The American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association Foundation are conducting a joint research study to understand the numerous effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having on trucking operations. The research focuses heavily on a survey that solicits critical input from truck drivers and motor carrier staff who are encountering Covid-19 impacts such as limited shipper access, changing distribution patterns and traffic-related issues. “This survey will help us confirm what we know anecdotally, that the trucking industry is leading the charge in responding to food and medicine shortages among other critical supplies,” said Tom Weakley, director of the OOIDA Foundation. “We need everyone’s input on this effort.” Anyone involved in trucking operations is urged to respond using this link.

The Iowa Credit Union Foundation has launched a new Emergency Relief Fund. Donations will be used to assist Iowans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, $500,000 has been committed to the fund. GreenState Credit Union is donating $250,000. Applications and more information will be available April 1 online. Donations can be made here

ProCircular is offering free vulnerability checks for the networks of organizations deemed critical infrastructure in Iowa and adjacent states. Any organization seeking cybersecurity support can find more information online

QuikTrip is launching on-lot pickup services nationally, including in the Greater Des Moines area. On-lot pickup services has been in development since 2019 but will now be available for customers to have their items delivered to their vehicle upon arrival through the QT mobile app, the company announced Wednesday. 

Arts and Culture

The Des Moines Art Center is launching seven virtual tours of permanent collections and special exhibitions, allowing visitors to click through collections as the galleries are closed to the public until April 7. Links to all seven tours are available online

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is taking students on a virtual farm tour March 27 to celebrate National Agriculture Week, the organization announced Wednesday. IALF will broadcast a live field trip from Mark Kenny’s Story County farm on Facebook Live at 10:30 a.m. More information is available online