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USDA to be in Dyersville on northeast Iowa tour

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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) - U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Deputy Secretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien will stop in Dyersville Friday as part of his tour across northeast Iowa.

The tour will highlight the benefits of expanding regional food systems and the economic opportunities in the bio economy.

O'Brien will visit FarmTek in Dyersville with USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to view hydroponic systems, tension fabric buildings, greenhouses and other products.

FarmTek is the first and only company in Iowa to produce the fodder systems that help provide feed cost savings and animal nutrient benefits despite weather elements.

The tour will conclude Friday with a stop at Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC, in Farley. USDA Rural Development assisted the facility with a $5 million loan guarantee last year.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices in the state, serving the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas.

The state office is in Des Moines, with area offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
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