AG Rural News

Two Midwestern Congresswomen have been named chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Rural Reinvestment Taskforce. Cindy Axne of Iowa and Cheri Bustos of Illinois will lead the group, which aims to develop and advance policy solutions that support Rural America. Axne says the task force will ensure rural communities have a seat at the table in Congress, focusing on a wide range of issues like broadband, healthcare, and the impacts of a changing climate. ...
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A provision in major rural broadband legislation in the U.S. House allows for local mapping authority. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado – who calls the lack of rural broadband unacceptable – says he’s pleased his bipartisan has been included in the larger bill. “The Community Broadband Mapping Act will give our small communities the ability to collect their own data so they can challenge inaccurate mapping by the FCC.” Delgado says accurate information is critical in addressing the rural broadband deficit, “We need to fix the flawed broadband maps that overstate internet access and speeds in rural communities.” Delgado says the bill will...
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The US Postal Service has proposed revisions to service standards including the extension of first-class mail deliveries from 1-3 days out to five days. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew submitted comments to USPS opposing the idea, saying it would be “catastrophic” for farmers, especially those who send live animals like chicks and bees via the postal system. Packages with ag products, like seeds and parts, delivered during planting and harvest are critical to operations that live hours from distributors. ...
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State and federal lawmakers continue to direct money toward the expansion of rural broadband. And University of Minnesota Duluth assistant professor of computer science Dr. Peter Peterson suggests the dollars better keep coming because burying cable gets really expensive. “DSL, cable internet, and fiber, those are all delivered via wires that someone has buried, usually along roadways. And it costs, the low end is $18,000 per-mile to bury fiber.” He tells Brownfield that is the fundamental issue holding back rural broadband expansion. ...
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Ag News

The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case against California’s Proposition 12 because of its  ‘arbitrary’ production standards that would ban the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet them. They’re appealing the Ninth circuit court decision in July that upheld a lower court ruling against NPPC and Farm Bureau which said the circuit didn’t have precedent to continue the case. ...
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The U.S. corn and soybean harvests continue to run ahead of average. Conditions were good in most key growing areas over the past week, but activity in some areas was delayed by rainfall. The USDA says 18% of U.S. corn is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 15%, while 97% has dented, compared to 94% on average, and 74% of the crop is mature, compared to the usual rate of 64%. 59% of corn is in good to excellent condition, unchanged on the week. ...
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told Democrats the $1-Trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill will come to the floor for a vote this Thursday, instead of today. She told ABC News on Sunday that she’s never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes and says they Will have the votes. Pelosi says the president’s plan to invest in the social safety net and climate policy might end up smaller than expected. Pelosi says she’s working to build a consensus on Biden’s $3.5 Trillion dollar reconciliation bill. ...
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African swine fever continues to spread in Germany and the country’s ag minister says she will realign the pork industry to ensure its future. The ministry says the latest initiative will reorganize the entire pork chain in all aspects from concepts to financing. The federal agriculture ministry says the German pork industry is in a difficult position as it faces obstacles like export restrictions, COVID-19 challenges, and poor weather for hospitality. ...
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