In the last few years, Iowa has been placed on several "Top
10" lists for Best places, to live, work, and vacation. The other
parts of the U.S. are finally "figuring it out" and seeing Iowa are
more than cornfields.
Iowa is Home to RAGBRAI which puts Iowa on the map as a cycling mecca each July.
Iowa produces a tenth of the nation's food supply, the value
of Iowa's manufactured products is twice that of its agriculture. Major
industries are food and associated products, non-electrical machinery,
electrical equipment, printing and publishing, and fabricated
Iowa stands in a class by itself as an agricultural state. Its farms
sell over $10 billion worth of crops and livestock annually. Iowa leads
the nation in all corn, soybean, and hog marketings, and comes in third in
total livestock sales. Iowa's forests produce hardwood lumber,
particularly walnut, and its mineral products include cement, limestone,
sand, gravel, gypsum, and coal.
Iowa (i /'a??w?/) is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland." It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. Iowa is often known as the "Food Capital of the World",
but Iowa's economy, culture, and landscape are diverse. In the mid and
late 20th century, Iowa's agricultural economy transitioned to a
diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial
services, biotechnology, and green energy production. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live. Des Moines is Iowa's capital and largest city.
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