AG Rural News

More than 120 members of Congress are asking the Health and Human Services Secretary in a letter to immediately provide financial relief to rural hospitals, saying many are just days away from going broke. Emergency funding for rural hospitals is part of the CARES act passed by Congress and signed by the president last week. The lawmakers say many rural hospitals have stopped performing elective procedures and are no longer seeing non-urgent patients because of the  COVID-19 emergency but those actions threaten rural hospitals’ financial viability. ...
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Mike Drinnin is a cattle feeder from Clarks, Nebraska and immediate past president of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s organization. In this interview with Brownfield, Drinnin discusses challenges facing his operation, and the cattle industry in general, in light of recent events. Audio: Mike Drinnin ...
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Ag News

Three of the new agriculture provisions in the updated coronavirus relief bill introduced by the House this week relate to meat and poultry. The HEROES Act 2.0 provides more than one Billion dollars to assist contract growers of poultry and livestock growers who face losses because of reduced placements related to COVID-19. It provides grants to improve meat and poultry facilities to allow for interstate shipment. And it requires a report on the structure and availability of U.S. ...
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An ag economist says the current ag income outlook in much of the Midwest is higher than expected. Gary Schnitkey with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield in Illinois the outlook is higher now than it was in July. He attributes that to higher commodity prices, the announcement of CFAP2 and good yields. “For Illinois at least higher yields, probably not for Iowa and a couple of other places, but USDA is projecting a second highest yield ever in Illinois so that would help.” He says strong export demand from China and yield losses from dry weather and the derecho have boosted prices...
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The U.S. corn crop is 15 percent harvested. The USDA’s weekly crop progress report says that is a percentage point behind normal. The corn crop is 57 percent good to excellent, a drop of four percentage points from last week. Soybean combining is five percentage points ahead of normal at 20 percent complete. U.S. soybeans are 55 percent good to excellent, a drop of nine percentage points from last week. Winter wheat planting is a couple of points ahead of normal at 35 percent complete. ...
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The long-awaited Next Generation Fuels act was introduced to the US House Thursday by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois. The bill establishes a minimum octane standard for gasoline and requires sources of the added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 30% compared to baseline gasoline. Many ag and environmental groups support the bill as a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect human health and increase engine efficiency while also encouraging the use of biofuels and lower prices at the pump. ...
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