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USDA Direct Loans
1:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Money Available for Rural Home Loans

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to help potential low-income home buyers. The agency plans to spend millions this year on rural home loans.

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Thousands were Sickened
1:05 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Iowa Egg Farm Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

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The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.

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Local Foods, Urban Markets
11:48 am
Fri May 9, 2014

USDA to Use Rural Development Money for Local Food Connections

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says local food projects in cities that show a direct benefit to rural producers can be considered for USDA loan guarantees.
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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

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10th Tri-State Development Summit
11:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Regional Leaders Talk Transportation, Economic Development in Hannibal

More than 300 people attended the 10th Tri-State Development Summit in Hannibal, Mo.

A summit that brings together business, government and community leaders from throughout the tri-state region reached a milestone on Wednesday, May 7.

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Suicide More Prevalent in Rural Areas
1:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

U.S. Farmers and Suicide

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men.
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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Virus Killing Piglets
9:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

USDA Makes PED Reportable Disease

The PED virus has hit hog farms all over the country and cut pork supplies.
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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Prospective Plantings Report
6:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

USDA Predicts More Soybean Acres This Year

Acres planted in soybeans could reach a record high this year.
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The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.

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Affected by Corn Prices
8:22 am
Tue January 28, 2014

For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year

With the price of corn down, farmers that rent land risk big losses if they don’t tread carefully.
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With the price of farmland at record levels across the Corn Belt, many farmers have been renting acres to plant. Now, with the price of corn and soybeans in freefall, farmers that depend on renting risk big losses if they’re unable to negotiate lower rents.

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USDA Tally
1:57 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Record US Corn Harvest in 2013

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U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to newly released USDA reports.

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Food Safety
2:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Most Imported Food Not Inspected

Produce at a supermarket
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Food and Drug Administration regulators inspected less than two-percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

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