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Farm BIll kills CSP, reworks SNAP to fund other parts.

Agri-Pulse | Posted onApril 16, 2018 in News

House Republicans are relying on elimination of the Conservation Stewardship Program and tightened eligibility rules and work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to fund other priorities in the new farm bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  Eliminating CSP would save $12.6 billion over 10 years, of which $7.7 billion would go toward expanding the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, according to the analysis released late Friday by the CBO."We just think that EQIP is more efficient and a better use of the money," Conaway said.Another $2.


Indiana’s AG weighs in to help agriculture in Supreme Court

Farm Futures | Posted onApril 16, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Indiana farmers must choose between ignoring Massachusetts’ regulations or complying with them to sell product in that state.Curtis Hill, Attorney General for Indiana, is requesting the United States Supreme Court block the implementation of the Massachusetts’ Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (Animal Law).The Republican Indiana official on March 16, 2018, filed a Reply Brief in the Supreme Court to support an original Bill of Complaint. He argues “The Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction of all controversies between two or more states.”


How a rural electric co-op connected a community

High Country News | Posted onApril 16, 2018 in Rural News

Molly Byrnes, 34, and Jesse Hofmann-Smith, 35, can’t reliably make phone calls on their cellular network from their cozy apartment on the outskirts of Taos, New Mexico, but they can host real-time webinars and build websites online for clients across the country. Their casita is one of about 6,300 homes and businesses in northern New Mexico connected to a high-speed fiber-optic internet network run by an unlikely source: the local electric cooperative. An increasing number of rural electric cooperatives in the U.S.


Tennessee Rural Hospital Transformation Act of 2018

Tennessee legislature | Posted onApril 16, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

This bill requires that the department of economic and community development shall establish and manage a grant program to support rural hospitals in assessing viability and identifying new delivery models, strategic partnerships, and operational changes that enable the continuation of needed healthcare services in rural communities (the "rural hospital transformation program"). For purposes of this bill, a rural hospital is a hospital located outside of a major urban or suburban area; provided, that the hospital may be located within a metropolitan statistical area.


Bayer Granted Changes in Monsanto Deal

DTN | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

The makeover at Bayer continues as the company attempts to purchase Monsanto. This time the German-based firm was granted concessions on proposed spinoffs. Bayer announced Wednesday that the European Commission has approved two modifications to its original approval of the takeover bid. Earlier this week, the U.S.


After research, flavored milk returns to some schools

Hoard's Dairyman | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in Food News

While local school boards, Parent Teacher Associations, and most recently the Trump administration weigh in on food served in schools, the dialogue around flavored milk is more multifaceted than in years past. There is opportunity for both plain and flavored milk in schools.


Opioid misuse in rural Iowa

Wallace's Farmer | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in Rural News

The opioid crisis has hit rural America especially hard where workers tend to have higher injury rates with many jobs requiring physical labor and involving more risk. A December survey by the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation found that as many as 74% of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis.  The opioid crisis has hit rural America especially hard where workers tend to have higher injury rates with many jobs requiring physical labor and involving more risk.


Iowa’s economy relies on a welcoming immigration policy

Des Moines Register | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in News

We are now more than a month past the deadline for DACA’s expiration. DREAMers have been on pins and needles since President Trump cruelly announced the end of the program in September, and the widespread implications for our communities across the country are being realized on social and economic levels. Many trends, including a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, point toward widespread depopulation in rural areas.


The Keystone Pipeline oil spill was nearly twice as big as TransCanada said

Vice News | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in Energy News

In November, the Keystone Pipeline spilled hundreds of thousands of barrels of highly-polluting tar sands oil, leaving a visible stain across a swath of South Dakota farmland. It came at an inopportune time: four days before a Nebraska commission was set to vote to approve an extension of that pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would move 830,000 extra barrels of oil per day through the Midwest to refineries in Texas and Illinois.


Double Up Food Bucks program gives extra funding for produce

ABC News | Posted onApril 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

Have you heard of Double Up Food Bucks Arizona? It has been around since 2015, but program organizers said not enough people are using it.  If you or someone you know is receiving SNAP benefits, which were formally known as food stamps, they can use Double Up Food Bucks Arizona to get more healthy fruits and vegetables directly from Arizona farmers. SB 1245 is making its way through the state legislature with broad bipartisan support right now and it would allocate more money to the program.  Participants can go to farmers market locationsand spend up to $20 on SNAP-eligible items.


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