AG Rural News

Some members of Congress are backing legislation that would allow rural communities to use USDA resources to address the opioid epidemic.                                                             Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly are proposing bills that would shift certain USDA resources to substance-abuse treatment and other initiatives. The proposed legislation would set aside 20 percent of USDAs telemedicine grant funding and prioritize grant program applications focused on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.  Bustos says rural communities are facing an addiction epidemic and Congress needs to provide resources to help small towns access health care and the tools needed to combat drug...
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Ranchers in eastern Montana are working to recover from wildfires that swept through the region in late July. One of the largest fires consumed more than 270-thousand acres. Travis Brown of Sand Springs, Montana says the fire burned about 15-thousand acres of grassland on their ranch. Brown was separating cows and calves when Brownfield spoke with him last week. AUDIO: Travis Brown   Continue reading Montana ranchers work to recover from devastating wildfires at Brownfield Ag News.
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker Saturday at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines. AUDIO: Sonny Perdue   Continue reading Sonny Perdue’s speech at the Iowa Ag Summit at Brownfield Ag News.
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When I first walked up to Jim De Boer’s display at the Plymouth County Fair in Le Mars, Iowa, it looked like just another nice collection of diecast model farm toys. Nothing out of the ordinary. Then I noticed the sign saying “Everything made out of wood”. In talking with Jim, I found out that this 88-year old Orange City, Iowa resident has been building model farm implements, out of wood, ever since he was a boy. Continue reading Iowan builds model farm equipment out of wood at Brownfield Ag News.
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The president of the American Foreign Service Association says trade discussions are being framed differently under the Trump Administration. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson tells Brownfield there have been challenges resulting from President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership in favor of bilateral trade agreements and outspoken criticism of current deals like NAFTA. “Well there’s been a real sea change in the conversation in our country about trade.  And it really went largely toxic as people said maybe these trade deals weren’t such a good idea.” She says farmers recognize the importance of trade and it’s her job to expand markets for American agricultural products regardless...
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Another mixed week of weather in many key U.S. growing areas led to an improvement in the USDA’s national corn condition rating and a decline in soybeans. 62% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape as of Sunday, up 2% from the previous week, and while key development phases are slower than average, they did manage to make up some ground. 97% of the crop is silking, compared to the five year average of 98%, 61% is at the dough making stage, compared to 62%, and 16% has dented, compared to 20% typically this time of year. Continue reading 62%...
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