AG Rural News

Access to healthcare in rural America continues to be a challenge and new funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to increase providers in underserved areas. Secretary Xavier Becerra says the $100 million in funding comes from the American Rescue Plan “So those who are doing primary care service, especially in communities that are oftentimes left behind or hard to reach, we’re trying to make sure that we help our state partners get to those workers and providers to let them know we’re going to be there to support and train those workers and ensure they’re prepared...
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The President of Missouri Farm Bureau says schools are having trouble providing lunches to students. Garrett Hawkins tells Brownfield it’s coming down to labor shortages. “The disruptions we’re seeing in school districts across the state, and really across the country, aren’t a symptom of a food supply shortage,” Hawkins said. “They’re, in fact, a symptom of disruptions in the supply chain.” He said the disruptions have forced schools to get more creative with less. ...
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Bayer and Luke Bryan will continue their partnership to celebrate America’s farmers and help fight hunger by encouraging use of the hashtag #HerestotheFarmer on social media. For every share, Bayer will provide one meal to a person in need through Feeding America with the goal of helping to provide one million meals. Luke Bryan launched his annual Farm Tour in 2009 to celebrate the contributions of America’s farmers. In 2015, Bayer partnered with Bryan and launched its campaign to help fight hunger throughout the country. ...
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The Rural Policy Research Institute says COVID-19 deaths among rural residents were twice that of urban residents in the week ending October first. Fred Ullrich, with the College of Public Health at Iowa State University, tells Brownfield Ag News that same finding was also seen September 15th, a far cry from the early days of the pandemic when urban areas were hardest hit and there were just rural hotspots in places like meat packing plants and truck stops. ...
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Ag News

The president of Iowa Farm Bureau fears inflation is going to wreak havoc on agriculture.  Warren County farmer Craig Hill says it’s a major concern. “We think back to the 1970’s (with) energy prices and then, of course, commodity prices always lag a little bit (from) inflationary pressure. But rising interest rates and what that has to do with capital investments and so on.” Speaking to Brownfield at the Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting in Des Moines, he says farmers should be able to weather inflated costs next year. ...
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An attorney who testified before the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade says the U.S. must adopt policies that encourage growth in key technology sectors were the U.S. competes with China. Clete Willems with Akin Gump says it’s one of many ways to go after China’s unfair trade practices. “The bipartisan USICA bill includes numerous provisions to assist, such as funding for semi-conductor and 5G supply chains, a federal commitment to AI, quantum computing and synthetic biology and supply chain resiliency efforts.” He says the U.S. ...
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Renewable fuels groups have mixed reviews on EPA’s biofuels program updates. Renewable Fuels Association president Geoff Cooper calls the series of proposals a modest step in the right direction. “The EPA has proposed to get the RFS back in a growth mode (by) proposing for 2022 a 15 billion gallon requirement, which would be consistent with the statutory volume.” Cooper is also pleased EPA is proposing to deny virtually all pending Small Refinery Exemption petitions. ...
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The EPA has released its long-awaited proposals for Renewable Volume Obligations for biofuels – which the Renewable Fuels Association calls a step in the right direction but concerns remain. EPA proposes the 2022 RFS requirement right at 15 Billion gallons and says it will move to deny ALL pending small refinery exemption petitions based on last years 10th circuit court decision. But, RFA says EPA’s proposal to reduce 2021 conventional renewable fuel requirements to just over 13 billion gallons AND reopen and reduce 2020 volumes would be harmful. ...
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