City face in economic development when competing with Illinois and South Dakota tax structures.

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Women now work in every field and have reached levels of success in business and politics that once seemed impossible, but business is still a male dominated world. Charity talks with Mary Stier of Des Moines who has shatterd many glass ceilings in her career as a newspaper publisher. She'll share her lessons and discuss her new book, Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business. Also joining the conversation is Diane Ramsey of Cedar Rapids, Ex.