AG Rural News

The University of Missouri Extension is expanding mental health services for farmers and ag workers in rural Missouri. MU received a three-year grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. The project provides stress assistance and suicide prevention services for farmers, ranchers and others in ag occupations. All of the state’s 99 rural counties are short on mental health professionals and more than half of those counties have none. ...
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For the past three-and-a-half years, Greg Ibach has served as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs in the USDA. In this interview with Brownfield, Ibach, who is a farmer-rancher and former Nebraska director of agriculture, talks about some of the issues he has worked on at USDA, including the debate over who should regulate gene-edited animals, GMO labeling, animal ID, and cattle market concerns. AUDIO: Greg Ibach ...
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The rate of COVID-19 in rural Americans is surging. An analysis by the Daily Yonder shows new rural coronavirus infections set a record for the ninth week in a row. Ninety-percent of rural counties are now in the White House Coronavirus Task Force ‘Red Zones.’ Those are counties that average at least 100 new infections per 100-thousand people. Rural areas continue to experience new cases and deaths at a higher rate than metro counties. ...
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A proposed county ordinance to regulate CAFOs in northwestern Wisconsin has stalled. Christopher Nelson is the Chairman of the Polk County Board of Supervisors. He tells Brownfield, “I can tell you that yesterday at Health and Human Services, I think due to maybe some outside pressure, phone calls to other supervisors, she has now withdrawn the resolution for the time being.” Nelson tells Brownfield the proposed ordinance from Supervisor Amy Middleton of Osceola Township will not be taken up by the board, but he expects Middleton will try again to create local CAFO regulations. ...
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Ag News

Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley would not be surprised if President Biden tries to make the federal vehicle fleet all electric. “I have not seen that, but I do know that he campaigned on that and Democrats have campaigned on greater use of electric cars.” During his weekly call with ag reporters today, he told Brownfield he has no problem with electric vehicles. “But if you’re going to mandate like California has, electric cars by 2035 and half of the fleet by 2025, then you’re obviously going to hurt 43,000 jobs in Iowa that come from renewable fuels.” Grassley says while Biden does...
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The USDA says the amount of pork in cold storage at the end of 2020 was significantly smaller than at the end of 2019. Pork in cold storage was reported at 408.361 million tons, down 30% on the year, led by big drops in all of the major primal cuts, reflecting the strong general demand despite record monthly and annual pork production. Record large December supplies were recorded for boneless loins, while record low December stocks were notched in bone-in hams. ...
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