Beginning farmers and ranchers benefit from act introduced in Congress

On Nov. 8, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act was introduced in Congress by Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.).
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23 million rural Americans are without broadband access

Disparity in rural high-speed internet access has recently garnered national attention.
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America’s family farmers and ranchers let down

Family farmers and ranchers have waited years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institute basic fairness protections in the poultry and livestock industries.
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Revenue flow from powerlines varies from state to state

Transmission projects announced during the last 10 years are now beginning to come online.
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People powered capital

Almost weekly, I read surprising new statistics about capital concentration.
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Local food served on school lunch trays nationwide

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the importance of improving child nutrition, supporting local economies and educating communities about the origins of their food.
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DACA recipients are stimulating small towns

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided hard-working young people and their families with a measure of stability.
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USDA Rural Development fills resource gaps in small towns

Over the years, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s funding has served as a lifeline for rural communities, providing critical funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, public and community buildings, and essential community service facilities.
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Students and educators benefit from growing food

In the last 20 years, small schools facing budget cuts often removed elective classes. This left skills like cooking and growing fruits and vegetables unlearned.
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Farmers markets increase access to fresh food

There is nothing better than slicing up a ripe garden tomato fresh off the vine. However, some may not have the means to grow fresh vegetables in their backyards.
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