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Meet Rantizo - Drone Spraying for Agriculture

I was in the Media Room at the Iowa Power Farming Show and asked around about new technology and adaptations for agriculture and I was told I should check out Rantizo who came to showcase their new drone spraying device. Working the booth for Rantizo was David Pieper the Director of Sales for the Iowa City based company. We sat down to talk crop spraying and drone usage.  Gotta love technology. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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The Business News Headlines 28 January 2020

The issue of the coronavirus didn't play that big of a deal today on Wall Street as the markets made a run at reclaiming what was lost yesterday. Welcome to the business news headlines. Today:

  • 3M and face masks;
  • Meanwhile 3M to lay off 1,500 workers and why;
  • Chipotle fined $1.3 million think child labor violations;
  • Harley Davidson is having a tough time in its turnaround;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How long must you wait for your tax refund? We'll answer.

Those stories and with me for an extended conversation about  hemp production, THC and CBD is Robin Pruisner the Iowa Hemp Administrator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Here she'll talk about the rules, regulations and risks involved in growing hemp in Iowa. Robin also suggests that growers or potential growers take a look at Hemp Benchmarks a site that tracks prices and more.  Strap in...lots to cover. Here is that conversation. 

The Business News Headlines 23 January 2020

At the opening bell today it was all about a virus and China...but as the day wore on worried investors seemed to move on and we'll share why.  It is the business news headlines for the 23rd day of January.

  • Former Wells Fargo CEO gets some bad news;
  • Planters Peanuts kills off Mr. Peanut and...why;
  • FedEx is alerting folks about a scam;
  • The White House wants more tax cuts;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Working Women and the 1970's.

Those stories plus this: Over the past several months we've reported on the number of trucking companies who have shut their doors. At the same time there is a lack of drivers.  Add to those issues new demands regarding packaging of freight, electronic logs, new technology and something called "density rating". With me is Brian Bartz from DLS Worldwide as we talk about the many changes in the industry and the "State of Freight". You can listen here. 

Thanks for listening!

The State of Freight with DLS Worldwide

Over the past several months we've reported on the number of trucking companies who have shut their doors. At the same time there is a lack of drivers.  Add to those issues new demands regarding packaging of freight, electronic logs, new technology and something called "density rating". With me is Brian Bartz from DLS Worldwide as we talk about the many changes in the industry and the "State of Freight".

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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The Business News Headlines 22 January 2020

It's been a day of impeachment hearings and concerns over a new virus imported from China. In fact, China figures in several of our stories today:

  • Not going to give up plastic says Coca-Cola;
  • Yet another retail chain closing stores;
  • Did the FAA do a "sweetheart" deal for Southwest;
  • The fallout from two years of a trade war coming home to roost;
  • Vaccine stocks were up...think China;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Worst City - Best City to grow up in the U.S. and why.

Those stories plus a riveting conversation about cannabis production in the United States. You'll meet John Haas from Phoenix, Arizona who tells me it's worse than the wild west when it comes to nearly everything concerning the growing of cannabis...and he's a grower.  You can catch that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The “Wild West” of Cannabis Production

It's all over the news as states ramp up efforts to make legal both the medical use and recretional use of cannabis. While in Arizona for a meeting I met John Haas who comes from a long work history in agriculture. He is now working on growing cannabis for CBD products. While, on the outside, it looks like this is a solid business John says it is really the wild west where investors have lost millions of dollars. We think you'll enjoy his frank comments.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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Retail Online Sales Tax - A Nightmare for Sellers

Back in November we promised you a return conversation with attorney George Isaacson from Brann & Isaacson a law firm in Maine. Mr. Isaacson represents multi–channel marketers and electronic merchants throughout the United States in connection with state sales, use and income tax matters, as well as regulatory issues.  I sat down with George in Maricopa, Arizona where he was speaking to members of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association about the impact that 12,000 tax entities in the United States has on the economics of small and medium size companies. What he says will shock you and how to fix it may give those of you selling on the Internet some...hope. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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Business Events in the DSM Metro with Laura Kinnard

It's the third full week of January 2020 and Laura Kinnard is back with us to chat it up about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro.  Laura, from Drake University and The Runway at Southridge is also the author of DMBizMixer.com where you can learn more about what we're talking about today. From better understanding finances to social media to marketing she has a full week of events. To have your event included just create #DMBizEvents on your social media and she'll pick it up.  Here's Laura....

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 16 January 2020

It was another stunning day on Wall Street and we'll give you the details as to why. Greetings from Maricopa, Arizona as we spend time here on assignment.  Some interesting stories we've dug up and we'll be getting those to you in the coming week. In the news today:

  • The S&P 500 closed above 3,300 for this first time...why?
  • Missing Money in Mexico;
  • Harry and Megan good for the Canadian brand;
  • Bose is giving up on brick and mortar;
  • The Market Report;
  • Men and Botox...it's a thing.

Those stories plus... 

It's taken us nearly a year to get this interview with entrepreneur Kelsi Ziemann. Why? Because she has been a very busy woman. Her business, Kelsi Ziemann Artistry is where she, and her staff, transform women with some amazing makeup work and teach them the tips to help them look their best everyday. Then she recently started KZA Cosmetics (Site under construction but where you can sign up to get the latest.) where she sells products from makeup to some makeup hardware. We talk all about it in this segment. Listen here. 

Kelsi Ziemann in the Small Business Spotlight

It's taken us nearly a year to get this interview with entrepreneur Kelsi Ziemann. Why? Because she has been a very busy woman. Her business, Kelsi Ziemann Artistry is where she, and her staff, transform women with some amazing makeup work and teach them the tips to help them look their best everyday. Then she recently started KZA Cosmetics (Site under construction but where you can sign up to get the latest.) where she sells products from makeup to some makeup hardware. We talk all about it in this segment.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International