AG Rural News

A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know about it’s impacts on the health of pets and livestock. Listen to our interview to learn more about COVID-19’s mild effects on cats and the unlikelihood of livestock contracting the virus. Interview with Jim Lowe ...
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More than 120 members of Congress are asking the Health and Human Services Secretary in a letter to immediately provide financial relief to rural hospitals, saying many are just days away from going broke. Emergency funding for rural hospitals is part of the CARES act passed by Congress and signed by the president last week. The lawmakers say many rural hospitals have stopped performing elective procedures and are no longer seeing non-urgent patients because of the  COVID-19 emergency but those actions threaten rural hospitals’ financial viability. ...
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Ag News

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency is disappointed with the 9th Circuit appeals court decision to vacate registration on three dicamba herbicides. In a statement today, Wheeler said the 2020 growing season is well underway and this creates undue burden for farmers, the nation’s first conservationists. He says EPA is “assessing all avenues to mitigate the impact of the Court’s decision on farmers.” The statement did NOT say whether farmers can legally continue to use the products or buy them. ...
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Some states are telling soybean farmers it’s okay to keep using their dicamba for now. Leeann Duwe is with the Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection. She tells Brownfield, “DATCP is waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to revoke the registration for these products, so until that action is taken, we will not change the state registration for these products and farmers can continue to use them.” Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also announced Friday it will wait for EPA guidance. ...
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Growers and custom applicators with dicamba herbicide on-farm are encouraged to contact their ag retailer immediately. Minnesota Department of Agriculture pesticide and fertilizer management division director Joshua Stamper says unused XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan could be returned. “Because even if next year there is another registration for these products, the label for the product that you have will not be current. So growers will need to speak to their retailers, and potentially get more guidance from the registrants of these products.” He cautions growers not to immediately dispose of unused dicamba. ...
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The Secretary of Agriculture wants the EPA to work with farmers who have dicamba products for this growing season. Sonny Perdue issued a statement Thursday encouraging the EPA to use any available flexibilities so producers can continue using already-purchased dicamba products, calling them a critical tool for American farmers to combat weeds resistant to many other herbicides, in fields that are already planted.  Perdue says farmers have spent hard-earned money on these previously allowed crop protection tools, and that the USDA stands ready to assist its federal partners in meeting that goal. ...
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