AG Rural News

Senate Ag Committee leaders promised to keep rural communities at the forefront of the 2023 Farm Bill during a hearing Tuesday. Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow says the energy and rural development titles within the legislation can improve the quality of life and prosperity in rural areas. “Both titles present bipartisan opportunities to not just address challenges rural communities face, but also to enhance the strengths that make them great places to live,” she says. ...
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A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee wants to expand rural development opportunities in the next farm bill. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith says she’ll be looking for ways USDA can improve the way it meets the needs of rural communities. “I’m talking about the deep need for reliable high-speed broadband, investing in communities and economic development. Improving access to healthcare and supporting critical access hospitals in rural areas.” She also wants the 2023 Farm Bill to support workforce housing and access to childcare. ...
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A company focused on remote crop monitoring is aiming to help farmers make decisions by providing real-time insights. Soiltech Wireless Founder Ehsan Soltan says the Soiltech Sensor measures moisture, temperature, humidity, location, and crop damage.   “We’re helping farmers make decisions when they need to be made and not just on a schedule just because we did it last year,” he says. “(We provide) real-time insights into how the soil is performing, whether or not the crops are taking up moisture and whether we need to irrigate again, or we’re looking at soil temperatures to help them to determine the optimal planting...
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The president of the Indiana Barn Foundation is encouraging people to notice the different features of barns as outdoor fall activities pick up. Kent Yeager tells Brownfield, “fall is a great time to look at barns as leaves start to fall and you can see some of these barns much better. With people often tending to drive and pay more attention to the countryside with leaves changing color, it’s a great time to look at these barns.” Yeager says barns are rural monuments that tell a story about farming. ...
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Ag News

President Biden has signed a bill into law that averts a nationwide rail strike. “A rail shutdown would have devastated our economy,” he said during a ceremony on Friday. “Without freight rail, many of the US industries would literally shutdown.” But Biden says he’s disappointed an amendment that would have provided additional days of paid sick leave for rail workers failed. “We still have more work to do in my view in terms of getting paid sick leave, not just for rail workers, but for every worker in America,” the President said. ...
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The Senate has passed a bill to avert a nationwide rail strike that would have been catastrophic to the U.S. economy.  The joint resolution passed 80-15 and codifies an agreement that was brokered by the Biden administration in September but was rejected by some of the unions. Tanner Beymer with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the ag industry couldn’t afford a shutdown and Congressional intervention was needed “in order to keep this rail strike from occurring and keep goods and services moving across the country at the speed of commerce.” The House also passed the measure with bipartisan support.  The bill...
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