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  • USDA will open some FSA offices | USDA

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.   In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline. See complete list.

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  • ‘Dairy farmers are eroding their profits for the pleasure of producing extra milk’ | The Bull Vine

    Speaking at the Irish Grassland Association’s (IGA) Dairy Conference on January 9 in Co. Cork, John Roche from Down to Earth Advice presented on the topic of producing marginal milk to the large crowd in attendance on the day. “In the Irish system of milk production, base milk is cheap and marginal milk is very expensive to produce. Many dairy farmers are eroding their profits for the pleasure of producing extra milk; ego farming is what I like to call it,” the Kerry man explained.Touching on what marginal milk is, John said: “Marginal milk is the addition or reduction in milk production when you make a change to a farming system according to the reports published in

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  • Updated Canadian Food Safety Rules | Meating Place (free registration required)

    Food businesses that import or prepare food for export from Canada will be required to follow new rules designed to remove unsafe food from the marketplace faster and stop the spread of disease, starting yesterday. The new Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations(SFCR), effective Jan. 15, cover a wide range of food safety-related efforts from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), including licensing, labeling standards, rules enforcement and new recall protocols. The program launch also includes CFIA-developed educational efforts such as online videos covering the new rules, documents outlining fee changes, an online glossary of key terms and a downloadable handbook for businesses seeking additional information about SFCR.    

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  • Telemedicine Will Enhance, Not Replace Doctors In Rural Wisconsin | Wisconsin Public Radio

    Medical centers in rural Wisconsin are working to meet the needs of underserved patients through technology — but that’s slow going and may not be the best replacement for human interaction in the future. Telemedicine, which involves the treatment or diagnosis of a patient remotely using telecommunications like video conferencing, is seen as a tool that can help improve the health of Wisconsin’s underserved rural population and its use has expanded in recent years."(Telemedicine can) provide life-saving advice within minutes where it used to be hours," said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health which operates medical facilities in rural and urban areas in western and northeastern Wisconsin.

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  • How Is Rural America Saving Itself? | Wisconsin Public Radio

    Recent news analysis has asked - and tried to answer the question - of whether we can we save rural America. But our guest says that's the wrong question. He joins us to explore how rural America is saving itself and why rethinking what economic success looks like is key for the future of rural success.

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Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices.