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Multiple sectors of agriculture have been hit hard with the effects of COVID-19, and potato production is no exception. According to Kelly Turner, executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, some sectors of potato growers out west are hurting,...
The latest Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University shows farmland prices are declining while farmer borrowing is growing. Released last week, the overall index for May increased to 12.5 from April's record low 12.1, but down significantly from March's weak...
Growers have the luxury of planting most vegetable crops on an annual basis, timed to avoid conditions that cause bolting, but some early seeded and transplanted crops may experience those conditions. Flowering in most winter annual and biennial plants...
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced Senate Bill 3842, called the Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act. Wicker authored legislation that would establish a Rural Assistance Pilot Program to help rural communities and localities better utilize and leverage existing Department of Transportation funding...
Rural communities across the state are struggling to fight both the COVID-19 infection and opioid drug addiction. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, there had been progress in rural areas on dealing with opioid addition. But since COVID-19 arrived...

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The USDA says the number of H-2A workers increased five-fold between 2005 and 2019. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) says this data is an indicator...

Rainfall last week hampered significant planting progress in Michigan, leaving 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork. According to USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report for Michigan, it’s...

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that the department is investing $281 million in 106...
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