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

U.S. ethanol exports jumped from September to October. The Renewable Fuels Association says exports of 104.74 million gallons were up 38% on the month, the biggest volume since March, with Canada claiming the top spot for the seventh month in a row. That’s the largest month of shipments to Canada in more than four years. The other top monthly markets were India, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. October’s ethanol imports were 10.5 million gallons, all from Brazil. ...
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The nation’s largest farm group says the year will end with a focus on what they don’t support.  American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall tells Brownfield the economy is still recovering from the pandemic and proposed tax increases in the Build Back Better Act will hurt small businesses throughout rural communities and eventually farmers. “We just think it takes our country in the wrong direction. We also think it is an attack on all small businesses that we, as farmers, do business with.” After years of lobbying efforts, Duvall says their organization was hoping they would never have to work on...
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