AG Rural News

The National Sheriff’s Association says high prices and record inflation are behind a recent uptick in rural thefts. Kiernan Donahue, a leader with the association, tells Brownfield as a result they are increasing patrols in rural areas. “A lot of these folks are hitting the rural areas because there’s not the presence of law enforcement that we have in our urban areas,” Donahue said. “They take advantage of that.” Donahue says suspects have been stealing copper wire from farms with pivot irrigation systems. ...
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Photo from President Biden’s Twitter account The U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing a vital role addressing the infant formula shortages caused by Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis on Sunday to meet the first shipment of formula brought to the U.S. under Operation Fly Formula. “We’re sending, through the Department of Defense, airplanes to Zürich Switzerland to pick up one and a half million containers of 8-ounces of formula each and bringing them to Indiana where they will then be distributed, based on FDA information, to locations where there are shortages,” he says. ...
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There continues to be a gap between rural and urban food security, according to the latest Purdue University Consumer Food Insights Report. Jayson Lusk is the director of the Purdue Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability, “Rural households were more likely to be food insecure, meaning they had a hard time affording enough food to eat relative to urban households,” he says. “Going along with that, rural households also said that their overall satisfaction and happiness with their diets was lower than urban households.” Fourteen percent of all households and 23 percent of rural households are facing food insecurity. ...
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Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams continues to advocate for improved healthcare in rural areas. “I was really glad to be U.S. Surgeon General as someone from the Midwest, as someone who had grown up in a rural area, and as someone who could speak to the challenges that rural America faces as we’re dealing with some difficult health problems,” he says. “In the beginning we were really focused on the opioid epidemic, and I made sure we always had someone at the table who was from a rural community whether it was a provider or someone who has suffered with...
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Ag News

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from Bayer that would’ve ended thousands of lawsuits claiming that Roundup causes cancer. Bayer says the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) says federal law pre-empts state regulations for different product labels, but the high court said it didn’t agree.  In a statement to Brownfield, the company says it respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision because it undermines the ability of companies to rely on actions taken by regulatory agencies. ...
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A federal court in California has ruled that Monsanto’s glyphosate registration is unlawful because it increases cancer risks and threatens endangered species. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned EPA’s decision on Friday and said that the agency didn’t adequately consider whether the weed killer causes cancer and neglected its duties under the Endangered Species Act. In a statement to Brownfield, Bayer says it believes the EPA will continue to conclude that Glyphosate is safe and not carcinogenic through a rigorous review process.  The company says it’s committed to working with the Agency to minimize environmental impacts and the product remains available...
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