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USDA Announces Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

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$72 Million Available to Help Rural Residents Gain Access to Health Care and Educational Opportunities WASHINGTON, April 3, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is opening a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. “Due…

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USDA Invests $65 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 14 States

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New Schools, Libraries, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit More Than 600,000 People and Help Communities Thrive WASHINGTON, April 2, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced that USDA is investing $65 million to improve critical community facilities (PDF, 154 KB) to benefit…

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Farm Journal Live: COVID-19 Environmental Impact

If you missed the live webcast, watch the recording here:     The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the environment as fossil fuel use is down sharply. What does that tell us about claims of agriculture’s contribution to climate change? We’ll talk with agriculture environmental expert Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of…

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It’s Time to Vote In the ‘Show Us Your Bulls’ Photo Contest!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos for our “Show Us Your Bulls” photo contest! We had a wide selection of colors, breeds, regions and situations represented, which show us how vast and exciting it is to be working in the beef industry. Voting is now open! The winner of the contest will be…

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COVID-19: Kansas Ranchers Urged To Reduce Burning

The COVID-19 pandemic will impact Kansas and Oklahoma ranchers who routinely burn native grasslands in the spring. Fire is a tool ranchers use in the Kansas Flint Hills to eliminate weeds, woody plants and other invasive species in native grass pastures, but this year the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is asking land owners and…

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USMEF Audio: For U.S. Meat, Positive Signs Emerging in Asian Markets

Since the beginning of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges for the food industry in Asia, with in-restaurant dining suspended in some countries for several weeks. However, demand for pork and beef has proven resilient at the retail level, with supermarket sales remaining very strong and consumers greatly increasing their use of e-commerce platforms and…

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Tyson Will Pay Frontline Workers $60 Million In Bonuses

Tyson Foods, Inc, announced on Tuesday it will pay approximately $60 million in “thank you” bonuses to its 116,000 frontline employees and Tyson truckers in the U.S. who support the company’s operations to provide food each day during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bonuses are in addition to other company-announced efforts to support workers, plant communities…

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Keeping Feed Costs Low Amid Tight Supplies

After the wet weather in 2019, you may have concerns about your silage supply lasting another six months until the new crop. Take the first step by calculating your silage inventory. “It’s always better to reduce silage by 10 or 15 lb. a day for six months than to pull it out completely in a…

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Farmers, Don’t Be “Tough”

In the midst of COVID-19, one of the advantages of living in rural America is that it has a relatively low population density. And that’s important, because there’s less contact between susceptible and infected people, according to Jim Lowe, DVM, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine I-Learning Center at the University of Illinois.  With…

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USDA Engages Public for Input on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda

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Washington, D.C., April 1, 2020 – To further the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) work on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA), USDA today announced it is seeking public and private sector input on the most important innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. Using input provided, USDA will identify common…

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