A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Monday:

LUKAN NEW VA DIRECTOR: Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday announced the appointment of Steve Lukan as Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director. Most recently, Lukan served as director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. He replaces Jodi Tymeson, who announced her retirement last month. Lukan, a former state representative, served four years in the U.S. Navy. Lukan’s appointment is effective immediately. Dale Woolery will serve as interim director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.

FALL HARVEST PROGRESSES: About 8 percent of Iowa’s corn crop remains in the field while most of the soybean acres have been harvested, according to the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released Monday by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. “Harvest progress continued across much of the state with some Iowa farmers finishing combining and completing other fall field work, including construction of conservation practices,” said Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “There is still harvest work to be done across the state, especially in northeast, southwest and south-central Iowa where 15 percent of corn is still in the field.” Minimal precipitation allowed Iowa farmers to make progress towards completing harvest with 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sunday, officials said. Ninety-two percent of the corn for grain crop has been harvested, eight days behind last year and the 5-year average.

MANURE SPILL REPORTED: A failed hose connection led to a manure spill on the western edge of Louisa County late Friday night, about three miles southeast of Crawfordsville, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. An estimated 7,500 gallons of manure spilled into a crop field before the pump shut off. Layne Twinam of Twinam Farms tried to block tile intakes, according to DNR officials, but manure had already entered the underground tiling and flowed into the upper end of Buffington Creek. Twinam prevented manure from moving downstream by temporarily damming the creek. The DNR investigated the spill site Saturday, finding the creek was mostly dry and the manure contained. DNR officials will monitor cleanup activities and consider appropriate enforcement action.

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