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Rural Wrap-Up: Five things you missed last week

Here are five things you missed last week, from President Biden signing the rail labor agreement to two rare animal spottings.

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1. President Biden signed legislation to block a rail strike

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The rail labor agreement was signed the same week both the House and Senate voted for its approval.

During the signing at the White House, President Biden said, “We’ve spared the country this catastrophe. I know this was a tough vote for members of both parties. It was tough for me, but it was the right thing to do at the moment.”

Ag groups applauded the news.

To read the full story, click HERE.

2. HPAI continued its warpath on the poultry industry

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So far this year, 8 million turkeys have been lost to High Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

Those are part of the record-setting 50 million+ birds killed because of the outbreak. It is the deadliest, after passing the previous record set in 2015.

To read the full story, click HERE.

3. EPA released Renewable Fuels Standards for 2023-2025

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The Agency is proposing to set the 2023 standard requirements at 20.82 billion gallons with the 5.82 billion gallons of that coming from advanced biofuels and 15 billion gallons coming from fuels like ethanol.

For 2024, the Agency is proposing a total volume of 21.87 billion gallons with 6.62 billion coming from advanced biofuels and 15.25 billion coming from conventional renewable fuels.

For 2025, they propose a total volume of 22.68 billion gallons with 7.43 billion coming from advanced biofuels and 15.25 coming from conventional renewable fuel.

To read the full story, click HERE.

4. Russian attacks destroyed grain elevator owners’ storage operations

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Over the past 8 years, the company built grain storage and became one of the three largest traders in Eastern Ukraine.

Now, their facility was destroyed by fire, and now, they do not know the condition of the equipment that was left there.

After the occupation, there was nothing left of the profitable business.

To read the full story, click HERE.

5. Rare white deer and white bald eagle were spotted

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Photo via West Seneca Police Department Facebook page

A rare white deer was recently spotted in West Seneca, New York.

The West Seneca Police Department called it a “majestic being” and said it could possibly be a “Seneca White Deer,” but appeared to be a “leucistic white-tailed deer.”

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Photo via Fox 23 News

In Oklahoma, a leucistic bald eagle was spotted. Similar to the deer, its rare condition is not to be confused with albinism. It is a genetic condition that prevents pigments from reaching the feathers.

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