AG Rural News

The Center for Rural Affairs is urging lawmakers to support a bill that treats rural businesses and communities equally when it comes to coronavirus relief dollars. Johnathan Hladik is the center’s policy director, “We know nationally, rural areas are now responsible for a disproportionately high number of COVID cases and deaths. While this is happening, our economy is struggling and rural small businesses just are not getting the same support as their urban counterparts right now.” Interview with Johnathan Hladik ^^ ...
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Illinois based Wyffels Hybrids rounded out the first year of their Serving Those Who Served initiative with a $67,000 donation to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. Click below to find out how farmers are contributing and what is new for the program in year two: Interview with Jill Loehr, Wyffels Hybrids ...
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Ag News

~C-SPAN President Biden has signed three executive orders to fast-track climate friendly priorities. Biden says America has waited too long to deal head-on with the climate crisis and credited agriculture with being part of the solution. “We see farmers making American agriculture first in the world to achieve net zero emissions and gaining new sources of income in the process. And I want to parenthetically thank the Secretary of Agriculture for helping put together that program during the campaign. ...
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American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall tells Brownfield he’s encouraged by what’s he learned about Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. “With Michael Regan coming onboard as EPA Administrator, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to him speak. He has a history of allowing farmers to come to the table and explain to him how how regulations would effect them if implemented.” He says that will be crucial knowing the Biden Administration is talking about the Waters of the U.S. ...
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An ag economist says while there is still a lot of volatility in the market, he does not think $16 soybeans are out of the question this year. Guy Allen with the International Grains Program at Kansas State University says last week beans fell back below $14 but the market saw some recovery early this week. “Looking back to when we had similar stocks/use in 2013, we saw beans above $16 and I don’t think that would be a surprise.” But, he says a lot of volatility remains. ...
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An ag economist does NOT believe closing the Keystone XL pipeline will impact energy prices in the short term.   As one of his first moves, President Biden issued an executive order to block the Keystone XL pipeline that carries crude oil from Canada to the US. Scott Irwin with the University of Illinois says it could be a signal of further regulatory moves to scale back the fracking revolution. “That could have implications for crude oil and natural gas prices moving forward. ...
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