rural areas – Indice Rural http://indicerural.com/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 02:56:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://indicerural.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png rural areas – Indice Rural http://indicerural.com/ 32 32 Iowa Rural Development Council Announces 2022 Iowa Rural Summit | News https://indicerural.com/iowa-rural-development-council-announces-2022-iowa-rural-summit-news/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 15:36:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/iowa-rural-development-council-announces-2022-iowa-rural-summit-news/

Iowans interested in issues vital to rural communities are invited to attend the 2022 Iowa Rural Summit, hosted by the Iowa Rural Development Council. The event will take place April 12-13 at the Gateway Hotel and Convention Center in Ames, Iowa. Communities are encouraged to enter teams of three, although individuals are also eligible to attend the event. New for Summit 2022, college students interested in rural issues and economic development can register at a reduced price.

To register for the event as an individual, team or student, visit www.iowardc.org/summit. The cost for a team of three is $210. Individuals can register for $190 and students for $25. Registration fees include admission to all Rural Summit events, breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and lunch on Tuesday.

“We look forward to a big Summit this year in Ames,” said Bill Menner, executive director of the Iowa Rural Development Council. “Last year’s Summit brought together nearly 250 Iowans, and we hope Ames’ central location will encourage more to attend this year.”

Pre-summit events on April 11 include a rural housing readiness assessment workshop and a tour of the Iowa State Digital Fabrication Lab. Another pre-conference tour will feature Gross-Wen Technologies and a demonstration of its algae-based system used to treat the city’s wastewater.

Tuesday the 12th features sessions on how to make rural areas more welcoming and how to recruit and train rural leaders. Other topics on day one include the growth of rural agri-tech businesses, building broadband for all, housing success stories, aging and living in place. The day ends with the presentation of the first Rand Fisher Award for Rural Leadership.

Wednesday’s events include a panel discussion on the impacts of the 2020 U.S. Census. Additionally, the popular “45 Ideas in 45 Minutes” session allows communities to share their successes. The day ends with a closing speech from Iowan Brenda Clark Hamilton on the need for dynamic leadership in rural Iowa. The Summit adjourned at noon.

The Iowa Rural Development Council was created in 1992 by presidential decree. Today, a wide range of public-private partners support its goal of empowering small towns and building the capacity of rural leaders.

Sponsors for this year’s summit include the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa Initiative, ITC Midwest, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, DA Davidson, IADG Community Foundation, Impact 7G, Grinnell Mutual, AARP, Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor and Monkeythis.

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The best days are ahead for the rural economy https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/

As a lifelong Hoosier, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family’s farm in Austin and have been involved in rural communities ever since.

During my 20 years of service in the Indiana House of Representatives, I have been committed to creating better opportunities for rural Indiana through educational, agricultural, and rural development initiatives, including the expansion of broadband connectivity. Under the leadership of President Biden and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, I look forward to continuing these efforts.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America has succeeded, so has the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Indiana over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example, last week my staff attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Cannelton’s $11.4 million wastewater treatment infrastructure project. With assistance from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, the city will replace 6,000 feet of damaged sewer lines, build a new lift station, and construct a new sewer facility. wastewater treatment that will benefit nearly 1,600 people.

A great example of how we’re helping support Indiana’s food supply chain is investing in agricultural producers and small businesses like family-owned cheesemakers Jacobs & Brichford. Farmers recently received a $247,000 value-added producer grant to expand marketing and sales of their award-winning raw milk cheese products.

Additionally, through programs such as the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diversified and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Indiana stays right here in Indiana.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide affordable high-speed Internet service for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Indiana.

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New Michigan Office of Rural Development announces chief https://indicerural.com/new-michigan-office-of-rural-development-announces-chief/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 04:04:58 +0000 https://indicerural.com/new-michigan-office-of-rural-development-announces-chief/ What is happening: Michigan’s Office of Rural Development was first announced earlier this year, the result of a Executive Directive that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released Jan. 4, 2022. Now the fledgling office has its head: Sarah Lucas, Michigan’s first deputy for rural development. Lucas was announced as an assistant on Tuesday March 15 and is officially set to start on Monday April 18.

A bit of context: the Rural Development Office operates within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), created to meet and advance the needs of rural communities throughout the state. The office will coordinate and facilitate rural development efforts and serve as a point of contact for community leaders on issues facing rural areas.

Target areas: As announced when it was created, the Rural Development Office will endeavor to work with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on issues of economic development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on affordable housing issues. Additional focus areas include sustainability, environmental conservation, and green energy efforts; address population and demographic trends; education issues; expand access to high-speed Internet; and working with tribal leaders in Michigan.

“Through inclusive collaboration, we are committed to investing in our rural communities and businesses through job creation, infrastructure and housing expansion, and environmental sustainability,” said Gary McDowell, director of MDARD. “Sarah [Lucas] will focus on reinvigorating Michigan’s rural economies and be their partner on the critical issues they face.”

About Sarah: Lucas has spent the past 20 years in community and economic development in small communities and rural areas of Michigan, most recently serving as CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette County. She lives with her family in Marquette.

What they say : “Having spent most of her career in small towns and rural areas of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Sarah has a deep connection and understanding of the challenges facing our rural communities,” says McDowell. “His more than 20 years of passion and experience will serve the people of Michigan well.”

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Op-Ed Brighter days ahead for the rural economy https://indicerural.com/op-ed-brighter-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 23:22:24 +0000 https://indicerural.com/op-ed-brighter-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/

Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune)—Growing up on a family farm in West Tennessee, I remember my parents sharing with me the struggles to rise to the middle class. They had humble beginnings owning a small frame house before they could build a new house on the same property. This was accomplished with the help of Farmers Home Administration, now known as USDA Rural Development. It is an honor to represent our agency and its mission to build prosperity for rural America.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as the success of rural America goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Tennessee over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

In fiscal year 2021, Lauderdale Community Hospital received a $7.5 million commercial and industrial loan to purchase hospital assets to prevent the West Tennessee rural hospital from closing. . This purchase maintains the access of very poor rural areas to emergency medical care during the COVID 19 pandemic, the employment of highly qualified professionals (saving 72 jobs) and the possibility of creating new employment opportunities.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Tennessee stays right here in Tennessee.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Tennessee.

From the USDA office Rural Development – Arlisa Armstrong, Tennessee State Director

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Comcast Invests $1 Million to Bring Broadband to Rural Community of Biola, California in Fresno County https://indicerural.com/comcast-invests-1-million-to-bring-broadband-to-rural-community-of-biola-california-in-fresno-county/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/comcast-invests-1-million-to-bring-broadband-to-rural-community-of-biola-california-in-fresno-county/

Comcast Opens Three New Elevator Zones Offering Free Wi-Fi, Donates More Than $100,000 and 250 Free Laptops to Boost Digital Equity in the Region

Livermore, CA –News Direct– Comcast CA

Comcast today announced that it has invested $1 million to bring broadband to Biola, California, a rural community in Fresno County. As part of its broader digital equity initiative in California, Comcast will also open three new lift zones in the Central Valley region, donate more than $100,000 to community organizations for digital literacy programs and will provide free laptops to 250 families.

Biola residential customers will now have access to all Xfinity services, including Internet Essentials, which provides high-speed home Internet for $9.95 per month (plus tax) for qualified families/individuals. Businesses in the area will also now be able to obtain the full suite of Comcast Business products and services.

Additionally, Comcast announced the opening of three new WiFi-connected community centers called Lift Zones, one in the Biola Community Services District and two in Reading & Beyond located in southeast Fresno. Each location will offer free Wi-Fi access to students, families, seniors and community members. With these three additions, Comcast has now established 13 Lift Zones in Fresno County and a total of 150 Lift Zones throughout our California footprint. Last year, Comcast launched Lift Zones at 10 Boys & Girls clubs. Through these overall investments and by providing reliable Wi-Fi service in multiple educational and community spaces, as well as homes and businesses, Comcast has helped thousands of people in the Central Valley connect and participate more fully in the digital economy.

In addition to providing free Wi-Fi service at new Lift Zone locations, Comcast donated $102,000 to community partners – Fresno State Parent University received $77,000 to help residents get training digital literacy and job readiness and $25,000 to Reading & Beyond to provide digital literacy training to students, families, seniors and community members.

“Broadband high-speed access is a game-changer for Biola residents and business owners,” said Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco. “Our world has become even more dependent on the Internet for learning, teaching, working, finding health services and so many other aspects of daily life. Comcast’s new high-speed Internet services, combined with these significant financial contributions to our community, will help so many individuals, families and businesses in our area. I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality.

“The need for fast, secure Internet service has never been greater than it is today, and I am pleased to see Comcast continue to invest in rural areas such as Biola to help our underserved communities,” said said Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Member of the California State Assembly. . “Bold investments like Comcast’s have a significant impact. Helping families get affordable and reliable internet access opens up many realms of opportunity, maximizes potential and creates lasting change.

“I greatly appreciate the efforts made by Comcast’s significant investments in our rural communities and the expansion of broadband access,” said Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the San Joaquin Broadband Consortium. “Continuing to support public-private partnerships, such as Comcast and the community of Biola, to create digital equity solutions can be a model of what can be accomplished together. These partnerships will help create vital educational opportunities, workforce development skills, and overall quality of life for our residents and their families in the region.

Extending its network and broadband services to rural areas is an important part of Comcast’s overall effort to increase digital equity. Another essential is Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home. This includes more than 1.4 million residents of California, which is the leading state in terms of overall participation in the Internet Essentials program. Today’s donation is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills needed to succeed in a world digital. For more information on Comcast’s Comprehensive Connectivity Program for Low-Income Americans, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials.

Finally, Comcast is making the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) available for all speed levels of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials. ACP is a federal program that provides eligible customers with up to $30 per month in credit for their Internet and mobile services for the duration of the program. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/free or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and to register.

ABOUT COMCAST CORPORATION:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Better days are ahead for the rural economy – www.elizabethton.com https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-www-elizabethton-com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 18:15:11 +0000 https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-www-elizabethton-com/

BY ARLISA ARMSTRONG
Growing up on a family farm in West Tennessee, I remember my parents sharing with me the struggles of rising to the middle class. They had humble beginnings owning a small frame house before they could build a new house on the same property. This was accomplished with the help of Farmers Home Administration, now known as USDA Rural Development. It is an honor to represent our agency and its mission to build prosperity for rural America.
Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.
The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.
The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.
But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.
That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Tennessee over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.
In fiscal year 2021, Lauderdale Community Hospital received a $7.5 million commercial and industrial loan to purchase hospital assets to prevent the West Tennessee rural hospital from closing. . This purchase maintains the access of very poor rural areas to emergency medical care during the COVID 19 pandemic, the employment of highly qualified professionals (saving 72 jobs) and the possibility of creating new employment opportunities.
These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Tennessee stays right here in Tennessee.
And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide affordable high-speed Internet service for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.
The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.
That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.
By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.
For many of us, that means staying here in rural Tennessee.
(Arlisa Armstrong is the Tennessee State Director for Rural Development at the USDA)

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Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Sarah Lucas Appointed Rural Development Assistant https://indicerural.com/lake-superior-community-partnership-ceo-sarah-lucas-appointed-rural-development-assistant/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/lake-superior-community-partnership-ceo-sarah-lucas-appointed-rural-development-assistant/

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Michigan (WLUC) – Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) CEO Sarah Lucas was recently appointed to the new Michigan State Office of Rural Development, effective April 18.

“While we are disappointed to see her leave the LSCP, we are delighted that Sarah is joining the Office of Rural Development, for which the LSCP has been a cheerleader in supporting its establishment,” said the board chairwoman. administration of the LSCP, Roxanne Daust. “This Department of State is extremely important to Upper Michigan, and we are thrilled to have a friend of the LSCP and the community lead the new department.”

In January, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the Office of Rural Development within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) via Executive Directive 2022-01 to focus on the strategic needs of rural Michigan, including including economic and labor development, infrastructure, public health. , and environmental sustainability.

“I have spent my career working with and advocating for the causes of rural communities and I care deeply about the challenges and opportunities they face,” said Lucas. “I am honored to have this opportunity to use the knowledge and relationships I have built over the years to support rural Michigan through the Office of Rural Development, and I am excited to continue working with partners like the LSCP in this new role.”

As Deputy Rural Development, Lucas will serve as the state point of contact for community leaders on pressing rural issues.

“Having spent most of her career in small towns and rural areas of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Sarah has a deep connection and understanding of the challenges facing our rural communities. His more than 20 years of passion and experience will serve the Michiganders well,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Rural Michigan is a fundamental part of Michigan’s economy. This new office will play a crucial role in supporting MDARD’s efforts and leading new ones as we work together to build a more prosperous rural economy.

During his tenure as CEO of LSCP, Lucas spearheaded new community initiatives and led the implementation of the organization’s vision and strategy. To ensure continuity and continued momentum on all of the LSCP’s strategic priorities, Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA), will serve as interim CEO while the position is filled. while continuing to serve in his current position. Ellis worked for the LSCP as Vice President for many years prior to her role in the Dickinson area. She works daily directly with LSCP staff as a key regional partner in economic development.

“With such an experienced team currently at LSCP, I am confident the transition will be smooth until the new CEO is hired,” Ellis said. “The community can continue to expect our team to continue to meet the county’s economic development needs.”

Lucas’ last day with the LSCP will be April 15, 2022. The board is currently looking for a replacement for the position.

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Accelecom and The Center for Rural Development creates partnership https://indicerural.com/accelecom-and-the-center-for-rural-development-creates-partnership/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:45:21 +0000 https://indicerural.com/accelecom-and-the-center-for-rural-development-creates-partnership/

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Accelecom and The Center for Rural Development (CRD) have teamed up to bring new fiber-optic infrastructure to the CRD’s 45 county region. As the exclusive partner with the KentuckyWired network, Accelecom has been busy investing and expanding fiber within the region for local business use and facilitating Kentucky internet service providers to reach new areas to provide broadband service.

As the COVID pandemic hit, the CRD wanted to assist rural area health departments to upgrade their access to a high-speed secured fiber network so they could utilize Telehealth solutions.

Richard Taylor, Executive Vice President of CRD, and Dana Nickles, Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Departments Association and Kentucky Public Health Association, worked to explore this opportunity. Taylor explains, “We were right in the middle of the pandemic. We realized we needed to come up with a bold move forward and make a difference. This all really began as a telehealth initiative. Health departments were at the forefront of all of this so we pulled together a panel of Kentucky healthcare experts and asked what we could do to help while they were flooded. These experts proposed items like electronic medical record (EMR) software and other projects, which were great ideas, but highlighted a huge missing component: broadband connectivity. When the discussion was expanded to include health department directors, we uncovered that they needed better broadband.”

Healthcare organizations are having to rely on bandwidth-intensive applications, meaning they need access to a network that is high-speed and reliable. The demand for easy access to healthcare services is going to continue to grow, placing greater expectations on healthcare providers. With telehealth visits on the rise, especially thanks to the pandemic, it’s important that Kentucky healthcare providers stay in front of connectivity concerns within their local communities.

Patients’ experiences and expectations should be the top concern for healthcare organizations moving forward. “That’s where Accelecom was brought in,” Taylor states. Accelecom successfully helps these rural healthcare organizations in Kentucky, like Lake Cumberland Health District or Pike County Health Department, get access to reliable internet and ethernet services.

Having access to high-speed, fiber broadband allows Kentucky healthcare providers the ability to communicate more efficiently, not only internally throughout their multi-location sites, but also with their patients. Having multiple departments and locations on one private network is huge for both efficiency and security.

These clinics will also now be able to properly offer telehealth solutions to their patients. By connecting to Accelecom’s network, these rural clinics, which are already strapped for cash, are not only saving money but are increasing their ability to offer software features their patients otherwise couldn’t have. “This is an exciting time for healthcare in Kentucky. Broadband availability has always been a challenge in our rural areas.

Bringing these low-cost, high-speed connections will give these health departments enough speed to utilize new bandwidth-intensive applications and allow them to grow into the future without worrying if they have the capability,” states Kathryn Robertson, Director of Business Development at Accelecom.

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Red Tractor ‘fails to regulate’ pesticide use for UK supermarket produce | Agriculture https://indicerural.com/red-tractor-fails-to-regulate-pesticide-use-for-uk-supermarket-produce-agriculture/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:33:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/red-tractor-fails-to-regulate-pesticide-use-for-uk-supermarket-produce-agriculture/

The Red Tractor scheme, used to mark food produced to a ‘high standard’, fails to regulate the use of pesticides on farms, according to a report.

As the largest agricultural and food assurance scheme in the UK, which certifies around 50,000 farmers, Red Tractor is responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental standards. The products are sold in all major UK supermarkets.

The Red Tractor program certifies approximately 50,000 farmers. Photography: Red Tractor

However, most farmers surveyed by the Nature Friendly Farming Network said the program did not help them reduce pesticides.

Overall, farmers felt that Red Tractor did not help them meaningfully consider their pesticide management and was ineffective in helping them reduce pesticide use. Only five of 24 survey respondents said they had been encouraged by Red Tractor to review their pesticide management.

Martin Lines, co-author of the report and president of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, said: “Our interviews with Red Tractor certified farmers revealed that the standards hardly encourage – let alone support – farmers to reduce their use. of pesticides.

“Many UK farmers are working hard to switch to using non-chemical alternatives and it is time for Red Tractor, as our largest agricultural and food insurance scheme, to become a key player in driving the transition. towards more sustainable agricultural systems. Farmers want – and need – their support to work with nature rather than against it.

The report also pointed out that Red Tractor had no targets to reduce the use of these harmful chemicals. Recent studies have revealed alarming global declines in insect populations, with more than 40% of insect species declining and a third endangered. Along with habitat loss, pesticides have been identified as one of the main factors behind these declines. In the UK, butterflies have declined by 50% since 1976 and 13 species of bees have disappeared.

Perhaps due to the decline of insects, higher up the food chain, farmland birds have declined by 54% since 1970 and hedgehog numbers have dropped by up to 50% in rural areas since 2002.

Additionally, the pesticides that pose the highest risks to human health and the environment, known by the UN as “highly hazardous pesticides,” are not targeted for phase-out by the program. The Red Tractor standards do not include any additional restrictions on the pesticides farmers are allowed to use.

Josie Cohen, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Pesticide Action Network UK, said: “If we are to have any hope of solving the biodiversity crisis, we need to move away from our reliance on pesticides. But Red Tractor’s standards continue to prioritize the use of chemicals, with no limits on how much or where they can be used. Unlike many UK supermarkets, Red Tractor allows its farmers to use any legal pesticide product, regardless of concerns about impacts on human health or the environment.

Red Tractor responded that the industry as a whole needed to change its attitude towards pesticides, otherwise large numbers of farmers would be left behind and excluded from standards systems. He added that the new report “makes constructive suggestions about how Red Tractor content can evolve to meet these challenges and we welcome this contribution to the debate.”

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Better days ahead for the rural economy | Local News https://indicerural.com/better-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-local-news/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:57:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/better-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-local-news/

As a lifelong Hoosier, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family’s farm in Austin and have been involved in rural communities ever since. During my 20 years of service in the Indiana House of Representatives, I have been committed to creating better opportunities for rural Indiana through educational, agricultural, and rural development initiatives, including the expansion of broadband connectivity. Under the leadership of President Biden and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, I look forward to continuing these efforts.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Indiana over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example, last week my staff attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Cannelton’s $11.4 million wastewater treatment infrastructure project. With assistance from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, the city will replace 6,000 feet of damaged sewer lines, build a new lift station, and construct a new sewer facility. wastewater treatment that will benefit nearly 1,600 people.

A great example of how we’re helping support Indiana’s food supply chain is investing in agricultural producers and small businesses like family-owned cheesemakers Jacobs & Brichford. Farmers recently received a $247,000 value-added producer grant to expand marketing and sales of their award-winning raw milk cheese products.

Additionally, through programs such as the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diversified and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Indiana stays right here in Indiana.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Indiana.

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