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Top 5 Rural News Stories from Last Week (April 21, 2024)

New testing requirements for dairy cattle producers facing HPAI; ranchers fire back on a controversial proposal from the Bureau of Land Management; and our latest feel-good stories about some country music legends.

This week’s RURAL WRAP-UP covers the week of April 8-14, 2024.

For a list of today’s top headlines, check out the RURAL RUNDOWN.


Ranchers: Controversial Bureau of Land Management proposal threatens multiple uses of public lands

A controversial proposal by the Bureau of Land Management has become official, sparking controversy among American ranchers, especially in the Western U.S., who argue that the regulations threaten multiple uses of public lands.

Executive Director of the Public Lands Council Kaitlynn Glover spoke with RFD-TV’s own Tammi Arender on what the rule entails, the impact on producers, and what can be done to revise the rule moving forward.



USDA announces testing guidelines for HPAI in dairy cattle

As of this week, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) now requires any dairy cattle to undergo free testing for High-Path Avian Flu (HPAI H5N1) before interstate travel. Positive cases must be directly reported to the USDA for tracing.

We’ve compiled what producers need to know as well as links to additional guidelines and other resources available through the USDA and more information provided by the University of Wisconsin:



Let’s visit Michigan’s new $47 million, six-story flour mill!

A new 47 million-dollar flour mill has opened up in Lowell, Michigan.
The Michigan Farm Bureau takes us along to the ribbon cutting of the six-floor facility to learn more.



The House That Bocephus Built: Hank Williams Jr’s custom-built Tennessee home has been sold

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Photo via Cannon Realty Group IG

After nearly two years on and off the real estate market, country music legend Hank Williams, Jr. finally sold his home in Springville, Tennessee. Find out more about Bocephus’ 1,566-square-foot, five-bed, eight-bath farmhouse:



Feel Good Stories: Babies named June Carter and Johnny Cash born minutes apart in the same hospital

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Photo via Windield’s Mule Day

Recently, two mothers gave birth to some legends.

One mother, Sophie Carter, gave birth at Huntsville Hospital to a baby girl named June Carter. A few hours later at the same hospital, Nicole Davis gave birth to a baby boy named Johnny Cash. No pre-planning was involved and the mothers were total strangers.


Marion is a digital content manager for RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel. She started working for Rural Media Group in May 2022, bringing a decade of experience in the digital side of broadcast media as well as some professional cooking experience to the team.