New USDA Funding: Improving rural health care and nutrition

The USDA is working to improve rural health care.

The Biden Administration is awarding $74 million in grants for rural towns. The funding will help 143 rural health care organizations expand critical services for three million people in 37 states, including Guam and Puerto Rico. The investment will help rural hospitals and health care providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, increase staffing, make necessary renovations and purchase medical supplies.

The USDA is also investing in dietary health and nutrition security. The department is funding almost $8 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Produce Prescription Program. Their projects provide incentives to help those in need purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. 17 projects are being awarded across the country.


3 million children will benefit from new USDA farm-to-school funding

There’s still time to apply for USDA emergency relief funds!

The USDA and EPA are partnering to improve wastewater management


Livestock showmen are an important aspect of the pork industry and, of course, should be celebrated on National Pig Day!
The drought along the Mississippi River is over, for now, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
The European Agriculture Commissioner is proposing a policy shift as farmers continue to protest, suggesting an EU-wide change on rules that limit ag production, saying the current laws raise food security risks.
USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says we are heading into spring rather quickly and ahead of schedule, which could have negative implications for small grains and blooming fruit crops.
Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join Host and Market Day Report Anchor Christina Loren as she interviews members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
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Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.