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Rural Wrap-Up: Five things you missed last week


1. President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act

Photo via Official Twitter page

Photo via Official Twitter page

The legislation provides major spending for rural America in hopes of lowering costs for rural families, creating jobs in rural communities, and a strong focus on improving soil health and water quality.

Roughly $20 million will be available to help improve soil health, increase crop yields, and reduce fertilizer costs.

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2. Russia sent missile strikes to 2 Ukrainian ports


Russian missiles struck two Ukrainian ports in Odesa and Mykolaiv after a series of explosions in Crimea. Analysts believe it is part of a bigger effort to remove Russian forces from territories.

The strikes came a day after explosions hit Crimea for the second time in less than two weeks.

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3. Study found that junk food and sweets are healthier than meats


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Research from Tufts University shows sugary cereals, potato chips, and M&M’s are allegedly healthier than meats like pork chops, beef, and sausage.

Researchers looked at more than 8,000 foods and beverages to create a food compass. They rated each item on nine nutritional values and scored each on a scale from 0-100.

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4. Farmers reacted to FDA’s revised ag water rule


The Agricultural Water Rule establishes microbial quality standards for agriculture and irrigation water. It is an effort to keep pathogens out of foods typically eaten raw, like fruits or vegetables.

The FDA clarified the proposed rule only applies if ag water contacts the harvestable portion of a plant.

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5. Russia’s invasion on Ukraine hampered their sunflower production


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Ukraine is a major producer and exporter of vegetable oils, especially when it comes to sunflower oil.

Because of the war, only 15 percent of oil seed crushing plants are in operation. Invaders declared that they would take over the three largest plants in a region.

This is only one side of the coin, though. Most of the plants have shut down and cannot market their products.

To read the full story, click HERE.